Local Art Events

McIntosh Gallery

Un Autre Faux Pas (detail), 1978. Performance Kingston Maximum Penitentiary, Canada. Photo documentation courtesy of Tobey Anderson.

Current Exhibition: Gerard Pas: Broken Body
January 10 – February 22, 2020
Curated by James Patten
Opening Reception: Friday, January 10 | 7-9PM at the McIntosh Gallery, U.W.O., London
Curator Walk & Talk: Wednesday, January 22 | 12:30PM
Artist Walk & Talk: Thursday, February 13 | 2PM

London artist Gerard Pas has been a pioneer of disability arts in Canada since the 1970s. He is among the first generation of international artists who expressed their identities as disabled people in order to challenge prevailing attitudes and stereotypes.

Broken Body includes close to 30 years of ‘self-reflective’ works motivated by the frustration of being culturally and socially marginalized because of his atrophied leg, which was the result of having polio as a child.

Works in the show include photographs, sculptures and paintings.

Woodstock Art Gallery

Aegyptus (detail), Dil Hildebrand (2017), acrylic, nylon fibre & sand on acrylic panel. Crosscurrent No. 8 (detail), Patrick Thibert (2017), powder coated aluminum

Current Exhibition: Dil Hildebrand & Patrick Thibert: Dancing on the Grave
November 2, 2019 – January 25, 2020
Opening Reception: Saturday, November 2 | 2-4PM at the Woodstock Art Gallery
Artist Walk & Talk: Saturday, November 2 | 3PM

Featuring recent works by Dil Hildebrand and Patrick Thibert, the tongue-in-cheek title of this exhibition conjures up associations to mortality and re-birth, but more directly references the genre of abstraction. In the last 100 years, abstraction has been sought after, theorized, given life and meaning to, only to be re-interpreted and re-invented many times over. Both Hildebrand and Thibert are part of this complex and faceted trajectory, coming to abstraction from their own individual positions of experience and place. Seen together, the works of Hildebrand and Thibert reveal shared common links but also the diverse tangents that the genre of abstraction possesses.

 

 

 

CommunionMan (left) and CommunionWoman (right)

Current Exhibition: ErikFlock: Evolutionary Art
November 2, 2019 – January 25, 2020
Opening Reception: Saturday, November 2 | 2-4PM at the Woodstock Art Gallery

Mathematical Artist ErikFlock (a.k.a. F A.M. E) began his artistic career in Evolutionary Art in 2014 with a self-devised mathematical formula and a computer. ErikFlock is a digital colourist and mathematical theorist. He is the inventor of Digital Press Ink (DPI) for Digital Machine Art (Digimacha). ErikFlock envisions an algorithm to predict a pattern of prime numbers in a square, defines this pattern as a digital algorithm and creates a process to produce evolutionary art of artistic and technical merit “of equivalent infinity and figurative plausibility.” His belief, simply stated, “Art Made Man.”

 

Museum London

Urban Renewal with Sailors (1968), gelatin silver print on paper

Current Exhibition: THE LOST CITY: Ian MacEachern’s Photographs of Saint John
September 21, 2019 – January 26, 2020
Fall Opening Reception: Sunday, September 29 | 2-4PM at Museum London, London

From the 1950s through the 1970s, cities throughout North America engaged in disruptive periods of massive “urban renewal” of older, poorer areas. These aged neighbourhoods were razed to make way for highways, housing projects, sports arenas, and acres of open, unoccupied space.

Ian MacEachern focused his camera lens on one such neighbourhood in Saint John which was not simply transformed over time, it was obliterated.

MacEachern’s images represent a rich trove of human stories about community, family ties, the disappearing architectural landscape, and the face of powerful change during the mid-twentieth century. They portray the day-to-day adversity, but also the episodes of sympathy and joy that surrounded inner city urban life not so long ago. These photographs show us a Saint John that was tired but full of energy; decaying but full of life. This is the lost city.

 

Tony Urquhart (c. 1960s), gelatin silver print on paper

Current Exhibition: Ian MacEachern & Don Vincent: London Lens
September 21, 2019 – January 19, 2020
Fall Opening Reception: Sunday, September 29 | 2-4PM at Museum London, London

London Lens brings together the imagery of two London photographers from the 1960s. Artists who were also friends, Ian MacEachern and Don Vincent portrayed life in this city’s downtown, capturing glimpses of work and leisure, and recording the creative cultural upheaval in which the London Regionalists—artists, filmmakers, novelists, poets, musicians, and activists—flourished. 

 

Museum London

Untitled (2017) collaged panels, oil on canvas, wood

Upcoming Exhibition: Dean Carson
January 25 – May 17, 2020
Winter Exhibition Opening Reception: Sunday, February 2 | 2-4PM at Museum London, London

The Windsor, Ontario-based artist Dean Carson engages with the often-neglected backdrops to our lives, contemplating the space itself rather than the narratives unfolding within them. His drawings and paintings capture visual irregularities and abstractions hiding in plain sight.

 

 

Judith & Norman Alix Art Gallery

Dream Catcher (2015), ink jet print, 81.3×167.6cm

Upcoming Exhibition: Meryl McMaster: Confluence
February 7 – May 3, 2020
Opening Reception: Friday, February 7 | 6-9PM at the Judith & Norman Alix Art Gallery, Sarnia
Members Reception: 7PM | RSVP Required

Meryl McMaster’s potent, mysterious photographs explore the fluid domain of identity, and the possibilities for examining and revisioning the self and its representation. Placing her body centrally in front of the camera, McMaster transforms her appearance, whether by layering photographic images onto her body or through elaborate costumes and props she creates and inhabits as alter egos, solitary in the landscape.

Westland Gallery

A Line of Late Afternoon Sun, Lee Munn, acrylic on canvas, 24×48″. Cheltenham Badlands, Study 1, Peter Dušek (2014), photograph, 20×20″

Upcoming Exhibition: Lee Munn & Peter Dušek
February 18 – March 7, 2020
Opening Reception: Saturday, February 28 | 2-4PM at the Westland Gallery, London

The bright, saturated colour of Lee Munn’s canvases contrast fittingly with the muted, minimalist black & white photography of Peter Dušek.

 

Also check out the current or upcoming interesting exhibitions/shows/talks at:

Westland Gallery

Denise Antaya, Andrew Sookrah, Brent Schreiber, Carlos Delgado, Carol Finkbeiner Thomas, Catherine Morrisey, Dana Cowie, Donna Andreychuk, Erica Dornbusch, Gordon Harrison, Greg Benz, Jeanette Obbink, Johnnene Maddison, Lisa Johnson, Paul Lambert, Rick Sturgeon & Sheila Davis.

 

 

Good Sport – Gallery | Studio | Collective

GOOD TALKS: Andres Garzon
Friday, January 31 | 6-8PM at Good Sport, London
Donations accepted at the door

Andres Garzon is a London, Ontario based artist and illustrator. His handcrafted, colourful and impactful work explores themes of identity, personal growth, and advocacy. Through his practice, Andres consistently highlights the endless benefits of sharing our personal struggles as both creative people and human beings.

Good Talks is a monthly series of artist talks where emerging artists with connections to London discuss their careers. Funding support from the Ontario Arts Council.

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