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Nanaimo Art Gallery presents: Trusses

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Wednesday, June 29th, 2016
10:00 AM to 5:00 PM


June 9 to August 21, 2016

Sneak preview for RAIC delegates: June 8, 2:30-3:30. Curator will be in attendance.

Public opening reception: June 8, 2016, 7 pm

Shannon Bool | Lloyd House | Rebecca Loewen | Alex Morrison | Gailan Ngan | Wayne Ngan | Patkau Architects | Aaron Peck

Trusses is an exhibition of works by contemporary artists and architects that explores how buildings resonate through their uses and their intersections with other forms of culture. Bridging aesthetic and experiential languages, architecture is set in dialogue with painting, sculpture, pottery, writing, photography and film.

Bridging aesthetic and experiential languages, architecture is set in dialogue with painting, sculpture, pottery, writing, photography and film. While the title nods to the Old French etymology: trousse, which means "collection of things bound together," the structural configuration of a truss, as an assemblage that behaves as a single object, is also evoked in the very form of the exhibition, in which specific cultural supports, placed together, activate the whole.

Presented alongside the 2016 RAIC Festival of Architecture in Nanaimo, Trusses reflects Nanaimo’s position as an architectural and cultural intersection between Vancouver’s modern and postmodern structures, and the back to the land builder culture prominent on neighbouring gulf Islands.

Image credit: Alex Morrison, Utopia or Oblivion, 2011, colour inkjet photograph, 50 1/4 x 38 1/4"

John Patkau: Work/Play

Wednesday, June 8, 12 pm

Vancouver Island Conference Centre Tickets $10, available at Nanaimo Art Gallery, 250.754.1750

Included with RAIC Conference Registration As part of the Nanaimo Art Gallery exhibition Trusses, which explores relationships between art and architecture, John Patkau from Patkau Architects will present a lecture titled Work/Play.

The first part of the lecture will explore Patkau Architects' general design approach illustrated by a series of recently completed building projects and competitions commissioned by clients. The second part will focus on a series of ongoing research projects which in the main have been self-initiated. These projects focus on the spatial and structural implications of the direct manipulation of material to achieve innovative building forms.

The title of the presentation Work/Play reflects the strong duality in the nature of these two types of projects in terms of not only intention but also circumstance.

Biography: John founded Patkau Architects with Patricia in 1978. He is responsible for directing the activities of the firm, and with Patricia, for providing design leadership throughout each project from inception to completion. John is one of North America’s foremost designers. His contributions to the practice of architecture have been recognized by numerous awards including the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada Gold Medal for lifetime achievement and Membership in the Order of Canada for significant contribution to Canadian culture. Internationally, he has also been made an Honorary Fellow of both the American Institute of Architects and the Royal Institute of British Architects. In 1996, John represented Canada at the Venice Biennale.

Cost: Donation
Suggested: $2
Category: Arts | Entertainment
    Gallery | Exhibition
Location: Nanaimo Art Gallery - Downtown Gallery
150 Commercial Street, Nanaimo
This event is for Everyone
More Info: Nanaimo Art Gallery
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