Local Art Events

McIntosh Gallery

Suzanne Duquet, PARR IX (1976) oil & coloured pencil on paper

Current Exhibition – Computational Arts in Canada 1967-1974
November 5, 2020 – December 12, 2020
Co-curators: Adam Lauder & Mark Hayward
Virtual Curator Talk: November 12 | 7PM, via Zoom webinar. Watch Zoom Webinar recording HERE.
PLEASE NOTE: McIntosh Gallery is open by appointment only. Book your appointment online HERE.

The first historical survey of Canada’s rich contributions to first-generation computer art, Computational Arts in Canada 1967-1974 assembles an impressive array of animated films, videos, plotter drawings, digital paintings, computer-generated silk-screen prints, and interactive teletype printouts capturing the remarkable diversity of activity during this period of creative ferment and technical innovation.

One area that this exhibit highlights is the interdisciplinary collaborations between London area artists and researchers facilitated by Western’s Department of Computer Science under the visionary leadership of former chair John Hart. Greg Curnoe’s language-based experiments (Computer Journals), and the work of experimental filmmaker, and UWO emeritus professor, Alexander Keewatin (“Kee”) Dewdney underscores this collaboration.

Computational Arts in Canada also illuminates the achievements of women artists in this historically male-dominated field, including Suzanne Duquet—a long-time UQÀM professor of painting who made repeated visits to Western as an artist-in-residence—and the multidisciplinary Web art innovator Vera Frenkel.

The exhibition is accompanied by a visually stunning catalogue that includes original scholarly essays by the guest curators—based, in part, on materials held by Western’s archives and collections—as well as a new text by ACAD professor Ashley Scarlett.

You can find the full co-curator exhibit statement by Adam Lauder & Mark Hayward HERE.

Museum London

Ipperwash (2000-2001) oil on canvas, digitized photograph on masonite, anodized aluminum.

Current Exhibition – Gaawiin Ogiibagidenaawaasiiwaawan/ They Did Not Let It Go
September 12, 2020 – January 24, 2021
Co-curators: Summer Bressette & Monica Virtue

This exhibition marks the 25th anniversary of the Ipperwash Crisis, which culminated in the death of Indigenous land defender Anthony “Dudley” George on September 6, 1995.

Gaawiin Ogiibagidenaawaasiiwaawan, which roughly translates from Anishinaabemowin to “they did not let it go,” brings together artwork by Anishinaabe artist Robert Houle, maps, wampum, interview testimony, and photography to frame the events at Ipperwash within a long history of colonial coercion, government inaction, and Indigenous resistance.

The multimedia exhibition aims to highlight “the notable resistance and consistent lack of consent on behalf of the Anishinaabeg to surrender their homeland, their bodies, and their images to colonial power.”

For a brief history & background on the Ipperwash Crisis, see Museum London’s exhibition website.

Judith & Normal Alix Art Gallery (JNAAG)

Current Exhibition – Z’otz* Collective: Ode to the Inside Out Questions
October 2, 2020 – March 07, 2021
PLEASE NOTE: You must book your visit on the JNAAG website to comply with COVID19 contact tracing requirements.
Holiday Hours: JNAAG will be closed from December 23, 2020 through to January 1, 2021.

Taking its name from the Mayan word for “bat,” Z’otz* Collective consists of three artists with Latin American roots: Nahúm Flores (Honduras), Erik Jerezano (Mexico), and Ilyana Martínez (Mexico/Canada). For over fifteen years, these artists have worked collaboratively out of a shared Toronto studio on drawings, paintings, collages, sculptures, & site-specific installations.

“Their process includes passing work between each other to create authorless art with a dreamlike quality. It’s impossible to tell which artist contributed what; the mix of ink, watercolour, pen, and paint seamlessly bleeds together to create a textured fabric which sits on top of the page. A tiny Z’otz* stamp performs the role of a collective signature: a figure bent over with its arms swung high behind them, as if it were submitting headfirst to the power of art. The imaginations of Flores, Jerezano, and Martínez, now extend to the viewer—the fourth collaborator who naturally projects a narrative onto the art.”

 

Woodstock Art Gallery

Pool & Birches (1917), oil on canvas, 56x66cm

Current Exhibition – ‘Blazes Along the Trail’: Exploring David Milne’s Imaginative Vision
November 3, 2020 – June 26, 2021
Curator: Christopher Finn
Virtual Curator Talk: October 29 | 3-4PM, free Zoom webinar. Register HERE.

David Milne’s significance as an early twentieth century Canadian modernist artist rests on his focused & deeply personal art making strategies informed by an innovative aesthetic & stylistic approach. The selection of works featured in this exhibition reveals the range of David Milne’s inspiration in exploring media which supported his painting while also fostering new considerations in his approach to his art-making.

 

Current Exhibition – Winter is Coming
November 14, 2020 – January 9, 2021
Co-curators: Julia de Kwant & Mary Reid

As the cold weather sets in, warm up at the Woodstock Art Gallery with this selection of works from the permanent collection featuring winter holiday activities.

 

 

Michael Gibson Gallery

Current Exhibition – “The Simple Life”
December 3, 2020 – December 26, 2020

This December group exhibition features artworks that are inspired by the home, domestic life and the simple everyday objects made extraordinary by the following artists: Jack Chambers, Vic Cicansky, Aganetha Dyck, Gathie Falk, Brian Jones, Dorothy Knowles and Mary Pratt.

Victor Cicansky, Gallon of Leaping Fish (2019) clay and glaze, 11 3/4″ x 6″ diameter. Gathie Falk, Cabbage, Tomatoes, Cucumber (2020) acrylic on canvas, 20″ x 24″. Brian Jones, Yard Scene #1 (1978) pencil on paper, 9 1/2″ x 11 1/2″.

Benz Gallery (formerly the Thielsen Gallery)

Fiona Dalrymple, Fresh Start, acrylic on canvas, 36″x 36″. Shane Norrie, Sunrise, acrylic on wood panel, 30″x 30″.

Current Exhibition – Shane Norrie, Greg Benz & Fiona Dalrymple: Vast
December 4, 2020 – December 18, 2020
Opening Reception: Friday, December 4 | 6–10PM. The gallery will keep to a 10-15 person maximum with social distancing & masks in effect.

Landscapes are the focus of paintings by three Canadian artists featured in the exhibit, Vast.

According to London artist & gallery owner, Greg Benz, “all three landscape artists take on this theme from very different angles, from strong, bold-coloured strokes, cracked textured surfaces to linear graphical compositions. Each artist has their own distinct style, but all three have one thing in common: they take in and use the surroundings around them as a source of inspiration.”

 

Also check out the current or upcoming interesting special events at:

St. Thomas-Elgin Public Art Centre (STEPAC)

Miniature Show & Sale (STEPAC Gallery 3)
November 14th to December 19th

A miniature show & sale provides a perfect opportunity for artists & the community! Many people don’t always have the ability or space, to acquire or collect large, more expensive pieces of art from their favourite or new, favourite artist. This show & sale is a really easy, fun way to do both. Whether you’re starting or adding to a collection or purchasing a one-of-a-kind gift for someone on your list this upcoming holiday season, this show has you covered

Holiday Hours: STEPAC will be closed from December 20 through to January 5, 2021.

Strand Fine Art Services

Johnny Pootoogook, Aerial Pursuit, 17″ x 18″

2020 Cape Dorset Annual Print Collection
Release Date: October 17, 2020

Located on the southern tip of Baffin Island, Cape Dorset is hailed as the most artistic community in Canada & the undisputed capital of Inuit art. For over 60 years, Kinngait & Dorset Fine Arts has provided a global community with this annual release of extraordinary works in lithography, etching, stone cut, stencil, & screen print. Call (226-663-7168) or email (strandaway@hotmail.com) to set up an appointment for viewing.

 

 

 

Westland Gallery

9th Annual Square Foot Show 2020
November 18, 2020 – December 31, 2020

This highly anticipated annual exhibition brings together 706 unique pieces – all 12×12″ – created by 263 local & area artists.

Westland Gallery Square Foot Show 2021 calendars are available now! Purchase in-person at the Westland Gallery or on-line.