Local Art Events

Art Gallery of Ontario

Le Dejeuner sur l’herbe: Les trois femmes noires (detail), 2010. Rhinestones, acrylic, and enamel on wood panel, 304x731cm

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

Rodman Hall Art Centre

Songs of May (detail), 2018, Giclée prints on transparent film

Current 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.”

Judith & Norman Alix Art Gallery

Flying School (2000), installation

Current Exhibition: Diane Landry: Flying School
February 1 – March 31, 2019
Opening Reception: Friday, February 1 | 6-9PM at the Judith & Norman Alix 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.

 

Woodstock Art Gallery

Puppet Installation

Current Exhibition: The Enormous Elsewhere (Alexa Fraser & Clelia Scala): Eating Animals
February 16 – April 27, 2019
Opening Reception: Saturday, February 16 | 2PM at the Woodstock Art Gallery, Woodstock

Eating Animals is a darkly humorous puppet installation that playfully explores the idea of what – and who – we consume. In its first incarnation, Eating Animals told a story about a dinner party in two acts. Now, the story unfolds in a series of photographs surrounding a central sculpture.

 

St. Thomas-Elgin Public Art Centre

Wrap No.5 (2016), powder coated aluminum, 33″h x 9.5″w 7 .75″d

Current Exhibition: Patrick Thibert: The Wrap Series
February 23 – April 6, 2019
Artist Reception: Saturday, March 2 | 7-9PM at the St. Thomas-Elgin Public Art Centre, Gallery 1 & 2, St. Thomas

London area artist, Patrick Thibert’s newest body of work explores the dynamics of line & space & the physical relationship of the viewer to the lyrical wall constructions. The changes to the linear elements were created by the process of rolling, folding & twisting the aluminum. The compositions challenge the viewers by physically reaching into their space. At any moment the linear elements move in & out of the core structure to physically pull the viewer visually into the composition only to be quickly exited out again. As a result, they offer the possibility of different experiences for the viewer.

The strong colours offer different emotional responses to the lyrical constructions that change & shift as the viewer’s retina adjusts, at times, to the subtle colour combinations. The singular or multiple colours applied to the different sculptures create a visual tension that changes as the colours change & challenges the viewer in different ways.

Judith & Norman Alix Art Gallery

Song (1984), pastel on paper

Current Exhibition: Rita Letendre: Chasing Vibrato
March 1 – April 14, 2019
Opening Reception: Friday, March 1 | 6-9PM at the Judith & Norman Alix Art Gallery, Sarnia
Artist Guided Tour: Saturday April 6 | 1:30-2:15PM | Registration required
For event registration, call 519-336-8127 ext. 3226

Rita Letendre
is an abstract artist who has lived in Toronto since 1970. Drawing works from the Judith & Norman Art Gallery and Museum London’s permanent collections, Chasing Vibrato investigates Letendre’s experiments with new mediums that prompted a stylistic transition from the hard-edged arrows that gained her international recognition to a period dominated by atmospheric haze. In both approaches, she makes the surface of her works vibrate through dynamic tension between colour and form. She is both an officer of the Order of Canada and a recipient of the Governor General’s Award.

McIntosh Gallery

Celestial Tree (2017) Machinimagraph

Upcoming Exhibition: Skawennati: From SkyWorld to Cyberspace
March 21 – April 27, 2019
Opening Reception: Thursday, March 21 | 8PM at the McIntosh Gallery, London (U.W.O)
Artist Talk: Tuesday, March 19 | 4:30PM Room VAC 100

In From SkyWorld to Cyberspace, artist Skawennati (Mohawk, turtle clan) traces a line from our place of origin somewhere in the heavens to the virtual realm, one of the newest territories on Earth. Investigating concepts of time and self, Skawennati engages various mechanisms of gaming and play, interweaving traditional Mohawk stories and ritual objects with new technologies and processes through representations of avatars, most notably her online persona, which she has maintained for over a decade in the virtual world, Second Life. From SkyWorld to Cyberspace is a result of Skawennati’s continuing investigation of cultural construction, contemporary Indigenous self-representation in cyberspace, and of our relationships with the digital world.

 

We Are From Nicodemus (video still), 2017

Upcoming Exhibition: Deanna Bowen: We Are From Nicodemus
March 21 – April 27, 2019
Opening Reception: Thursday, March 21 | 8PM at the McIntosh Gallery, London (U.W.O.)

In We Are From Nicodemus, Deanna Bowen traces threads of her family history as it relates to historical accounts of African American migration from the Midwest to the Canadian Prairies. The installation, first shown at the Royal Ontario Museum as part of The Family Camera exhibition (2017), explores intersections between photography and migration and recovers a history of struggle and emancipation. The video documents Bowen’s first meeting with her cousin, Angela Bates, with whom she connected after finding a photograph of Angela’s grandmother, Elizabeth Risby Williams, during her genealogical research. Through a series of interviews presented in eight episodes, she builds connections with extended family members, recovering stories of her family’s migration from Nicodemus, Kansas to Campsie, Alberta in the early 1900s.

Michael Gibson Gallery

Upcoming Exhibition: Hans Wendt
April 5 – April 27, 2019
Opening Reception: TBD at the Michael Gibson Gallery, London

PEI artist, Hans Wendt’s, most recent work features large and medium-scale photo-realistic watercolour paintings of carefully composed cut, ripped, folded and torn paint samples. Painted trompe l’oeil, the work shifts between photorealism, abstraction, minimalism and conceptual art.

 

Overnight Wisdom (2019), Pencil crayon & gouache on paper, 22” x 30”

Upcoming Exhibition: Jenna Faye Powell: Overnight Wisdom
April 5 – April 27, 2019
Opening Reception: TBD at the Michael Gibson Gallery, London

Jenna Faye Powell explores the role of fiction in our lives by treating perception as a form of artistic composition.

Overnight Wisdom presents survivalist tableau’s, designed to pivot between the world as it is and as it could be. Between the certainty of the status quo and the precariousness of envisioning what part ‘future us’ might play in the sci-fi story of society’s future. Steeped in a dizzying, otherworldly ether, works in this exhibit attempt to reconcile the newness with the familiar — as psychological messages of ‘story not found’ are returned.

 

 

Westland Gallery

Upcoming Exhibition: Erica Dornbusch: Paint and Prose + Book Launch
April 16 – May 4, 2019
VIP Reception: TBD
Contributor Reception: TBD
Book Signing: Saturday, May 4th

The exhibition by the artist Erica Dornbusch, who was born with ocular albinism, features paintings displayed in her new book Paint & Prose, A Way Finder’s Meander. The hardcover art book which was funded by a successful Kickstarter campaign, features a series of new paintings, companion prose & line illustrations. 

As a low vision artist, Dornbusch has been able to observe the world with “more than eyesight alone” which gives her a “rich sense of vision”. The exhibited companion paintings intuitively portray the energy, palette & essence of people & landscapes while evoking sacred stories & a mindful connection to self & setting. 

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