With Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds (1963) as its central metaphor, Korean-born artist Jinny Yu’s immersive three-dimensional painting explores a range of emotional responses and attitudes towards mass migration. Hundreds of thousands of black ink brushstrokes resemble an unfamiliar mass circling at a distance, eliciting the viewer’s fear and discomfort of the unknown. The installation was originally presented during the 56th Venice Biennale at the Oratorio di San Ludovico.
Contemporary home furnishings and accessories designed and handcrafted for creative living environments.
THE CRAFTED HOME, will feature a series of furnished vignettes, reflecting the value of thoughtful, well-designed objects and artwork as part of enriched everyday living. Each vignette will be anchored by hand crafted furniture from skilled Newfoundland furniture makers such as Walter George, David Goodyear, Melanie Hamilton, Mike Patterson, and Jessica Waterman. Contemporary clean lines and functional design will ensure that this classic furniture will enhance homes both traditional and modern.
David Goodyear, Live Edge Modern Windosor and Foot Stool, Natural Oak, Milk Paint, African Blackwood, 2016. Photo credit: Ned Pratt
This exhibition focuses on a group of Bulgarian artists who immigrated to Canada in the 1990s through Gander as part of a mass defection from Eastern Europe. Vessela Brakalova, Luben Boykov, Elena Popova, Veselina Tomova, and Ellie Yonova remained in the province following their arrival, responding and contributing to the local arts community through their books, sculptures, mosaics, and paintings. “The Free World” is a reflection on their experience two decades later.
Borrowing heavily from the language of wine, this 3-part exhibition strategy proposes to look at regional artistic production through the cultural milieu from which it emerges. Terroir is defined as “the complete natural environment in which a particular wine is produced, including factors such as the soil, topography, and climate.” Terroir is a survey of the AGNS permanent collection with a special focus on Nova Scotia roots — the history and culture of place informing its artistic community’s output. This exhibition tours the province exploring the flavour and makeup of the work collected over the AGNS’ history.
Image credit: Jones Bannerman, Frances M, Still Life with Lobster (detail), c.1883, Oil on canvas, 51.5 x 65.0 cm. Collection of the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, 1933.4
A permanent exhibition space devoted to the work of Alex Colville (1920-2013), one of Canada’s most celebrated artists and one of Mount Allison University’s best known graduates. The Gallery features the installation of the mural Athletes, commissioned by Mount Allison for its new Athletic Centre in 1961. Designed around the theme of the student athlete, the mural was the focal point of the new building; it remained there for over 50 years, until its present installation in the stable and secure environment of Owens Art Gallery. Other artworks by Colville are also on view, including many of the preparatory drawings for Athletes and examples of the artist’s serigraphs.
Alex Colville, Athletes, oil and synthetic resin on board, 1961.
Original carvings created by Canadian soldiers in 1917 in a cave 10 metres below Vimy Ridge are reproduced as 3D prints. Part of the UNB Art Centre’s 75th anniversary programming throughout 2016.
The Canadigm Group, Oscar Green, 3D recreation of cave etching, 1917/2016. Photo credit: The Canadigm Group
As Situationist International member Guy Debord once wrote: “No vital periods ever began from a theory. What’s first is a game, a struggle, a journey.”
Free Play is a contemporary art exhibition that presents the work of artists who borrow from play and games to reveal different social, philosophical and ethical questions. The audience is invited to play with a wide array of artworks by renowned international artists: Cory Arcangel, Ryan Gander, Jeanne van Heeswijk and Rolf Engelen, Pedro Reyes, David Shrigley, Yoko Ono, Ruth Catlow, Mary Flanagan, Futurefarmers, Allan McCollum and Matt Mullican, Paul Noble, Erik Svedäng, Jason Rohrer, Patrick Bernier and Olive Martin. The Rooms is featuring a local component to the exhibition by St. John’s-based artist, Joe Fowler.
Free Play is an exhibition curated by Melissa E. Feldman and organized and produced by Independent Curators International (ICI), New York. Free Play was made possible, in part, by grants from the Elizabeth Firestone Graham Foundation and the Robert Sterling Clark Foundation, and with the generous support from ICI’s International Forum and Board of Trustees.
The Side Gallery features fellow NSCAD alumnus Daniel Hutchinson, now based in Hamilton. His painting practice explores what makes a painting count as a “painting,” while emphasizing the primacy of perceptual experience. This solo exhibition presents new work along with a selection of paintings from the past few years, showing the development of his ideas and methods. Many appear at first entirely black, yet are replete with glistening light, formed by reflections captured through striated brushstrokes. The moving spectator perceives new conditions at every spatial location.
SakKijâjuk – a Labrador Inuit term meaning, “to be visible” – highlights the little known craft and artworks produced in Nunatsiavut (the Inuit region of Labrador) over half a century of exciting, diverse production. The exhibition features the work of dozens of artists in photography, sculpture, painting, clothing, drawing, printmaking, basketry, film, video, and the textile arts. The exhibition opens at The Rooms Provincial Art Gallery before touring across Canada.
Michelle Baikie, The Hunter, 1998, 35.56 x 25.4cm, digital photograph, Collection of the artist