Local Art Events

As part of the community-wide effort to help limit the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), the following galleries will be temporarily closed to the public until further notice:

Art Gallery of Burlington
Art Gallery of Hamilton
Art Gallery of Ontario
Art Gallery of Windsor
EXCAVO Fine Art
Gallery Stratford
Glenhyrst Art Gallery of Brant

Judith & Norman Alix Art Gallery
McIntosh Gallery
Michael Gibson Gallery (open by appointment only)

Museum London
St. Thomas-Elgin Public Art Centre
Westland Gallery

Woodstock Art Gallery

 

McIntosh Gallery

Attempting to Correct Disorder (2014), acrylic on panel, 116x98cm.

Current Exhibition – Kelly Greene: Accountability

March 6 – April 9, 2020
Curated by Helen Gregory
Opening Reception: Friday, March 6 | 7PM at the McIntosh Gallery, U.W.O., London

Kelly Greene is a multi-media artist who works in painting, sculpture, installation, and photography. A Mohawk member of the Six Nations of the Grand River in Ohsweken, Ontario, Greene focuses on topics that include environmental concerns as well as the impact that colonization has had on Canada’s First People. Although she wasn’t raised within her Indigenous heritage, Greene has spent much of her adult life learning about her Haudenosaunee identity.

As she works towards a deeper understanding of her own culture, Greene investigates the multiple ways in which the notion of accountability occurs across key issues affecting Indigenous people. As a nation with its roots in colonization by European settlers, Canada must remain accountable to the history of injustices suffered by honouring past treaties and recognizing the importance of restitution in the healing process. Indigenous people must remain accountable to themselves by taking on the responsibility for keeping their languages and traditions alive and, by passing them on to younger generations, mitigating further loss of vital knowledge and culture. And we must all take on the responsibility of caring for our Earth that sustains us. In her work, Greene makes specific references to the Haldimand Treaty granted to the people of Six Nations, as well as the Mohawk Institute Residential School, or “Mush Hole”, where her Grandmother attended in the 1920s. Greene’s ongoing concern towards increasingly pressing environmental issues has inspired work that represents Earth as Mother, honouring Haudenosaunee belief.

 

Up and Over a Stone, Kiawe Tree (detail), 2018. Performance Kona, Big Island, Hawaii. Photo documentation courtesy of Ed Pien.

Current Artist in Residence – Johannes Zits: Listening to Trees

March 6 – June 13, 2020
Curated by James Patten
Opening reception: Friday, March 6 | 7PM at the McIntosh Gallery, U.W.O., London
Artist Talk:
Thursday, March 12 | 4-5PM
Performative Action Workshop: Saturday, March 21 | noon-3PM (Maximum 8 participants, please contact Abby Vincent to reserve your place at mcintoshgallery@uwo.ca) POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
Walking Tour with Michael Lunau, Manager of Landscape Services, U.W.O.:
Thursday, April 2 | noon-1PM POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
Walking Tour of the Sherwood Fox Arboretum:
Thursday, May 21 | noon-1PM
Excursion to the Meeting Tree at Westminster Ponds:
Saturday, May 23 | 1-4PM (Space is limited, please contact Abby Vincent to reserve your place at mcintoshgallery@uwo.ca)
Walking & Listening Workshop with Johannes Zits:
Saturday, May 30 | noon-3PM (Maximum 8 participants, please contact Abby Vincent to reserve your place at mcintoshgallery@uwo.ca)
Outdoor Performance by Johannes Zits:
Tuesday, June 2 | 2-4PM

Many of us, especially in Canada, would claim a special relationship with trees and forests. But if we were asked to define that relationship, or describe our interactions with trees, we might come up short on answers. For the past ten years, Toronto performance artist Johannes Zits has been working with trees around the world. From Cambodia to Cuba, the trees he chooses tend to have unique historical or cultural value within communities. Some have borne witness to horrific human tragedies. Others mark the gradual development of communities as a gathering place or landmark.

Using nonverbal actions, he approaches nature as a body that is alive, vulnerable, and socially contextualized. Instead of making nature a passive backdrop in front of which human history unfolds, his encounters with trees are reflective and empathetic. Aligned with panpsychism, a philosophical world view in which all matter has consciousness, Zit’s practice shares an affinity with cultures in which humanity is seen as continuous with nature. To this end, he often collaborates with local communities to enhance his performances and interactions.

In London, Johannes Zits will be in residence at McIntosh Gallery from March until June. While here, he will be investigating the remnants of an avenue of 160-year-old black walnut trees that, at one time, lined the drive from Western Road to the old Kingsmill house that once stood near Middlesex College. He will also be researching and interacting with an ancient white oak, possibly 600 years old and called the meeting tree, that is said to have links to the Underground Railroad. His exhibition at the gallery will be completely transformed during the residency by the research he does in London.

A series of talks, workshops and walking tours with Johannes and other guests will be offered so that everyone can participate and learn more meaningful ways to experience nature and listen to trees.

 

Museum London

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

Current Exhibition – Dean Carson
January 25 – May 17, 2020

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.

 

 

Gallery Stratford

Current Exhibition – Libby Oliver: Soft Shells, Iris Häussler: Prototypes for Dirty Laundry & Claire Bartleman: I Found a Soft Tasset to Secure My Senses & Expose My Strength
February 1 – May 1, 2020
Curated by Angela Brayham

In association with Stratford Trashion Week (kicks off April 14), Gallery Stratford is putting on four exhibits, each of which is connected by themes of fashion & identity. Running alongside Goody Two Shoes: Prints from the Permanent Collection put together by artist and curator Lauren Prousky.

Libby Oliver: Soft Shells, profiles individuals through the clothes they choose to wear, as well as those they don’t. The artist displays photographs of the clothing from her subject’s closets, arranged in such a way, which speaks to how they see themselves and how they would like to be seen.

Iris Häussler: Prototypes for Dirty Laundry is an experimental exhibit in which the artist breaks down dresses and uses them to create new works of art. The artist took dresses she had worn before, dipped them in tar & allowed them to dry before submersing them in wax & shaping into sculptures.

Claire Bartleman: I Found a Soft Tasset to Secure My Senses & Expose My Strength explores the artist’s comparison between a wedding dress and a suit of armor (or tasset). 

Libby Oliver, ‘Terry’ (2019), Claire Bartleman, ‘My Life As a Body’ [detail], W. Chris Woods, ‘Girl A/P’ (1974), Iris Häussler, ‘Prototype’ [detail] (2018)

Judith & Norman Alix Art Gallery

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

Current Exhibition – Meryl McMaster: Confluence
February 7 – May 3, 2020
Curated by Heather Anderson
Opening Reception: Friday, February 7 | 6–9PM
Members Reception: Friday, February 7 | 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. By layering photographic images onto her body or through elaborate costumes and props she inhabits and explores alter egos.

Art Gallery of Hamilton

Michael Snow poses in 1962 with a jumping figure cut-out and ‘Green in Green’.

Current Exhibition – Early Snow: Michael Snow 1947-1962
February 8 – May 24, 2020
Guest curated by James King

Early Snow: Michael Snow 1947-1962 is the first exhibition to focus exclusively on the Canadian artist’s early formative years. The exhibition will comprise over 40 works and reflect Snow’s broad and diverse creative practices including painting, sculpture, film, video, and works on paper.

Exhibitions and writings dealing with Michael Snow tend to concentrate on his Walking Women works to the exclusion of his earlier work: an important series of abstractions, major sculptures, and a breakthrough series of figurative studies. In concentrating on the artist’s early work, Early Snow demonstrates how the artist’s later career can only be fully appreciated when his formative years are examined and understood. Running alongside Film Series: Michael Snow’s Wavelength (Thursday, February 27, 2020 | 7-9PM at the Art Gallery of Hamilton).

Wavelength, directed by Michael Snow (1967), Canada, 16mm, 45minutes, G.

Woodstock Art Gallery

Work Horse (2019), corten steel

Current Exhibition – Walk On: the ongoing sculpture project of John McEwan
November 2, 2019 – June 27, 2020
Curator: Mary Reid
Artist Talk: Wednesday, March 4 | 7PM in Rm D1060, Fanshawe College Fine Arts Dept., London

Although there is some debate on who created the very first “installation work” in Canada, John McEwen is certainly one of the primary contenders of this distinction. It is from these early explorations of sculpture and space that began some 45+ years ago that McEwen has continued his investigation of understanding how we perceive and interact with inert forms and shapes. The works presented in this exhibition trace John McEwen’s sculpture practice throughout his career.

 

 

EXCAVO Fine Art

Untitled, Manuel Caeiro (2015), Pigment inkjet print on Epson semigloss photo paper, 47x36cm

Current Exhibition – Carpe Diem: Multiplos
March 6 – April 4, 2020
Opening Reception: Thursday, March 5 | 6-9PM at Central Studios, London
Curatorial Talk with Lourenco Egreja (Director of CDAP): Saturday, March 7 | 2PM

As part of the community-wide effort to help limit the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), EXCAVO will be temporarily closed to the public until further notice. Carpe Diem: Multiplos editions are available for online viewing. For any inquiries please contact Gallery Director Moira McKee at moira@excavo.ca or call/text (519) 719-3190.

Carpe Diem Arte e Pesquisa (CDAP) is a contemporary art nonprofit and multidisciplinary visual arts structure based in Lisbon, Portugal with the aspiration to generate an international network of exchange between artists, critics, students and the public.

Multiplos features 100 limited editions that were produced as a result of Carpe Diem’s residency program at the Pombal Palace in Lisbon. Meant to be affordably priced while maintaining high standards of quality, these prints are developed by up-and-coming emerging artists to generate the interest of both new and established collectors of contemporary international art. Their concept is simple, quality art should be available to everyone.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            
 

Good Sport

Current Exhibition – Jill Emeny: You Are A Weed Get Out Of My Garden
March 13 – March 21, 2020
Opening Reception: Friday, March 13 | 6-9PM at Good Sport, London

You Are A Weed Get Out Of My Garden is a solo exhibition by London-based artist Jill Emeny. Using different mediums such as concrete, found objects and textiles to express the weight of societal expectations.

 

 

 

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

Good Sport – Gallery | Studio | Collective

GOOD TALKS: Zane Pate
Friday, March 27 | 6PM at Good Sport, London
Donations accepted at the door

Zane Pate currently works in screen printing, but it wasn’t always that way. Discovering his ideal career path wasn’t easy, but these days he has a clear vision. He has been creating work his whole life, and with an emphasis on line, repetition and composition, his pieces demand your attention. Join Zane as he discusses how an artwork’s style, medium, and message can all work together.

Good Talks is a monthly series of artist talks where emerging artists, with connections to London, discuss their careers.

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