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2018

Heather Benning – Field Doll

August 11th – October 28th, 2018

Gallery B

Curator: Arin Fay

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The Field Doll took up residence at Touchstones during the late summer and fall of 2018. The Field Doll made several appearances at iconic spaces throughout the city of Nelson, including the Big, Orange Bridge (BOB).  Benning has exhibited the Field Doll both in Canada and the US by placing the work in the context of each specific place via photographs which is an essential part of the process and presentation.  The work is an irreverent ode to place and change and the proportion of both to the viewer and their perspective.

Heather Benning – Field Doll – Photo Shoot

Heather Benning – Field DollPhoto Shoot on the Big Orange Bridge (BOB)Nelson, BCAugust 2018#fielddollVideo Credit:Anthony SannaOnline Marketing Smarty Pantshttp://www.anthonysanna.comThanks to: Heather Benning and Tim Moore (obviously), The Swift Current Art Gallery, Shelley O'Neill of Safe Start Safety and her crew, the staff of the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, West Kootenay District for granting us a "special event permit to use or occupy a highway", Jemima Rottweiler, Anthony Sanna and Nelson Culture Days, Terrence Brennan, Jocelyn Carver & Astrid Heyerdahl.

Posted by Touchstones Nelson – Museum of Art and History on Friday, August 10, 2018

A Mountain Biking Retrospective

August 24 – November 4, 2018

Gallery A

Curator: Community curated; Astrid Heyerdahl

A Mountain Biking Retrospective is an exploration of the culture, characters, infrastructure and landscape of mountain bike culture in the Kootenays. This exhibit is truly a community-curated exhibition, and is the result of a wide range of outdoor enthusiasts sharing their stories about the history and impact of mountain biking in the Kootenay/Columbia Basin. From the mossy overgrown bridges and tracks in the forest to the high tech gear and industry sponsored events, this exhibition illustrated the fascinating and vibrant legacy of mountain bike culture in the Kootenays.

DJ Olive: Listening to Fir

June 8 – August 5, 2018

Gallery B

Curator: Arin Fay

DJ Olive – Gregor Asch – the Audio Janitor – artist, improviser, beat writer, and electronic music producer will bring his world renowned art sound sensibility to Touchstones Gallery B space. A combination of natural aesthetics and technological range: water – wood – movement and sound – both audible and ambient will be a part of DJ Olive’s installation; the first sound performative exhibition to show at Touchstones. Asch describes his approach as “Art as medicine. Sound as therapy. A place to pause. reflect. think. absorb. recharge. find peace of mind.” DJ Olive – Gregor Asch – the Audio Janitor – artist, improviser, beat writer, and electronic music producer will bring his world renowned art sound sensibility to Touchstones Gallery B space. A combination of natural aesthetics and technological range: water – wood – movement and sound – both audible and ambient will be a part of DJ Olive’s installation; the first sound performative exhibition to show at Touchstones. Asch describes his approach as “Art as medicine. Sound as therapy. A place to pause. reflect. think. absorb. recharge. find peace of mind.”
DJ Olive has twice been included in NYC’s most prestigious Biennial at the Whitney Museum as well as a massive installation at the Venice biennale and we are excited and privileged to showcase his work here at Touchstones. DJ Olive has twice been included in NYC’s most prestigious Biennial at the Whitney Museum as well as a massive installation at the Venice biennale and we are excited and privileged to showcase his work here at Touchstones.

Ready Player Two – Sonny Assu and Brendan Lee Satish Tang

June 16 – August 5, 2018

Gallery A

Curator: Laura Schneider

Installation image courtesy of The Reach Gallery, Abbotsford.

Ready Player Two is a collaborative and independent installation by Brendan Tang and Sonny Assu. Combining elements from science fiction, comic book, and gaming cultures to consider how these forms alternately reinforce and transcend racial boundaries in youth culture. Ready Player Two is a collaborative and independent installation by Brendan Tang and Sonny Assu. Combining elements from science fiction, comic book, and gaming cultures to consider how these forms alternately reinforce and transcend racial boundaries in youth culture.
In their individual practices, Tang and Assu frequently negotiate the material and conceptual dynamics of culture and ethnicity. Informed by their mixed-race backgrounds and experiences of Canadian life in the 1980s and 1990s, for this exhibition the artists bring together found objects, selections from previous bodies of work, and new collaborative pieces to create immersive spaces that evoke the adolescent sanctuaries of their time: the basement, the arcade, and the comic book store. In their individual practices, Tang and Assu frequently negotiate the material and conceptual dynamics of culture and ethnicity. Informed by their mixed-race backgrounds and experiences of Canadian life in the 1980s and 1990s, for this exhibition the artists bring together found objects, selections from previous bodies of work, and new collaborative pieces to create immersive spaces that evoke the adolescent sanctuaries of their time: the basement, the arcade, and the comic book store.
This exhibition is touring to Touchstones from the Reach Gallery in Abbotsford, BC, and generously supported by the Canada Council.

Paul Seesequasis: Indigenous Archive Photo Project

February 24 – May 27, 2018

Gallery B

Curator(s): Paul Seesequasis & Arin Fay

Paul Seesequasis will guest curate his first ever gallery exhibition of archival photographs culled from his multiyear project via facebook and Instagram of sourcing and sharing images of Indigenous people from across the country. The result of this project has been to emancipate images from obscurity and let them see the light and be seen – and importantly named and acknowledged. The images are powerful in their straightforward and candid beauty – moments of time lost in a catalog.

Paul Seesequasis: Indigenous Archive Photo Project will bring together images of his ongoing work with a regional representation of images from the Kootenay area.

She. We. They: The Women Show

March 8 – May 27, 2018

Gallery A

Curator: Community-curated; Arin Fay

Touchstones Nelson Museum of Art and History, in partnership with The Nelson and District Women’s Centre, is putting together a community-curated exhibition titled She. We. They: The Women Show.

Two very important facets of this exhibition will be a 60 ft long timeline and a ‘wall of women’ portrait display (100+) images. Other facets of the exhibition will include video, a response wall, history of feminist text/press and programming and performance.  The intent of this historical and collaborative exhibition is to frame feminism from many perspectives – illustrate the past – celebrate community and acknowledge the cultural currents which continue to be addressed. This exhibition is both a celebration and a contribution to the important conversations taking place at present about She. We. They. The exhibition opens on International Women’s Day – March 8, 2018.