Commercial Alley 2016: Daniel Ellingsen
Event: Commercial Alley Public Art Gallery, 2016
Opening: Saturday, August 27 from 6:00 to 9:00 pm
The City of Victoria’s partnership with Open Space Arts Society has transformed Commercial Alley’s busy thoroughfare into an accessible, outdoor public art gallery for the past four years. Open Space and the City of Victoria are delighted to announce Daniel Ellingsen as the Commercial Alley artist for 2016. Born in the UK, Ellingsen has lived and worked across Canada for the past thirty years, exhibiting in Winnipeg, Vancouver, and Toronto. He currently lives in the City of Victoria, and recently finished his MFA at the University of Victoria, where he presented his solo exhibition, Die Strandloper.
In his proposal, Ellingsen expressed the “potential for public art work to synthesize Victoria’s architectural and social history.” He saw the Commercial Alley Public Art Gallery as a way to continue to vitalize the growing city, “creating a richer experience for Victoria’s citizens and visitors.” The commissioned work, Coastal Reports, will feature a four-panel installation that will reflect on Victoria’s landscape—both urban coastal, environmental, and economic. Each panel will combine eye-catching cut-out graphics with gold-leafed texts to ask viewers to muse on the relationship between the coast and the city.
The installation will have an opening reception during the Integrate Arts Festival on Saturday, August, 27, 2016 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. in Commercial Alley.
Program Supporters: Open Space, the City of Victoria, and Used Victoria