This exhibit explores how artists on the West Coast of BC, both settler and First Nations, respond to the local landscape as a means of expressing identity, while also suggesting ways in which an artist's identity provides a lens for presenting or interpreting landscape. The works selected highlight contrasting artistic approaches and ways of relating to West Coast landscapes, illustrating both First Nations' and settlers' complex relationships to the places they live.
Through a selection of prints, drawings, sculpture, paintings and mixed media works, this exhibit shows some of the many ways in which artists express identity in terms of a sense of self, place or community. The title of this exhibition refers at once to commonalities in how people relate to, identify with, inhabit or "resonate" with a particular place (convergence) and the differing ways artists see, experience, represent and interpret that place (divergence).
Some of the area's best-known artists are featured, including Emily Carr, Donald Harvey, E. J. Hughes, Max Maynard, Marianne Nicolson, Toni Onley and Norman Yates.
This exhibit runs August 17 to October 1, 2011, at the Legacy Art Gallery, 630 Yates Street. Hours are Wednesday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free. Visit uvac.uvic.ca or legacygallery.ca for more details.
Interim Director: Joy Davis
Curator of Collections: Caroline Riedel
Collections Coordinator: Cindy Vance
Secretary: Cheryl Robinson
Curatorial Assistants: Lily Jackson, Zoe McCormack, Sophie Pouyanne, Loring Rochacewich