Local Art Events

Westland Gallery

Current Exhibition: Carlos Delgado
May 7 – June 1, 2019

Carlos Delgado is a Colombian artist with international recognition living between Colombia & Toronto, Canada. His works explore a multitude of expressions & ranges of human self-expression. Focusing on capturing the subtleties of emotions & experiences as expressed through the face & the body, his work becomes a reflection of each individual being & humans as a whole.  

 

 

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.   

Central Studios

Nomads, acrylic on canvas, 24″x30″

Current Exhibition: Josepha van den Anker: Cantos
May 9 – May 30, 2019
Opening Reception: Thursday, May 9 | 6-9PM at Central Studios, London

Josepha van den Anker was born in the Netherlands, immigrated to Canada at the age of 6 & now calls St. Thomas home. This figurative painter’s work reflects a personal narrative in form, colour and expression & gives the viewer the feeling of a well written story.

 

 

 

 

Glenhyrst Art Gallery of Brant

Upcoming Exhibition: Tracey-Mae Chambers
May 25 – July 14, 2019
Opening Reception: TBD

Tracey-Mae Chambers is a Métis sculptor from Simcoe, Ontario working in encaustics, an ancient form of art that uses melted beeswax mixed with Damar resin (tree sap). Her work has been widely exhibited and collected in Canada, the United States, South America, and Australia. This exhibition incorporates Chambers’ well-known explorations of vessel-like forms, which were recently commissioned for the United Nations, along with a new, large-scale series that examines human interactions with the natural world; in particular, these works explore the anthropocene, a geologic period when human beings have greatly impacted the climate and the environment leading to profound transformation of the Earth.

Museum London

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

Upcoming 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)

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

 

Westland Gallery

Upcoming Exhibition: Jeannette Obbink
June 18 – July 6, 2019
Opening Reception: TBD
Artist Talk: TBD

 

Jeanette Obbink’s impressionistic and suggestively realistic painting style, reflects both her love for nature & the environment. Bold in colour and size, she captures time and space in an array of colours that made one viewer call her work  “Monet on steroids”, a compliment as far as Jeanette is concerned.

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