PHASE II

has been announced by the BC government. That means our next show won't have to be virtual although we will continue to surrender our instagram page to current exhibiting artists and we will continue to archive shows via this webpage. 

 

Keep an eye on this page for our next exhibition and live music show announcements! 

On Now

  • Sat 20th Jun, 2020 until Sat 18th Jul, 2020Later Impressions: Tyler Witzel - Jul 14th @ the fifty fifty arts collective

    Later Impressions: Tyler Witzel

    On Later Impressions As a child, I discovered a small hollow below the surface of my backyard. From this cavernous space, I pulled out fragments of dirt-caked, painted porcelain. Laying out the pieces for examination, I was not only transfixed by the mystery of this unexpected find, but also by the history of the objects and their one-time existence as whole and useful entities. They were inextricably connected to people, places, and ideas. They told a story. Unable to reconstruct the pieces to their original state, I created a mosaic with them in the dirt. I liken my process of creating images to this experience. My drawings, paintings and sculptures are the results of excavations. I prospect an idea or theme and then break ground. I look inward, pulling fragments up to the surface —associations, symbols, metaphors—and reassemble them into a single narrative. Visually, the end result is a harmonization of disparate graphic elements. Though not always presented in a traditional or orderly fashion, there is still a story to be read. For "Later Impressions" I will be displaying new paintings as well as work created over the past two years at various artist residencies around the world. - The fifty fifty arts collective’s COVID-19 protocol · One visitor or household allowed in the gallery at a time. · Visitors are asked to wait outside until the gallery sit... read more...

  • Coming Up

  • Thu 23rd Jul, 2020 until Fri 14th Aug, 2020Postcards from the Pandemic: BOXCARSIX - Jul 14th @ the fifty fifty arts collective

    Postcards from the Pandemic: BOXCARSIX

    Postcards from the Pandemic is a collaborative mail art project of over 600 postcards that were created by artists in and around Victoria in the depths of social lockdown created by the Covid 19 pandemic. The project was begun in March 2020 by members of BOXCARSIX Artist Collective to stay connected, distract from the anxiety and boredom of the early days of the pandemic, and get us into the studio to make art. Each of us initiated a series of postcards for another person to add and respond to. Each card was then mailed on to another artist to add to and potentially complete the postcard. The concept of the project started to circulate on Instagram and among friends, and quickly grew from eight to sixty artists participating. Collaborations have been between just two people, or as many as six. Most cards typically involve three to four artists. This is artistic collaboration with a high degree of risk. Once a postcard is out of your hands you give up control of what happens to it next – and conversely when you start to work on a postcard you have received there is no guarantee that what you add will actually work! Each card is unique: the roster of artists has been constantly changing, and so the combination of media, imagery and approach used is infinitely variable. Some artists have painted, and used drawing, some have used collage, cutting and even stitch. Most have ... read more...