The Physics of Power

Nanaimo Art GalleryThe latest exhibition at the Malaspina University-College branch of the Nanaimo Art Gallery is by Victoria artist, Heather Thomas. The Physics of Power focuses on the notion of conflict and the use of language in historical and current conflicts of war. Thomas's powerful works encompass the use of discarded crutches, cast lead hand grenades, and floor to ceiling screen printed editions of armaments.

The work further provides a meaningful contrast between the natural world, which regenerates life, and the manufactured objects of the industrial and technological world, whose objective is to destroy life.

Thomas poses the thought-provoking question, "if hundreds of billions of dollars worth of weapons provide security, why are "free" nations steeped so deeply in fear?"

Nanaimo Art Gallery Curator, Gregory Ball defines Thomas' "theatre of war" installation as allowing the viewer to ponder their own opinions and judgments in reference to the existing condition of nations caught in conflict and the extent that national security is mobilized against internal and external violence.

The exhibition runs from May 18th to June 9th, 2007, at the Nanaimo Art Gallery – Uptown, 900 Fifth Street. The opening reception from 7.00 to 9:00 pm on Friday, May 18th, gives visitors the opportunity to meet the artist in person. For further information, call (250) 740-6350.

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