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Karl Spreitz: Self-Propelled

Exhibition PosterMarch 7 – July 26, 2015

Extented to August 16, 2015

Legacy Maltwood (at the Mearns Centre – McPherson Library) 

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Curated by Naomi Shields and Emerald Johnstone-Bedell

Self-Propelled showcases Spreitz’s wide-reaching range of photography, films, and book and magazine publications, as well as his friendships and connections to other Victoria artists.

Spreitz uses whimsy and paradoxical imagery to challenge the conventions of mundane life. This self-driven, multi-talented connoisseur developed an authentic artistic style that echoes his character and life experiences. Anti-authority satire, human mechanization, and formal compositions derive from his Austrian upbringing, athletic training, and film and photography career. This selective retrospect presents various artwork, film, photographs and ephemera documenting Spreitz’s life and cultural contributions.

Image Exhibition Poster

Digital sign final Rack Card revised date Spreitz Poster

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Bridge Over Troubled Water: Yoko Takashima with Ruby Arnold

Still from Bridge Over Troubled Water, Yoko Takashima

Still from Bridge Over Troubled Water, Yoko Takashima

April 9 – May 30, 2015

Legacy Small Gallery

View the online catalogue:

Bridge Over Troubled Water – Catalogue

Bridge Over Troubled Water is an interactive video and sound installation created by Victoria artist Yoko Takashima, with technical assistance in collaboration recent UVic graduate, Ruby Arnold. Takashima filmed about 40 volunteers signing the Simon and Garfunkel classic Bridge Over Troubled Water. Her manipulation of these recordings allows for the faces and voices to blend and transform over time in such a way that no identical image or performance will ever be seen. Unexpected narratives and raw human connections are forged between performer and viewer in this constantly self-generating installation.

Bridge Over Troubled Water is the second installment of IN SESSION, a series of exhibitions featuring UVic sessional instructions in the Visual Arts Department.

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Karl Spreitz

Karl Spreitz scouting locations for the BC FIlm Commission in Stewart, B.C.

Karl Spreitz scouting locations for the BC FIlm Commission in Stewart, B.C.

Online Catalogues

There are two online catalogues of Karl Spreitz’s work. Karl Spreitz and Collaborators Archival Film Collection (2013) features many of his films, essays, transcripts and biographies of Spreitz and his collaborators.  Karl Spreitz Film Collection (2001) has an inventory of his works, a glossary of film terms and information about Spreitz’s work.

More About the Exhibitions

The Karl Spreitz Film Collection at the University of Victoria consists of more than 100 reels of 16mm film in various stages of production. Many of these films were produced by Spreitz in collaboration with other artists and friends such as Colin Browne, Vicky Husband, Anne Mayhew, Michael Morris and Herbert Siebner and are both personal and documentary in nature.

Covering a period of more than three decades, the content of the films describe the working process of local artists, historic events, and political and environmental issues. The collection is of tremendous historic value both in terms of film production in British Columbia, subject matter, and as a partial record of Spreitz’s career.


“Now here’s the deal…” WAC Bennett’s Political Cartoons

December 8, 2010 – January 23, 2011

Legacy Small Gallery

In 1993 the Kelowna Museum acquired a number of articles belonging to the late William Andrew Cecil Bennett, Premier of British Columbia from 1975-1986. Among the collection were a number of political cartoons collected by or gifted to Bennett during his time in office and that had been hung in his home’s stairwell.

In the late 2000’s the show of thirty-three framed cartoons and a 45-minute film, The Good Life (1968), commissioned by Bennett’s Social Credit government toured galleries around British Columbia. It accompanied the Architecture and Power: The Legislative Buildings of Canada’s Capitals show here at the Legacy Art Gallery.

Seats For Sale – Art For Show: The Meaning Behind Film Festival Posters

January 31 – February 12, 2002

Maltwood Art Museum and Gallery

Curated by Jimi Galvao

Seats For Sale – Art For Show: The Meaning Behind Film Festival Posters is a special exhibition project conceived by The Victoria Film Museum Society and is scheduled to open in conjunction with The Victoria Independent Film and Video Festival. The exhibit features a collection of posters from different film festivals around the world.

The word “poster” is a familiar term in contemporary global society. Posters are important communication tools, from political outcry to commercial advertising. Posters also decorate our bedroom walls. They clutter up traffic light posts. They are sold and collected. They have a rich and extensive artistic history. The poster is a complex medium that wears many faces. The film festival, similarly, has a rich history. It is a significant cultural and artistic event that is celebrated around the world year after year.

Eye Candy

December 1 – December 16, 1999

Legacy Maltwood (at Mearns Centre – McPherson Library)

An exhibition of video feedback photography by University of Victoria Theatre student Orion Eastland. “Eye Candy” is a psychedelic installment that uses video feedback that has not been computer generated.

About the Artist: Orion Eastland was completing his undergraduate degree at the University of Victoria during the exhibit. His art has been inspired by Salvador Dali, M.C. Escher and Andy Warhol. Much of his work reflects pleasure, pain, chaos and decadence.

Alex de Cosson

January 7 – January 27, 1980

McPherson Library Gallery

A performance art display selected from Alex de Cosson’s 105 Days: An Environmental Performance Piece. 105 Days is a cross referential work, using 5×70 documentation, daily writing, the mail service, participation of others, found objects, tags, hair growth, and video. It commenced in Victoria, B.C. with the shaving of facial hair as a time reference for the project. The piece documents the artists journey from Victoria to Newfoundland.