Current Exhibition: Gary Spearin: 401EXIT232
September 22, 2018 – January 25, 2019
Opening Reception: Saturday, November 10 | 2PM at the Woodstock Art Gallery followed by an Artist Talk at 3PM
The 401 Exit 232 overpass at Woodstock, Ontario was the site where legendary London painter Jack Chambers (1931-1978) took the reference photographs that he used to create the painting 401 Towards London No. 1 (1968-69), which now resides in the collection of the Art Gallery of Ontario. Chambers’ now iconic image changes perceptions from the emblematic Canadian Group of Seven Landscapes into a more contemporary notion of moving through the landscape. Fifty years later, this 401 overpass is being replaced & the artist Gary Spearin has embarked on this project to mark the aforementioned connection through the use of photography, drawing, painting & video.
Current Exhibition: Dil Hildebrand & Patrick Thibert: Dancing On the Grave
December 1 – January 27, 2019
Opening Reception: Friday, November 30 | 6-9PM at the Art Gallery of Burlington
Artists Walk & Talk: Saturday, December 1 | 2PM
As a sculptor, Thibert’s artistic practice has moved from a deep engagement with abstraction towards the figure and has since leapt back into the power of shape, line, and colour. A generation younger, Hildebrand’s paintings have evolved out of the magical realism of trompe-l’œil (to deceive the eye) into a playful struggle with the flatness of the green drafting grid. He is now embracing historical illustration as a jumping off point with his image-making.
It is their imaginative use of collage and layering that formally links these two artists. The resulting visual effects strike those elusive chords of emotional meaning. Both Hildebrand and Thibert force the viewer to put work into the process of looking. The reward is an unraveling of subtle nuances that tug at poignant memories and connections buried deep within us.
Current Exhibition: Mickalene Thomas: Femmes Noires
November 29, 2018 – March 24, 2019, on the 5th floor of the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto
Mickalene Thomas: Femmes Noires upends and overturns familiar representations and monolithic notions of black women today. This exhibition presents a bold collection of Thomas’s vibrant and politically charged paintings, silkscreens, photographs, time-based media and site-specific installations exploring how black women are represented in art and popular culture. The exhibition also highlights Thomas’s collage work and the inspiration she takes from art histories and movements, including Impressionism, Cubism, Dada and the Harlem Renaissance. This is the first large-scale solo exhibition by this African-American contemporary artist to be staged in Canada. It will spark timely and urgent conversations about race, representational politics, black celebrity culture and sexuality as seen from a black queer feminist perspective.
Current Exhibition: Ron Milton: So You Want to be a Bird
January 5 – February 16, 2019
Artist Reception: Saturday, January 12 | 1-3PM at the St. Thomas-Elgin Public Art Centre, Gallery 1 & 2, St. Thomas
Over the years this London native has employed a wide spectrum of artistic techniques. In printmaking, sculpting, and painting he incorporates images from books and museums into his artwork, adapting them to create a contemporary image.
Current Exhibition: Allyson Mitchel & Madelyne Beckles: What Motivates Her?
January 18 – March 10, 2019
Opening Reception: Friday, January 18 | 7-10PM at the Thames Art Gallery, Chatham-Kent Cultural Centre
Allyson Mitchell and Madelyne Beckles are contemporary, multidisciplinary artists striving to make thought provoking, eye opening, powerful work about feminism, sexuality, and social stigmas. Thinking through intersectional queer feminist embodiments and new materialism, together they will create an interactive, sensorial environment informed by pop culture, deconstruction and decolonizing gestures. Of their work they state: “We are two artists who struggle to understand how we move and groove through feminism, family, violence, bureaucracy, and the tasks of the everyday which can seem impossible, shameful and ridiculous in this political moment. Our shared fantastic empathetic intuitions are what we push and reveal in this exhibition that includes video, textile, sculpture and prints.” Their artwork leverages traditionally domestic practices and imagery, including craft techniques and found objects using a destabilizing humour that also addresses complicated negotiations facing artists engaged with female identity today.
Current Exhibition: Jeff Bierk: Curtain
January 12 – March 10, 201 at the Glenhyrst Art Gallery of Brant, Brantford
The exhibition Curtain features works by Toronto-based artist and photographer Jeff Bierk. Well-known for turning his camera towards his friends and others, Bierk has chosen to reverse his gaze and reflect upon his life, questioning the poetics of memory and how it can generate meaning from past events and experiences. In this exhibition, he pairs a hitherto unseen series of photographs taken in hospitals between 2009 and 2010, where his lover was dying, with current photo-based portraiture, posing a layering of memory that is at once beautiful and distorted.
Upcoming Exhibition: Natalie Hunter: Staring Into the Sun
January 25 – April 28, 2019
Opening Reception: Thursday, January 31 | 7PM at the Rodman Hall Art Centre, Brock University, St. Catharines
Artist Talk: Thursday, March 28 | 7PM
Using light as a material in her photo-based sculptures and installations, Hamilton’s Natalie Hunter explores the relationship between memory and physical space. For this body of work, Hunter photographed windows in familiar rooms of her childhood home, revealing intimate interiors that frame views of the external world. Using vibrant colour filters in her process, Hunter layers multiple exposures taken minutes or hours apart, and prints on transparent and translucent films that she hangs, ripples, and drapes to interact with architectural and ambient characteristics of the exhibition space. Luminous and transient, the viewer’s experience of the works shifts with subtle changes in light and environment. Alluding to enduring routines and the passage of time, these works, as Hunter describes, “touch on how traces of our interior, most private spaces linger in our minds long after we’ve left them behind.”
Upcoming Exhibition: Diane Landry: Flying School
February 1 – March 31, 2019
Opening Reception: Friday, February 1 | 6-9PM at the Judith & Norman Art Gallery, Sarnia
Members Reception: 7PM
Québec artist Diane Landry uses familiar objects and shadow play to celebrate the mystery of the everyday. In Flying School, umbrellas come to life as living, breathing entities in a garden of colour and sound. Umbrellas unfold and fold intermittently–slowly–like a person inhaling and exhaling, while chanting a meditative, plaintive melody.
Upcoming Exhibition: Helmut Becker
February 5 – February 16, 2019
Opening Reception: Saturday, February 9 | 2-4PM at the Westland Gallery, Wortley Village, London
Helmut Becker, a professor emeritus at Western University, is an artist papermaker with an extensive career history of exhibitions, research and publications for which he has acquired an international reputation. His research involves the cultivation and harvesting methods of hemp and fibre flax. He has a particular interest in the development of alternatives to trees as a source for papermaking. Currently, he is experimenting with ancient processing techniques on hemp for sculptural applications and papermaking for his woodcut prints.