One Way or Another

Spin Off Production still. Photo provided by artist.
One Way or Another
Friday, January 13, 2017, 7:30 pm to Saturday, February 18, 2017, 5:00 pm

One Way or Another highlights the failure involved in the quest for excellence. The project originated with a trilogy of videos that use classic video games as a platform to investigate human struggle. Within this trilogy a character blunders through a series of obstacles that constantly defy her. These impediments are indicative of forms and concepts that drive Dickie's artistic practice: logic inspired, insurmountable forms that are turned into absurd objects of physical comedy. The structures from the videos have been brought to life through sculptures that focus on endless patterns. Together, the sculptures and videos create an immersive environment of humorous persistence. Questioning the value of human progress and highlighting the struggle for bigger, better and more.​

One Way or Another opens Friday January 13, 2016 at 7:30 PM at Open Space. The exhibition runs until Saturday, February 18th. Megan Dickie will present an artist talk and a launch the exibition catalogue on Saturday February 11th at 1:30 PM.


Megan Dickie is an artist who works in the mediums of sculpture, video and printmaking. Her artistic research focuses on the seductive tension that exists between reason and play. Dickie explores this concept by subverting systems and structures with critically deployed humour.
Megan Dickie has exhibited her work across Canada with exhibitions at Oxygen Art Centre (Nelson), Latitude 53 (Edmonton), Stride (Calgary), Grunt Gallery, (Vancouver) BC, the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, the Kenderdine Art Gallery (Saskatoon), Artcite Inc. (Windsor) and Artspace (Peterborough) to name just a few. Dickie has received numerous grants from the Canada Council for the Arts and the BC Arts Council. Her BFA in printmaking was obtained from the University of Calgary in 1997 and she received a MFA in sculpture from the University of Saskatchewan in 2002.  Megan Dickie currently resides in Victoria, BC and is an Assistant Professor of Visual Art at the University of Victoria.
The catalogue for Megan Dickie's One Way or Another looks at Dickie's exhibition and work through the lenses of game culture, failure, and feminist art discourses. It includes essays by Kerri Flannigan, Kyra Kordoski, and Megan K. Quigley, as well as a foreword by Helen Marzolf. Designed by Leah McInnis, the catalogue features photo-dcoumentation by Hollis Roberts, as well as video-stills and production-stills by Megan Dickie and Danielle Proteau. To download or purchase a copy of the catalogue, please click here.