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Current Issue: SPRING 2015

(IM)MOBILE’s shifting spaces

Jeff Whetstone’s FERAL LANDS

Séripop’s exploration of entropy

Winter survival guide

Winter survival guide

Winter is often described as a period of contemplation, but I admit that my thoughts mostly gravitate to murdering snow with my hairdryer. Thank goodness there are some exciting things to read and see in the art world...
From the Archives: Shary Boyle's voice in the dark

From the Archives: Shary Boyle’s voice in the dark

“When creating Music for Silence I was inspired by the idea of the Universal, the power and insignificance of the individual, and how that relates to the idea of ‘voice." —Shary Boyle
From the archives

From the archives

Enter into the imaginary world of Graeme Patterson’s Secret Citadel where memory, invention, and fantasy collide to provoke a multifaceted narrative of childhood friendship, rights of passage and adult isolation.
A measure of disorder: Seripop's exploration of entropy

A measure of disorder: Seripop’s exploration of entropy

Though some mark 50th anniversaries with gold, Séripop’s The Face Stayed East, the Mouth Went West marks the 50th anniversary of Charlottetown’s Confederation Centre by opening with more striking elements. Interested in exploring entropy in bright colours and on...
Exhibition Listings
Presentification of Paradise

Presentification of Paradise

Opening Reception: Thursday, March 5, 6 – 8 pm
Artist Talk: Sunday, March 8, 2 pm

Presentification of Paradise explores the conceptual use of digital infrared photography as a means to investigate new ways of looking at the world we live in. Shot on the Big Island of Hawaii, diptychs composed of colour images of abandon vehicles juxtapose to pristine black and white landscapes shot in digital infrared attempt to address the paradoxes of beauty, capitalism and notions of paradise.

 

Jean-René Leblanc is an Associate Professor of Digital Arts at the University of Calgary. He is also President of EMMEDIA Gallery & Production Society.
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Mi’kwite’tmn (Do You Remember)

Mi’kwite’tmn (Do You Remember)

In this nationally touring exhibition, Johnson explores ideas of ancestry, identity and cultural practice. Organized by Saint Mary’s University Art Gallery and curated by Robin Metcalfe

ProletariART 2015

ProletariART 2015

ProletariART 2015 is the CBU Art Gallery’s fourth annual community exhibition. More than 135 artists from all over Cape Breton island responded to the call for entries. Works were created using a variety of materials from traditional art and craft media to found objects and household items. In addition to works by children, youth, professional and emerging artists, this year’s ProletariART includes a number of collaborations by community groups.

At the heart of the community exhibition is the drive to create and share experiences with others. Come visit the CBU Art Gallery and celebrate the diversity and creativity in our community.

Beautiful Illusions

Beautiful Illusions

OPENING RECEPTION Saturday, 17 January, 2 to 4pm.

Beautiful Illusions presents works in graphic media by two young Nova Scotian artists. Colosimo’s principal practice is drawing; Young favours drawing and indexical techniques, such as casting and monoprinting. For both, materials and process are key determinants of the meaning of their works. Themes of memory, transitory states and trace imagery pervade their art.

The title of the exhibition evokes the realism with which each artist renders subjects such as the façade of a wooden shack, a range of mountain peaks, or the intricate patterning of twisted wires in a chain-link fence. Virtuosic mimicry is not the only point of such images, however; “failures” such as smudges and anomalies of scale disrupt the illusions and remind viewers of the usually compliant but sometimes faltering hands and memories upon which the illusions depend.

ARTIST’S TALK & PUBLIC DRAWING EVENT Saturday, 7 February, 2 to 4pm. Visitors are invited to take part in a collaborative drawing project during Colosimo’s artist’s talk.

ARTIST’S TALK & WORKSHOP Saturday, 28 February, 2 to 4pm. Following a discussion of her work, Young will lead a workshop exploring textures through the art of frottage.

Mapping North America: Early Modern Narratives of Discovery and Exploration in the Davidson Collection

Mapping North America: Early Modern Narratives of Discovery and Exploration in the Davidson Collection

Mapping North America: Early Modern Narratives of Discovery and Exploration in the Davidson Collection

An exhibition that features books published before 1800 which have a visual component (maps, portraits, architectural plans, depictions of flora and fauna, printing ornaments, manuscript diagrams, etc.). Forming part of the Edgar and Dorothy Davidson Collection of Canadiana held by Mount Allison University, these rare books constitute an eclectic mix of travel narratives and historical accounts—dictionaries, histories, journals, letters, records, and voyages through which readers and viewers can witness the early modern discovery, exploration, and settlement of North America, and in particular Canada.

Curated by Lauren Beck and Christina Ionescu and produced with support from Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, the Marjorie Young Bell Fine Arts Fund, and the Centre for Canadian Studies at Mount Allison University.

 

Reading Room

Reading Room

This is an exhibition of artists’ books and book-like objects by Canadian and international artists. Through intervention, alteration and re-presentation the artists in this exhibition draw attention to how we read, understand, and interact with books.

Curated by Kirsty Bell and Lucy MacDonald and produced with the support of the Canada Council of the Arts.

 

Haida Gwaii

Haida Gwaii

Silent Ice | Deep Patience

Silent Ice | Deep Patience

Opening Reception: Friday, March 20, 8 pm

Organised and circulated by the Art Gallery of Peterborough

Well known as a senior fibre artist, Dorothy Caldwell has produced for this exhibition works that can be seen as extensions of a drawing practice, realised through printing, staining, stitching, frottage and appliqué, whether on textile or on paper. All of these means of making a mark or stain have a deep history in relation to woven textile. In the new body of work that comprises

Silent Ice | Deep Patience, Caldwell continues her exploration of place: how we mark the land, and how it is visualised in mapping practices, both conventional and personal. Her research included extensive travel in both the Australian Outback and the Canadian Arctic. Both countries have large central wildernesses that are technically deserts; harsh landscapes in which indigenous populations have learned to survive, and that shape the way we view our respective countries.

A Car for All Seasons

A Car for All Seasons

Tom Forrestall: A Car for all Seasons, curated by Nick Webb, and organized by the Beaverbrook Art Gallery, showcases the veteran realist painter’s vintage 1980 Mercedes-Benz 300 SD, albeit transformed into a highly unique work of art. The project emerged from a conversation about the artist’s car, and the concept of “a car for all seasons,” revolving around the seasons (a familiar enough subject in Forrestall’s painting) for a German car that had so admirably weathered the Canadian climate, gradually took form. Forrestall invites viewers to reconsider the status of the automobile and our relationship with them. This car continues to fulfill the primary function for which it was made, but it now carries an art identity – it is both car and painting; and a Forrestall painting at that.

In My Nature

In My Nature

Opening Reception Saturday, February 7, from 2 – 4 pm.

In My Nature is a solo show by Deborah Dumka that explores the connection between textiles and nature by incorporating the viewer through interactive, multi-sensory experiences.

Using textures, video projections and ambient sounds, viewers are immersed in the world of Dumka’s textiles. Noted for her skillful felt work, she marries colour and form into sensual and functional works of art.  In this exhibition Deborah Dumka explores our relationship to Nature through an invitation to interact with felted textile work.  You may experience the surprise of a pebble pushing into the sole of your foot as you walk across a carpet beach, drift into relaxation to shoreline sounds as you lay upon the felt stones of PebbleMat, meander a path between the ocean edge and forest with a walking stick and soundscapes, linger with your own memories of awakenings as you view the video animated work White Noise. Drawing on her past as an engineer, Dumka incorporates animating electronics into her felted textile work that challenges us to invite the natural world into our urban day to day living.

ARTIST STATEMENT

I have lived 20 years on the pebbled edge of an Island in the Straight of Georgia, BC a rural and isolated location that offers the scents, sounds and sights of Nature in relentless abundance. I have experienced the reverence of passers-by collecting and treasuring broken shell shards, rounded stones and polished driftwood tumbled by the beach and their reinvigoration with energy refreshed from challenging the wind. There is a deepening understanding of the importance of an authentic relationship with Nature to our human health, well-being and spirit. By animating my landscape work through texture, sound and film from my homeland haunts, I hope to spark in the viewer a moment that verifies this.

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Beautiful Monsters: Beasts and Fantastic Creatures in Early European Prints

Beautiful Monsters: Beasts and Fantastic Creatures in Early European Prints

This exhibition analyzes the representation of monstrous beings in Early Modern visual culture by bringing together approximately fifty European prints of the 15th, 16th and 17th centuries drawn from the collection of the National Gallery of Canada. The engravings, etchings and woodcuts assembled in this exhibition showcase real and fictitious beasts and monsters in exuberant and enigmatic compositions.

The exhibition has been organized by the National Gallery of Canada and curated by Sonia Del Re, Assistant Curator, European, American and Asian Prints and Drawing, National Gallery of Canada

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The Grey Islands

The Grey Islands

Opens Thursday, January 8th, 6pm
Storm date Jan 9th

Ceramic artist Michael Flaherty creates a tangible connection between past and present, human and animal, in his new collection of sculptural works – a fusion of caribou antler, pottery shards and gravestone records commemorating the lives of former Grey Islands, Newfoundland residents.

Curator & writer Gloria Hickey wrote about Michael Flaherty’s three month exploration of the Grey Islands in a 2012 review of his work.

“Flaherty’s response to the historical narrative of the Grey Islands’ habitation is especially interesting because of the artist’s age and perspective. He is a generation removed from the hot-button topic of resettlement in the province, and two generations removed from Newfoundland joining Confederation. There are many layers to his complicated and intelligent response. On one hand, Flaherty’s vantage point gives him a sobering perspective that his father and grandfather’s generation could not easily enjoy. The questions of whether Newfoundland should join Confederation (and Canada) and whether the government had the right to resettle its rural population were topics of fiery debate, which for decades dominated the province’s cultural identity and threatened to divide families. Resettlement, for exam- ple, was widely regarded as the deathblow to the traditional outport lifestyle that today is the staple icon of the province’s tourism ads.”

Michael Flaherty was born in St. John’s, Newfoundland, and subsequently spent much of his childhood getting lost in the woods. He has turned this urge to explore into a career as an artist – he has crossed North America by bicycle, lived alone for three months on a deserted island, and resided in six of Canada’s ten provinces, all in the pursuit of art.

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