Elizabeth Charters: February
Opening, Thursday, November 9th from 7-10pm
Exhibition dates: November 9th to December 3rd
Holding on to an obsession, a distraction, for the sake of restraint. There is a period of waiting, which is long and often painful. Shifting focus onto the habit of being outside as the sun goes down, every day, in case it’s different this time. But if purple skies are an adequate antidote to loneliness, can electric light satisfy your need to be Somewhere Else?
February presents site-specific installations of new video work and light-based sculpture by Elizabeth Charters. These works respond to the quality of light in the Los Angeles area that inspired the California Light and Space movement of the 1960s. With video installation, neon signage and fluorescent light sculptures, February will be cold, short, purple, lonely and romantic.
Elizabeth Charters completed her BFA in Visual Art in 2016 at the University of Victoria, located on WSÁNEĆ territory. Charters works primarily with light and language to build a response to the daily onslaught of images and texts we receive in urban centres. With fluorescent and neon light, Charters employs the direct disruption of space that will cause a viewer to find themselves in a moment of connection through a physical engagement with sculpture or installation. With language and text works, Charters investigates the authority of voice, the notion of authorship, and the power of communication as it manifests in the realm of objecthood.
the fifty fifty arts collective is comprised of individuals living and working on unceded and occupied First Nations Territories, specifically the lands of the Songhees and Esquimalt Nations, as well as the W̱SÁNEĆ, Sc'ianew and T'Souke First Nations.
The programming space itself is situated on Songhees and Esquimalt Territory but engages with individuals and communities across Turtle Island.
As a collective we endeavour to deepen our own understandings of how we are implicated in the history and in the present ongoing project of settler colonialism. As members of the fifty fifty arts collective we continually responsibilize ourselves to the complex kind of space that is the fifty fifty which hosts and facillitates the dissemenation of the ideas and work of others.
The entrance to the fifty fifty arts collective is wheelchair accessible, however the door is not automatic and we have no washrooms on site. A more comprehensive statement regarding our accessibilty is in progress, specific questions or requests regarding accessibilty can be sent to [email protected]