The Nanaimo Art Gallery, 900 Fifth Street, Building 330, will present 100 Monkeys, an exhibition by artist Tracey Nelson from August 28 to October 3, 2009. In Nelson’s work there is often an interplay between humour, an under-lying serious edge, and a component of anxiety. Through an anthropomorphic process the monkeys present a passion play of the human condition, walking the line between the loss of innocence and coming to self-awareness.
Nelson describes this work as “a multi-dimensional story, using the idea of the “monkey” as a central symbol, touching on universal themes.” The 100 Monkeys exhibit combines sculpture, painting, drawing, video and a book work – opening up new potentials for constructing a story from fragments.
100 Monkeys is an installation project comprised of several components:
- a column of 100 monkeys, individually crafted from recycled sweaters
- 100 water media paintings and drawings of monkeys
- video loops shown inside a house structure constructed on stilts, allowing the viewers to peer inside and watch the films
- a book work with stories and portraits of the monkeys
The elements of this exhibition are compared to pieces of a puzzle, linking together various media, with each part carrying meaning, all parts of a larger story. The 100 Monkeys opening reception takes place on Friday, September 11, 2009, from 5 to 7 pm. For more information call 250-740-6350.