Local Art Events

Judith & Norman Alix Art Gallery

Current Exhibition: Tyler Manzon: faux hero
May 3 – July 21, 2019
Opening Reception: Friday, May 3 | 6-9PM at the Judith & Norman Alix Art Gallery, Sarnia
Members Reception: 7PM

Is it enough to just be…normal? The term hero has become so common place, so overused and cliché that its implications become pedestrian; or as Manzon points out, for his generation the carrier of powerful and often mixed messages.

faux hero is presented in the medium of photography – challenging the viewers’ perception of truth and reality. Traditionally dubbed a documentary tool, photographic imagery has been considered as a record of undisputed truth. With contemporary photography, the distinction between what is real and what is not real often becomes blurred – making the viewer aware of the role that technology and media play in our culture in the shaping of our perceptions of reality.

Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO)

Untitled (Ocean), 1977. Graphite on acrylic ground on paper.

Current Exhibition: Vija Celmins: To Fix the Image in Memory
May 4 – August 5, 2019

Vija Celmins: To Fix the Image in Memory is the first major North American retrospective of the celebrated artist’s work in over two decades. One of the few women to be recognized as a significant artist in 1960s Los Angeles, Celmins relocated to New York City in 1981, where she continues to live and work.  Her subject matter ranges from early studio still life paintings and sculpture, to small scale drawings of ocean surfaces, spider webs and celestial skies, all meticulously rendered in extraordinary detail.  This exhibition will also feature several large scale paintings, drawn from the artist’s newest body of work.    

Featuring over 110 works, this exhibition highlights Celmins’ intensive approach of creating artistic “redescriptions” of the physical world as a way of understanding human consciousness through lived experience. These delicate and subtle artworks invite the viewer to pause and contemplate Celmins’ distinctive artistic process.

 

Museum London

The Bears of Confederation (2016) acrylic on canvas, 190 x 345 cm

Current Exhibition: Kent Monkman “Shame & Prejudice: A Story of Resilience”
June 1 – August 25, 2019
Opening Reception: Friday, June 7 | 8-10PM at Museum London
Much Miss Chief: Films & Videos by Kent Monkman: Thursday, July 25 | 6:30PM Curator-led tour (free) | 7:30PM film screening ($5, $10 at the door)
Public Matters & the Museum: Kent Monkman Artist Talk: Thursday, September 19 | 7PM (free)

Kent Monkman’s “Shame and Prejudice: A Story of Resilience” was created as a response to Canada 150 celebrations. Monkman’s gender-fluid, time travelling alter-ego, Miss Chief Eagle Testickle, is our guide on a journey through Canada’s history that starts one-hundred and fifty years before Confederation and takes us to the present.

Miss Chief brings visitors to the period of New France and the fur trade, and ends her story in the harsh urban environment of Winnipeg’s north end, and contemporary life on the reserve. The exhibition addresses some of the darkest chapters of Canada’s past, narrating a story of Canada through the lens of First Nations resilience. As both artist and curator of the exhibition, Monkman places his own paintings, drawings, and sculptural works in dialogue with historical artifacts and artworks borrowed from museums and private collections from across the country.

 

Dance to Miss Chief (still from video), 2010, 4:49 minutes, colour, English and German with English subtitles

Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO)

Warrior 1 (2017) Nike Air Jordans, leather, 99.06 x 81.28 x 73.66 cm.

Current Exhibition: Brian Jungen: Friendship Centre
June 20 – August 25, 2019
Member’s Preview: June 18 & 19
Public Opening: June 19 | 6PM

A selection of Jungen’s striking sculptures made of repurposed found objects and materials will be exhibited alongside an epic new moving image work. An artist of mixed European and Indigenous heritage, Jungen explores a long history of cultural inequality, a concern for the environment and a profound commitment to Indigenous ways of knowing and making.

 

 

 

 

Michael Gibson Gallery

2518-V-18 (2019), Acrylic on linen, 64″ x 84″

Current Exhibition: Mark Dicey: Paintings
July 4 – July 27, 2019
Opening Reception: Thursday July 4 | 8-10PM at the Michael Gibson Gallery, London

Calgary artist, Mark Dicey, claims the abstract shapes and colour relationships in his work are from his day-to-day observations & not from a pre-conceived narrative or plan other than the acrylic medium and size of canvas. Dicey’s aim is for viewers to observe the working process and to see the history of the paintings’ making.

 

 

Father & Son: Hockey Memories in London, ON (2019), Ink on paper, 20.5″ x 30″

Current Exhibition: Jason McLean: Something Up My Sleeve
July 4 – July 27, 2019
Opening Reception: Thursday July 4 | 8-10PM at the Michael Gibson Gallery, London

Jason McLean’s drawings, paintings and sculptures are idiosyncratic visual records of his experiences, observations and perceptions. His frenetic artworks include rich annotations and carefully-researched fragments of personal and social histories. McLean’s drawings act as diaries that pictorially represent his relationship with local environments. His works are often described as mental maps, where samplings of his daily observations are mashed-up into antiheroic, yet poignant combinations. Working in this way, McLean uses humour to touch upon challenging subject matter, such as sadness, loss, displacement, mental illness and economic hardship.

For the drawings in Something Up My Sleeve, Mclean, influenced by his love of lists and with a nod to Greg Curnoe, has stamped (using a 20 year old stamp pad set) some of the important names featured in each drawing around the perimeter of each page while the topic is visually mapped out and explained in the interior.

 

Also check out the current interesting exhibitions at:

Westland Gallery

St. Thomas-Elgin Public Art Centre

The St. Thomas-Elgin Public Art Centre will celebrate its 50th anniversary with a series of exhibitions designed to catalyze conversations about the Public Art Centre’s role in defining and documenting our important visual history. Foundation: Selections from the Collection, is an assemblage of historic art works by local and regional artists hung in the traditional salon style. The selection draws attention to and demonstrates the finely woven realm of artistic influence through mediums, style, association and instruction with special focus on the works of Ross Reverdy Osgood, William St. Thomas Smith, Lila Knowles, Caroline Curtis, and Clark McDougall.

 

Woodstock Art Gallery

 

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