No. 3 Road Art Columns
The No. 3 Road Art Columns are a unique opportunity for public art in Richmond. These “display cases” allow the Richmond Public Art Program to showcase visual and 2 dimensional artists and their work in an outdoor public art setting. Normally, painters, photographers and the like are limited to indoor exhibits away from the wind and weather. The No. 3 Rd. Art Columns are part of the City’s commitment to enhance the No. 3 Road streetscape.
“Showcasing local and regional artists along the Canada Line is a great addition to Richmond’s vibrant public art program,” says Mayor Malcolm Brodie. “Residents have told us they want to see public art at Canada Line Stations and this program meets that demand.”
One Art Column is located at Aberdeen Station, and two are located at Lansdowne Station (one of which was originally located at Brighouse Station.) Each Art Columns consists of four panels and give local artists the chance to display four works of art. New artists are feature at each station approximately every six months.
The No. 3 Road Art Columns are co-sponsored by Appia Group of Companies and the City of Richmond. The exhibit is presented in partnership with the Necklace Project, an inter-municipal collaboration for public art, involving 10 local cities that are commissioning works on the theme of “illuminating communities.”
Exhibit 12 - Migration
Installed February 2018
The exhibition is the accumulation of a Public Art mentoring project for emerging Richmond-based visual artists who had the opportunity to collaborate with professional artists, Evan Lee and Renée Van Halm.
This exhibition invites artists to consider the theme of migration through a broad lens of inquiry. Migration” as it relates to human settlement. People have always moved around the world, traveling in search of food, shelter, and safety. Sometimes migration is necessary, in the case of natural disasters and sometimes voluntary for people looking for better employment opportunities. This exhibition invites artists to consider the stories, traditions and beliefs people bring to new places that inform identity and home.
Artist: Renée Van Halm
Title of Artwork: Pattern Migration
The work is based on patterns printed on or woven into fabrics that come from around the world and serve as a metaphor for the movement of peoples around the world generally and in this region specifically.
In this artwork dense overlays of patterns and colour may remind us of buildings, and the blue backgrounds, the sky that we all share. The common fabric patterns have a familiar, domestic quality and are somewhat out of place in this public, urban setting. They may remind us of home.
Colour acts as a cultural signifier; In Richmond red takes on a special significance not only for its place within Chinese celebrations but also in how it represents the Canadian settler identity domestically and globally.
The processes of making these works has flipped between the hand-made and the digital, I used a combination of painting with the collage of actual printed fabrics that were then enlarged and became the backlit digital photographic prints you see here. Enlarged and printed the traces of painting and collage are still evident and create an expected effect
Artist: Rusna Kaur
Title of Artwork: the power was flowing in her glorious hair
This series of artworks aims to capture the everyday experience of migration and sense of chaos and wonder in places such as cities, festivals and market places. The repetitive movement of crowds and the rhythm of their footsteps create patterns that begin to mimic the beat of their surroundings.
Artist: Patrick Wong
Title of Artwork: Uprooted
"Uprooted" is a state of change, a period of flux, and a "becoming" that more accurately reflects the present moment for many people. Wong's parents were refugees to Canada in the late 1970s and they carried with them multiple sets of cultural values collected from various places they had lived. Having been raised within this context, his artistic production has often echoed a sense of multiplicity, appropriation, and sampling as a central strategy. For Wong, this project began after an interview with a immigrant about his experiences becoming a permanent resident and his sense of national identity. The brief narrative illustrates moments during his travels to and from Canada with travelers symbolically represented as “uprooted” figures.The artist presents the figures as life-sized (or larger) for the viewer to consider how our identities are informed by the places we have been.
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For more information abouth the No. 3 Road Art Column artists and their works, contact Richmond Public Art at firstname.lastname@example.org or 604-247-4612.