Meet the artists: Saturday, October 09, 2pm – 4pm
In the Main Gallery
DRAWING THE WEST COAST (graphite) Charles Keillor
Charles Keillor’s art focuses on coastal life and landscape, often with an urban, industrial, or commercial component.
Since moving from the Lower Mainland to Vancouver Island, Keillor’s vision has expanded to include modes of transportation and their continuous connection to infrastructure, architecture, the economy, lifestyle, and the environment. The black and white graphite drawings in this exhibition explore relationships between human habitats and the immediate natural world. These stylized depictions also aim to examine aspects of anticipation, mystery, hope, and celebration.
In the Eve Smart Gallery
THE MEANS OF MAKING: DOCUMENTING GEOFFREY SMEDLEY’S GAMBIER ISLAND MACHINE ROOM (photography) by Robert Keziere
In 2009, Robert Keziere captured the extraordinary Gambier Island machine room of artist Geoffrey Smedley with an 8”x10” Deardorff view camera. The photographs depict Smedley’s assemblage of 19th– and 20th-century machines and tools used for the creation of his uniquely mechanical sculptures he called “metaphorical machines”. An artist, educator and scholar, Geoffrey Smedley (1927-2018) moved to Gambier Island following his 15 years as Professor at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver.
Since the 1970s, Robert Keziere has maintained an artistic photographic practice while also documenting art and exhibition installations on behalf of artists, public institutions, private collectors and publishers. From 1976-1982, he was head photographer at the Vancouver Art Gallery. Since 2020, Keziere has resided in Gibsons.