This Saturday, Andante - a new group exhibit at the Richmond Art Gallery starting Feb. 2 - encourages visitors to slow down from the quick pace of their busy lives and be attentive to their surroundings.
With the literal meaning of "at a walking pace," Andante features the work of six emerging and experienced artists that are all directly influenced or related to walking, said curator of the Richmond Art Gallery Nan Capogna.
"What I like most about the exhibition is that it's such a diverse group of people and art," said Capogna. "There is also a theme of technology, or lack thereof, running through the show."
For instance, one of the artists, Victorian Mike Andrew McLean, used a classic 4x5 camera that he carried for more than 1,000 kilometres through national parks in B.C. and Alberta taking photos of people he met while walking and eventually also of objects like weather stations and huts that he encountered.
Two of the other artists, Wes Cameron and Matthew Robertson, are part of a local collaborative group called Until We Have A Helicopter.
"They're not using technology directly, but certainly refer to it in their work," said Capogna.
The duo's exhibit features a working canoe that is broken down and reconfigured as carry-on luggage.
On opening day, there will be an introduction at 2:30 p.m. with all the artists present who will provide a short tour of their works. The exhibit is free at the Richmond Art Gallery, located in the Richmond Cultural Centre, 7700 Minoru Gate, and runs until March 24.
For more information, visit www.richmondartgallery.org.