From May 13 to June 19, 2010, the Nanaimo Art Gallery, is presenting Transfigurations, an exhibit by artist Gregory Ball, at its downtown location, 150 Commercial Street. An artist’s talk is scheduled for May 29, 2010, from 1 to 2 pm. In recent years Ball has focused on the destructive effects on the landscape of resource based industry and subsequently the human psyche. His most recent body of work is entitled Transfigurations of the West Coast Landscape.
These large graphite powder and charcoal drawings depict the transforming West Coast landscape and were inspired by visits to Haida Gwaii and coastal areas on Vancouver Island. The presence and absence of these snag-like trees on the west coast landscape comment on an environment that is becoming increasingly altered due to overdevelopment and industrial impacts. This body of work hopes to create a dialogue about the relationship between our desire for pristine wilderness and our need to manipulate and control the environment.
Gregory Ball completed the Visual Art Program at Camosun College in Victoria in 1984, graduated with an honors degree in drawing and painting from Emily Carr College of Art & Design in 1986, spent a year in the Banff Centre’s Artist in Residence program in 1989, then moved to Montreal, Quebec and embarked on a Graduate Degree in Printmaking at Concordia University where he graduated in 1994. In 1999 he accepted a position in the Visual Art Department at Vancouver Island University in Nanaimo, BC. Ball continues to teach in the areas of drawing and printmaking and was curator at the Nanaimo Art Gallery on Campus from 2005 to 2009. The opening reception for Transfigurations takes place on Thursday, May 13, 2010, from 7 to 9 pm. For more information call 250-754-1750.