The cover of the current issue

Current Issue: SUMMER 2017

CODES + SYMBOLS

STEPHANIE YEE

URSULA JOHNSON

JORDAN BENNETT

An interlude, or, intelligent tan

An interlude, or, intelligent tan

Gallery 1
Artist presentation: Wed 14 June, 12 Noon 

An Interlude, or, intelligent tan, suggests the gallery as a space of psychic experimentation. Using the sculpture Proposal for a Viewing Apparatus (2014) as an imaginary lens through which to conjure and distort, the artist will work in the gallery over the course of the exhibition, using raw clay and Venetian plaster on the walls to develop figures and images of imaginary pasts and more hopeful futures. She will also make herself available for impromptu tarot readings, consultations on spiritual well-being from a secular skeptic, and general solidarity in questionable times.

Bio:
Beth Stuart received her MFA in 2009 from the University of Guelph. In 2010, Stuart was shortlisted for the RBC Canadian Painting Competition; she received one of two honourable mentions in 2011. Her work has been featured in solo exhibitions at Latcham Gallery (Stouffville), La Centrale Galerie Powerhouse and Battat Contemporary (both in Montreal). Currently, her work may also be seen in The Painting Project, Galerie UQUAM, Montreal. Stuart lives and works in Hamilton.

Move In Place

Move In Place

Gallery 2
Artist presentation: Wed 21 June, 12 Noon

Move in Place is a series of digital, photographic collages produced in collaboration with the Agnes Etherington Art Gallery, Queens University, Kingston, ON. Images and 3D scans of objects from the Seattle Art Museum African collection and The Justin and Elisabeth Lang Collection of African Art at the Agnes were unfolded, digitally cut, reassembled and juxtaposed with body parts of ballet dancers. The African art objects, which represent the accoutrements of West African masquerade, form new hybrids with the gestures of Classical French ballet. Combining these two languages against the backdrop of an ambiguous and archival digital space, Move in Place raises questions about the visual and discursive habits that shape understandings of African art within Western museums.

Bio:
Brendan Fernandes is a Canadian artist of Kenyan and Indian descent. He completed the Independent Study Program of the Whitney Museum of American Art (2007) and earned his MFA (2005) from the University of Western Ontario and his BFA (2002) from York University in Canada. He has exhibited internationally and nationally including exhibitions at the Soloman R. Guggenheim Museum, MoMA, the Museum of Art and Design New York, Art in General, the Musee d’art contemporary de Montreal, The National Gallery of Canada, the Brooklyn Museum, Mass MoCA, Deutsche Guggenheim and the Western New York Biennial through The Albright-Knox Art Gallery.

Fernandes was a finalist for the Sobey Art Award, Canada’s pre-eminent award for contemporary art in 2010, and was on the longlist for the award in 2013 and 2015. He was a 2014 recipient of a Robert Rauschenberg Residency and Fellowship. A national Canadian tour of his work recently concluded with the publication of an artist monograph, Brendan Fernandes: Still Move produced by Black Dog Press in London, which will be launched June 21st at 6pm at the Anna Leonowens’ Art Bar +Projects!

LandMarks: Art+ Places+ Perspectives

LandMarks: Art+ Places+ Perspectives

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LandMarks is a network of collaborative, contemporary art projects across Canada’s national parks on the 150th anniversary of Canadian Confederation. Under the umbrella of the LandMarks project, students in this studio course have spent the semester exploring our complex relationship to the local landscape from many perspectives. Their multidisciplinary works aim to foster a dialogue about our collective histories and shared futures. Additional installations in Halifax’s Point Pleasant Park are exhibited concurrent to the works within the gallery.

The Skewed Persona

The Skewed Persona

Gallery 1

In the age of the ‘selfie’ what does it mean to take a portrait of oneself? Three artists based in photography who work with their own bodies have each created a self-portraiture series in which they explore and challenge the conventional aspects of portrait photography. Each series highlights a different struggle the artist faces throughout their day to day life including feminist issues, mental illness, and fear of inadequacy. Through each individual series these photographic artists strive to share their experience with others and seek comparison with viewers who may be struggling with some of the same issues.

A Round

A Round

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A Round is a collaborative project that traces reciprocal inspiration and influence between artist friends.  Drawing names from a hat, each artist is selected to create an artwork inspired by the previously drawn artist’s work. None of the artists involved have seen the entire project: only the round they were given to work with. The results are a series of independent works that showcase how ideas evolve through different creative perspectives. The show contains works by ten artists in a variety of mediums including painting, jewelry, and poetry.

stand back 5 feet/tenez vous 5 pied en avant

stand back 5 feet/tenez vous 5 pied en avant

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This group exhibition is concerned with movement, distance, and translation. Two sets of artists have been selected to exchange works between Halifax and Paris. The work of the curated artists responds to the title.