Integral and common to the artworks in this group exhibition is the seemingly ordinary activity of walking. The title, Andante, draws from this tempo marking to mean – “at a walking pace” – a moderately slow pace that enables us to be attentive to our surroundings, literally and imaginatively. The works comprising Andante (a walking pace) are conceived as a conceptual practice, a process from which emerge diverse narratives reflecting artists’ responses to the various urban and rural landscapes they move in and consider.
The history of walking is an intriguing one with the capacity for narratives that hold cultural, political, social and spiritual meanings. From aboriginal rituals, religious and political pilgrimages, to intrepid explorers, artists, writers, and folk simply moving from one place to another, walking has inspired, challenged and been the subject of artistic investigation.
The artists presented in this exhibition explore the theme of walking to examine our surroundings, literally and imaginatively, in a range of media including photography, woven textiles, audio-visual media, sculpture, and installation.
Saturday, February 2, 2:30–3:00 pm
Join the exhibiting artists for an informal artist talk and tour in the Art Gallery. Everyone welcome to attend, followed by the exhibition Opening Reception from 3-5pm. Free Admission
Saturday, February 9, 2:00-5:00pm
Free Film Screening: puujee
Documentary / Japan / 2006 / 110min
Director: Kazuya Yamada / Language: Japanese, Mongolian with English subtitles.
Our lives are transformed, becoming more profound and diverse, through our encounters with others. Japanese explorer Yoshiharu Sekino is on a voyage to trace the journey of the human race back to its point of origin. Suitable for all ages.
Saturday, March 9, 10:00am-12:30pm
Walk Richmond and Richmond Art Gallery present: Walk, Tour and Talk
Walk Richmond – Minoru Park, 10-11am
Join Walk Richmond for a free guided walk through one of Richmond’s most beautiful parks! Meet 10 minutes before scheduled time at the east side of Minoru Sports Pavilion, 7191 Granville Avenue. There will be a guided warm up and cool down as well as light stretching. The walk will happen rain or shine. First Aid and volunteer walkers are available on the walk. Enjoy the walk at your own pace. For more information, visit www.richmond.ca/walk
Curator Tour – Andante (a walking pace), 11-11:30am
Join us in the Art Gallery after your walk for some tea and treats as the Gallery Curator leads a short tour of the current exhibition, Andante (a walking pace).
Gallery Talk – A Podiatrist’s View: The Art of Walking with Dr. Lindy, 11:30am-12:30pm
The joy of walking is becoming totally absorbed in your surroundings; the sights, sounds, and smells. Your feet play a big part in this experience but ideally they should perform and go unnoticed. An enjoyable walk begins and ends with comfortable feet. Dr. Marc Lindy will discuss how we walk, how to prepare for various types of walks, and how to keep your feet functioning and pain-free. Dr. Lindy is a second-generation podiatrist, who has practiced as a medical and surgical foot specialist for thirty-four years in Vancouver, Detroit, and Wellington, New Zealand. Dr. Lindy hosts a weekly radio program on Vancouver Co-operative Radio as well as playing tuba for various ensembles including the Homegoing Brass Band and the Butter & Egg Band.