Event Archive:


Fri. December 7th 2018 - Fri. January 4th 2019 the fifty fifty arts collective Free

Event Navigation

Artists (0)
Presenters (0)
Ticket Outlets (0)
Other Dates (0)
Articles (0)
Video (0)

Event Info


Volta is a term used to describe a turning point that occurs in varied forms of ...
Event can be attended in person In-Person Event
Fri. December 7th 2018 - Fri. January 4th 2019 the fifty fifty arts collective (All Ages)
Please reference our wesbsite for updated hours of operation. *Please Note* Gallery viewing by appointment is welcome and encouraged. Free
Opening: Thursday 6th December 2018

Event Description

Volta is a term used to describe a turning point that occurs in varied forms of fourteen-line poems collectively called sonnets. Sometimes a volta undertakes a profound reversal; other times it is just a subtle shift that the poem presents or, better, performs. This installation includes a presentation of sonnets, but also represents an exchange with visual art. The word volta translated directly from Italian to English addresses a larger concern of all of the work: time.

The sonnets are from an ongoing series, ‘Reading Poems’, that are based on the experience of processing and absorbing text. From this perspective, they are a reading journal, albeit one that reflects the random appetites of a 21st-century consumer. What they record is uncertain, less biography than hybrid genre known as ‘autofiction.’ The paintings are the product of attraction in slow motion; gradually developed over years, they have become hosts to symbiotic sculptural processes that incorporate found objects, printed matter and cords, ties and tethers of all kinds. Presenting the sonnets alongside the paintings compares text, a deceptively transparent presentation of time, with ponderous process-density; rhythms and breaks are called out by ligatures and frames.

Sonnets are often meditative, lyric or confessional, all approaches that imply an authorial personality. One use of putting writing and assemblage together is to flesh out that suggestion of such a presence more fully; another is to evade it in the gap between them. The solidarity of memory and imagination activated by the practice of overhearing oneself reading is everywhere. The hunger for signs of time made visible as the accumulation of matter is as common as dirt. But they remain available staging grounds for mystery. These are cult practices.

John Luna is a Canadian/Mexican-American artist, whose practice as a visual artist and writer includes painting, sculpture and installation, critical writing and poetry, and teaching in the areas of art, art history and theory. Publication of his written work in art criticism and poetry has appeared in Ditch, Canadian Art, Border Crossings, Canyon, Cordite, Train and Matrix, among others. Luna’s first collection of poems, Listing, was released through Decoupage Publishing in 2015. His second book-length manuscript was shortlisted for the Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry in 2017. He the recipient of a 2017 BC Arts Council Project Assistance Grant for an ongoing project involving text and visual art.


the fifty fifty arts collective
the fifty fifty arts collective, located in unceded and occu...
2516 Douglas Street Victoria BC
Open / Operational

Event Image

AVolta @ the fifty fifty arts collective Dec 7 2018 - Feb 7th @ the fifty fifty arts collective

Other Events

Search the Directory / Archive

List an Event in the Calendar

List a Physical Single Date or Recurring Event

For physical events that happen at a specific time. For example a concert, or dance performance. If there are multiple shows, you can still duplicate your event to cover them all.

List an Online Livestream Event

For online / livestream events. This will allow you to include a livestream url and have it featured in our livestream listings.

List an Ongoing Event

For events that run over a range of consecutive dates. i.e. Art show, museum show etc.

Submit a Profile to the Directory

List an Individual Artist / Artisan / Musician

(Painter, Carver, Dancer, Writer etc)

List an Arts Ensemble

(Band / Choir /Dance Troupe, Theatre Troupe, Artist Collective etc.)

List an Organization / Resource in the Directory

(organization, business, venue etc)

Submit Art

Submit a piece of Art

Add a photo / information on art by a local artist

Submit Public Art (Current)

Submit a piece of local public art to the gallery & map.

Submit Public Art (Historical)

Add a photos + info on pieces of public art that no longer exist to be included in the permanent public archive.

News + Media

Post an Opportunity

(Jobs, Funding, Calls to Artists)

Add / Link a Video

Add a video, which will be linked to profiles, and appear in the video feed

Add / Link an Article

Add, or link to an article about content in the directory.

Log In to Your Account