Jacquelyn Bortolussi and Danielle Proteau,
Curated by Daniel Laskarin

This exhibition opens on Friday, February 7th, 7:00–9:00 PM
Exhibition runs through Sunday, March 2nd, 2014
Gallery Hours:
Saturdays and Sundays, 12 to 4 pm
or by appointment.

Artist Talk — February 22, 1–2 p.m.
“A stupefied condition” by Jacquelyn Bortolussi

“Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, email, texting, video, the internet, television. This communication tends to set aside our physicality, the fact that we are bodies, and that our reception of media comes to roost through our physicality. But when things become physical, they can be tested, having real impact in/on real persons.”

This exhibition will feature new works that bring our physical participation in the world — in time, in sound, in conscious­ness generally — into immediate perceptual experience: sometimes playful, surprising, sometimes serious, thoroughly engaging.

Jacquelyn Bortolussi was born in New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada. She later moved to Vancouver Island to complete a Bachelor of Fine Arts at the University of Victoria. Upon graduating in 2012, Jacquelyn determined to pursue a professional art practice, and continues to explore the possibilities of contemporary sculpture and installation works. Recently she has become a part of the staff at the artist-run centre Open Space, where she submerges herself with participation in the Victoria arts culture.

Originally from a small town in the Okanagan, Danielle Proteau moved to Victoria in 2008 to study visual arts at the University of Victoria and gained her Fine Arts degree in 2012. After a year of traveling and documenting her experience through photography, she is now pursuing an independent practice in Victoria that focuses on sound and installation art.

Daniel Laskarin turned to visual art after a career in helicopters, completing an MFA at UCLA in 1991. His practice is object based, materially and philosophically rooted. Much of his work investigates the ways in which art may give sensory experience to consciousness; the works are a way of “thinking the world.” He uses diverse media in work that sometimes includes photography and video, optics, robotics systems, installation and sound. As well, he has been involved with set design, public image projections, and large-scale public commissions in Vancouver and Seattle. He has exhibited in Canada, and internationally. After teaching studio, history, and theory at Simon Fraser University, and Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design he joined the Victoria community and teaches in the Department of Visual Arts at the University of Victoria.

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