Opening June 2 2017 / 7:00pm - 9:30pm

The Comox Valley Art Gallery and Comox Valley Arts invite you to join us for the opening celebration of this thematic program. Individual works and collaborations by artists, performers, writers, classrooms and groups have contributed their responses to the Image to Text to Image: Creating Dialogue thematic. Imagery, text, sculptures, assemblages, installations, performances and make art engagement opportunities offer the community many points of entry into the dialogue.

opening events + performances 2 June / Friday 7pm

  • Book of Changes: Notes and Gestures Poetry Reading by Cornelia Hoogland
    responses to the teachings found in the ancient Chinese text, the I Ching
  • Timelessness – A Wild Blue Yonder Dance Performance by Jade de Trey
    a contemporary creative and intuitive dance that expresses explorations and of love, fear, birth and death
  • Finding Form in the Repeated Absurdity of Dada Art Print Demo by CVPA + NIC
    an extended dialogue that pokes at today’s global climate, utilizing the Dada tools of satire and nonsense
  • A-Lured Performative Making Installation by Anne J Steves
    exploring the dynamics of community and environment, through hand-crafting and the process of looking at written instructions and responding through fanciful fly-tying

About the Exhibition

First we see. Later we translate the seen into utterances, sounds, words and then back again. Words are scribed. As the text is read, imagery is inspired. And so it goes image to text to image…

The implications of these translations are immense. Stories change, memory interferes, reality is uncertain, misunderstandings can ensue. The possibilities are endless.

There can be a blurring of the lines. Imagery and text can be hybridized. Does this make meanings clearer? Perhaps some fun can be had exploring the relationships between image and text.

What can emerge when the interstitial spaces between words and text are entered? What new dialogues might develop? Down through the ages and in our current culture image and text have been hybridized to get the point across. There is always something new to say or a new way to say something.


Transformation and expanded possibility through new relationships of image to text to image:

– what is said, not said, should be said

– interruptions, arguments, declarations and notifications

– the implied, signals and secret codes

– graphics and blank pages

– messages: handwritten and/or word processed, texted, etc.

– images: hand drawn and/or photographed

– affections and disenchantments

– the truth and the lie

– getting it all down or not


The art opening for the exhibition IMAGE TO TEXT TO IMAGE will coincide with the 6TH ANNUAL ELEVATE THE ARTS FESTIVAL, a free festival of art culture and ideas that hits the streets May 31-June 3 2017 in Downtown Courtenay.

“Celebrating 6 years of breaking down barriers between culture producers and culture consumers through street-level DIY community collaborations, the 2017 festival theme is “The Experiment” Enquire, engage, experiment and expose the beauty, tensions and possibilities of the universe in the streets of the city.”