The Nature of Nature celebrates forty years of production from one of Canada’s leading photographers, the New Brunswick-based Thaddeus Holownia. This exhibition offers insight into Holownia’s art-making from the late 1970s to the present day and features newly created works on exhibition for the very first
Firmly located within the North American documentary genre, Holownia’s work is engaged with the histories of photography and of places. His unique practice, using predominantly analogue technologies, merges high craft with prolonged inquiry as his projects span years if not decades.
As Holownia states:
The meaning that resides in my bodies of work goes beyond visual description; they stand as a history of the play between human intervention and the landscape. The result is both an anecdote of an ordinary place and a metaphor for our relationship to place and environment. What emerges is a sense of vulnerability and the inexorable force of time.
Together with an attendant publication of the same title, The Nature of Nature: The Photographs of Thaddeus Holownia, 1976-2016 brings into focus the Maritime artist’s significant contributions to the photographic medium, providing the most comprehensive critical analysis of his practice to date.
Borrowing heavily from the language of wine, part three of this exhibition will be a blockbuster offering that will look at regional artistic production through the culture from which it emerges. The word “terroir” refers to 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 Art Gallery of Nova Scotia permanent collection with a special focus on Nova Scotia roots — the history and culture of the place informing its artistic community’s output.
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