Caroline Langill, Shifting Polarities
Roland Brener migrated to Victoria (British Columbia) from Johannesburg, (South Africa), after a teaching stint at the Saint Martin’s School of Art in London (England, U.K.), the University of California at Santa Barbara (California, USA). Having honed his sculptural skills at Saint Martin’s, Brener brought his technical acumen to the University of Victoria where he contributed to growth of the Visual Arts program through the development of the Visual Arts Gallery and the graduate program. In the 1980s Brener’s practice shifted from more formal concerns to incorporate electronics, toys, and popular culture. Brener’s work is represented in collections across Canada including the National Gallery of Canada (Ottawa, Ontario), the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria (British Columbia), the Art Gallery of Ontario (Toronto, Ontario), as well as the collection of the University of California at Santa Barbara. Roland Brener died in Victoria in 2006.
Caroline Langill © 2009 FDL