“Working While Working”

Nicholas Vandergugten

This exhibition opens on Friday, June 1st, 7:00–9:00 PM
Exhibition runs through Sunday, June 17th, 2018

Gallery Hours:
Saturdays and Sundays, 12 to 4 pm,
or by appointment.

In this multimedia installation, Working While Working, a filmed performance of on-the-clock labour by artist Nicholas Vandergugten is paired respectively with music by local folk artist Cosy Father, and autobiographical monologue by German Ocampo Salazar. Visitors are invited to attend their own unique iteration of the show through non-harmonized audio and video components that replace fixed narrative readings with synchronistic occurrences. Evoking the transformative potential of both physical and emotional work, this installation celebrates the dramatic retelling of internal personal struggles.

 

Artist’s Bio:
Born and raised in Victoria, BC, Nicholas Vandergugten is an artist and arts educator whose practice embraces printmaking, oil painting, and contemporary multimedia. Recent work has included filmed performances and collaborative arrangements celebrating the dramatic retelling and reworking of private internal struggles. As a workshop facilitator, Vandergugten has worked with various institutions including the Victoria Youth Empowerment Society, the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, and McTavish Academy of Art. He recently attended a residency at the Banff Centre for the Arts, Leightons’ Colony, and holds a BFA from the University of Victoria.