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Artist talk: PAIN, by John G. Boehme

Fri. December 15th 2023 Victoria Arts Council Free

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Artist talk: PAIN, by John G. Boehme

Creative Mornings Victoria presents John G Boehme, speaking on the theme of PAIN
Event can be attended in person In-Person Event
Fri. December 15th 2023 + Add to Calendar Victoria Arts Council (All Ages)
6:00pm - 7:00pm  Doors at: 5:30pm Free


John G. Boehme

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Creative Mornings Victoria
Victoria Arts Council
The Victoria Arts is a non profit and charity established in...
1800 Store Street Victoria BC
Open / Operational

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In-Person & online event Location: Victoria Arts Council, 1800 Store Street, Victoria BC
Register for free at: https://creativemornings.com/talks/john-g-boehme

Biography: John G. Boehme is a distinguished artist and educator with a remarkable body of work recognized by peers worldwide. Over the past three decades, he has built an extensive exhibition history, showcasing his art regionally, nationally, and internationally. His works have been featured in a diverse array of events, screenings, exhibitions, biennials, festivals, and residencies across the globe, spanning countries such as Canada, the United States, Argentina, Australia, Belarus, Belgium, Chile, Czechia, China, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Mexico, Netherlands, Northern Ireland, Poland, Romania, Spain, Serbia, Scotland, Singapore, the UK, and Wales. He has also been a shortlisted regional contender for the Sobey Art Awards and has received grants from numerous esteemed international and Canadian institutions, including the British Columbia Arts Council, various branches of the Canada Council for the Arts, and the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFAIT).

Artist Statement: What interests me is the ongoing reformulation of a set of critical interests. These interests draw from my observations of Western society’s less-considered compulsions. I explore language and paralanguage, that is, both the spoken and gestural aspects of human communication. The performance of gender, specifically masculinity, valorization of labour, the pursuit of leisure, and marshalling amity are areas of investigation.

Live artwork presents a direct relationship with material, action and process, and human interaction, as I understand it. Physical involvement is the most embodied way in which to create meaning. Through durational works, the artist and the audience gain access to the unique experience through such commitment—the archetypal modality of ‘performance art,’ an experience that unfolds over an extended time. Nothing can replace that learning, that specific duration of being. Although there is no alternative to the durational aspect of performance, I remain interested in the question of the representation of performance. The clear and obvious problem is making the ephemeral available to a larger audience at a different time. Using video to “reconstruct” an event makes publication and discourse possible. Despite its material concerns, believing art is ultimately rendered in the social domain.


Victoria Arts Council
The Victoria Arts is a non profit and charity established in...
1800 Store Street Victoria BC
Open / Operational

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