Opening Reception: Thursday, March 5, 6 – 8 pm
Artist Talk: Sunday, March 15, 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.
This exhibition looks at the utopian imagination of the back-to-the-land movement, and considers both its ambitions and its failures, to see what we might recuperate from this history almost forty years later. Organized in collaboration with Cape Breton University Art Gallery and curated by Amish Morrell and Pan Wendt.
As the terms and conditions of personal and cultural construction radically shift with the use of a proliferation of internet platforms and android devices, Kelly Hill’s hyperbolized narcissistic persona deploys performative garment construction to dig into varied self-presentation and self-censoring behaviours.
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
Members Only Week: October 3-10, 2014
Members’ opening: Saturday, October 4, 2014, 2 p.m.
General Admission: October 11 – February 25, 2015
Mary Pratt brings a sharply focused, contemporary lens to deceptively simple subject matter, demonstrating sophisticated skill rooted firmly in the history of painting. Nuances of tone, composition and choice of perspective leave the viewers of Pratt’s images with a sense of wonder and, sometimes, unease. Pratt’s work reveals the breadth of emotion, technique and maturity brought to her practice.
This exhibition presents Mary Pratt in a new light, offering visitors a rare opportunity to view the range, subtlety and power of this much-celebrated artist’s oil paintings and mixed media artworks. It considers her career’s work as a conversation of themes. Artworks from the past five decades are assembled, highlighting the diversity of her subject matter, from the political to the domestic. These substantial paintings have multiple meanings for the artist and the viewer. They are paintings that surprise us, and help us to look at our own world with greater sensitivity.
The exhibition has seen significant success in each venue of its national tour. It has broken attendance records, and events like artists’ talks have been sold out.
The touring exhibition débuted at The Rooms in May 2013, and has travelled to the Art Gallery of Windsor (Ontario), the McMichael Canadian Art Collection (Kleinburg, Ont.) and the MacKenzie Art Gallery (Regina). It is on view at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia October 11 to February 25, 2015, with an exclusive members’ week October 3-10.
The exhibition Mary Pratt is a collaboration between The Rooms Provincial Art Gallery Division and the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia. It is curated by Sarah Fillmore, Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, and Mireille Eagan and Caroline Stone, The Rooms.
About Mary Pratt
Since her first solo exhibition at the Memorial University Art Gallery in St. John’s in 1967, Mary Pratt’s paintings have been exhibited in major galleries in Canada. They are works are featured in public, corporate, and private collections, including those of the National Gallery of Canada, the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, The Rooms (St. John’s, NL), the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Beaverbrook Art Gallery, Memorial University of Newfoundland, and Canada House in England. Mary Pratt holds nine honorary degrees, has served with non-profit boards, government committees, and cultural initiatives, and has been the subject of several books. In 1996, she was named a Companion of the Order of Canada. In 1997, she was awarded the Canadian Molson Prize from the Canada Council.
This exhibition highlights the winners of the 32nd annual Alcuin Society Awards for Excellence in Book Design, a national competition for book design in Canada.
Opening Reception: Thursday, February 5, 6 – 8 pm
Artist Talk: Sunday, February 15, 2 pm
The project Suburban Sublime situates a mystical narrative within suburbia. Suburbia is a seemingly bland and uneventful place. Yet paradoxically, this banality can incubate something curious and wondrous, such as the luminous events transpiring within these pictures. Are the events supernatural? Spiritual? Threatening? That remains to be seen. The sublime can be found within the depths of the paradox.
About the Artist: Christopher Jordan is a photographic artist and teacher. Conceptually, Jordan works with a variety of techniques to create landscape imagery of both real and imaginary places. He is most interested in how depictions of place serve as vehicles for reflection, memory and meditation. Jordan’s work has been exhibited nationally and is held in several private collections. Jordan holds a faculty position at the University of Alabama, in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. He earned his MFA from Rochester Institute of Technology in 2004.
An undisputed major figure in Acadien visual art, Claude Roussel’s work spans over sixty years and has evolved from a wide array of styles, methods and artistic intent based on experimental research. This research has always been associated with high technical sensibility and expressive level, while being socially engaged. The proposed exhibition will present a selection of his oeuvre, in some cases works that have never been exhibited before, that address. religious and spiritual esthetic
St. John’s street artist, installation artist and painter Kyle Bustin explores the monstrous figures of the digital world – the trolls and lurkers that we encounter (and often embody). This exhibition presents a new body of work created as part of the Elbow Room Residency Series.
Dan Steeves: The Memory of Pain, curated by Tom Smart, and organized by the Confederation Centre Art Gallery, examines the universal relationship between art, pain, and hope through meditative black and white etchings based on a visit to the sobering site of the World War II concentration camp at Mauthausen, Austria, and a personal trauma that afflicted the Sackville-based artist’s family. Steeves’ personal struggle and its lingering memories are points of departure for a compelling artistic exploration of an encounter with pain and suffering and its transformative, mortal aspects.