Ursula Johnson: Mi’Kwite’tmn (Do You Remember?)
Sept. 24 to Dec. 12
The exhibition is curated by Robin Metcalfe and organized by Saint Mary’s University Art Gallery in collaboration with Unama’ki College. It is comprised of three components: the Museological Grand Hall; Performative Space; and the Archive Room. The Museological Grand Hall will feature 12 small plinths with plexi caps. The caps are empty but sand-blasted on the side of each plexi cap is a diagram of a traditional Mi’kmaq basket with the various parts of the basket labelled in Mi’kmaq. The Archive Room contains shelving which shows Johnson’s works from the artist’s O’pltek series, baskets/sculptures that defy traditional format all the while produced using traditional Mi’kmaq techniques. These baskets are non-functional; however, each object has a barcode which visitors can scan. A computer terminal displays information relating to that particular object. The information has been culled from responses to previous visitors’ assessment of the purpose of the object. Finally, there is a performative space for the artist who will perform a durational performance over four days which shows the steps in harvesting and processing wood for traditional Mi’kmaq basket-making.
Johnson’s great-grandmother, Caroline Gould, was a noted basket-maker who taught Johnson the process of basket-making. Johnson uses these techniques respectfully but in the context of contemporary art production to raise issues of art/craft/artifact, colonial attitudes towards indigenous art practice and language.
Ursula Johnson received her BFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University in 2006. She has exhibited in group and solo shows across Canada since 2002 and is the recipient of several awards including grants from the Flying Eagle Program, Canada Council for the arts, Nova Scotia Tourism, Culture and Heritage Individual Presentation Grants and an Aboriginal Traditional Visual Art Forms Research Grant, Canada Council. In 2013 She was commissioned by the Canadian Museum for Human Rights to produce Spirit Panel. Johnson is also a curator most notably and recently, curating Kloqowej: a 30-year retrospective of Caroline Gould, for the Mary E. Black Gallery, Halifax. Gould was the artist’s great-grandmother who was celebrated for her baskets and who taught Johnson the art of basket-making. Johnson’s art encompasses installation, performance and sculpture all the while being steeped in the traditional form of basket-making. She currently lives in Eskasoni, Nova Scotia.
We gratefully acknowledge the support of the Government of Canada--Canadian Heritage and Canada Council for the Arts.
Newfoundland and Labrador is a province of storytellers; the oral tradtion runs deep but recently the narrative has featured strongly also in the work of many younger visual artists. 'Narrative NL' is an exhibition explores the phenomenon in paint. The exhibition includes work by Grenfell alumni, John McDonald, Jennifer Barrett, Darren Whelan, Greg Bennett, Grant Boland, Dave Sheppard, Terrence Howell, Michael Gough, Rodney Mercer and Michael Pittman; as well as Micheal Young. The artwork in the exhibition is roughly divided into two approaches: the images of McDonald, Mercer, Whelan, Bennett, Boland and Sheppard rely on literal representation and often the juxtaposition of discordant images while Howell, Barrett, Gough, Pittman and Young's approach is more nuanced and layered and tend towards a psychological narrative. All of the works capitalize on the skill in using the figure and/or draughtsmanship to form the basis of paintings that stage a narrative.
Mike Gough. The Lookout. 2014. Oil and photo collage on canvas.
Many of the artists reference as sources of inspiration contemporary visual culture (comics, graphic novels, film, the plethora of images through the internet and social media), politics, and personal and provincial history. John McDonald's three paintings, for example, are based on stills from the NFB documentary, Waiting for Fidel, the strange quest of two unlikely partners and iconic figures from Newfoundland's fairly recent past. Ultimately unsuccessful, former premier, Joey Smallwood and, businessman, Geoff Stirling set off to meet up with Castro. Mike Gough's narratives revolve around his family's history of Alzheimer's and personal memories.
John McDonald. Joey. 2015. Oil on canvas.
One of the contributing factors to the current prevalence of narrative in painting in Newfoundland and Labrador could be the current strength of the literary arts, the intimate size of the arts community and the opportunity for cross-fertilization. Another factor, of course, is the cumulative effect of having and undergraduate visual arts program in the province. Memorial University's Visual Arts program was established at Grenfell Campus in 1988.
Exhibition runs from Jun. 20 to Sept. 12
Closing Reception: Sept. 10, 4:30 to 6p.m.
XX: BFA Graduating Exhibition
XX is a lively mix of installation, video, painting, drawing, printmaking and photography. The works investigate a variety of issues and ideas around community, reconciliation, motherhood and identity, amongst others.
The sixteen artists in the exhibition are: Megan Brogan (Liverpool, NS), Katie Clarke (Old Shop), Tessa Graham (Warsaw, ON), Samantha Hart, Lydia Kerr (Cape Breton), Lorraine Matthews (Happy Valley/Goose Bay), C.A. Noel (Corner Brook), Samantha Osmond (Port aux Basques), Becca Pike (Corner Brook), Shakira Rose (Corner Brook), Amber-Lynn (Thornlea), Meghan Toope (Bridgewater, NS), Melissa Tremblett (Sheshatshui), Victoria Verge (Corner Brook), Jane Walker (Portugal Cove-St. Philip’s) and Sarah Whiffen (Corner Brook).
The exhibition runs from Apr.16 until May 16.
Clock-wise from top left: Melissa Tremblett, Bearing Witness, Lorraine Matthews, Come as Freinds, Leave as Family, and Sarah Whiffen, one used sofa and text on a wall.
Remix: Visual Arts Faculty & Staff Exhibition will open on Friday, January 9, 4:30 to 6 p.m. at Grenfell Campus Art Gallery. The exhibition continues until January 24.
The exhibition includes the work of 17 artists and will provide an opportunity to view a wide range of approaches to art-making and a diverse group of concepts. For example, Don Foulds is exhibiting glazed ceramic tiles depicting Newfoundland wildflowers while Matthew Hollett will be showing his new book which marries his photographic imagery to his poetry. Likewise, Marlene MacCallum unveils a new bookwork, a collaboration with writer, Jessica Grant. D’Arcy Wilson’s installation consists of a video of her performance at Banff as well as six etchings with silkscreen which contain lullabies for animals—all part of the artist’s continued exploration of the relationship between people and nature.
The Visual Arts program was initiated in 1988 and saw its first graduating class in 1992. Courses include drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking, photography, digital imaging and art history and instruction emphasizes technical proficiency, creative vision and critical thinking. Faculty and staff are practicing professional artists drawn from many regions of the country and beyond and have exhibited nationally and internationally.
Inner Works: North: The People’s Collection and CANADA’S REEL NORTH
Nov. 13 to Dec. 20
Curated by Grenfell grad, Chris Batten, Inner Works: North features works by Indigenous artists from Labrador up to Cape Dorset. Works are drawn from the collections of The Rooms Provincial Art Gallery, Memorial University of Newfoundland and the Provincial Art Bank. The exhibition represents distinct perspectives of traditional and contemporary culture and connections between people and place. The exhibition includes work by Michael Massie, Annie Pootoogok and Pudlo Pudlat.
CANADA’ REEL NORTH is a program of 7 short films curated by imagineNATIVE New Media Festival. The films are created by indigenous artists living in or originally from Northern Canada. The films are: Inuit High Kick (Alethea Arnaquq-Baril, Inuk, Director); Amaqqut Nunaat (The Country of Wolves) (Producer, Louise Flaherty, Inuk); Throat Song (Stacey Aglok MacDonald, Inuk, Producer); Choke (Michelle Latimer, Métis, Director); Similik (Zacharias Kunuk , Inuk, Director); Tungijuq (Tanya Taqaq, Inuk,and Zacharias Kunuk, Inuk, Actors). The program is screened continuously during gallery hours.
Doug Guildford exhibition to open at Grenfell Campus Art Gallery, Thursday, September 25, 4:30 to 6 p.m.
Doug Guildford will be exhibiting Fabricated Evidence at Grenfell Campus Art Gallery from September 25 to November 1. The opening reception will be held on September 25 from 4:30 to 6 p.m. There will be an artist walkabout at 5:15 p.m. The following day, the artist will be working on one of his nets in the gallery from 12 to 1 p.m. Admission is free and all are welcome.
The exhibition will include 10 to 12 of his crocheted ‘nets’, found and crafted sculptural objects and related works on paper. The nets are ongoing projects, never to be completed. For the artist, the nets are: shapeshifters. They riff off, both fishing gear, and the domestic arts. They also emulate marine life and become characters for me to cast in photographic scenarios. The nets and found crafted sculptural objects also comment on the decline of the offshore fishery. Guildford’s works on paper document the minutiae-the rich plant and animal life that inhabit the intertidal zone. Guildford’s practice is both based on the ebb and flow of the intertidal zone and inspired by the life that inhabits this nebulous region. For the artist, this zone symbolizes the uncertainty of life, the fluidity and constant change that is at the core of natural existence.
Since 1988 Doug Guildford has exhibited his work in solo exhibitions across Canada including at St. Mary’s University Art Gallery, the Tom Thomson Art Gallery and the Burnaby Art Gallery. His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally in group exhibitions and can be found in such collections as the Burnaby Art Gallery, Canadian Environmental Law Association and the Greater Toronto Airport Authority. The artist is the recipient of several grants from Canada Council, the Ontario Arts Council and the Toronto Arts Council. He has been invited artist to residencies in both Canada and the United States including St. Michael’s Printshop in St. John’s. The artist divides his time between Ontario and Nova Scotia.
Coalesce, 22nd Annual BFA Exhibition to open at Grenfell Campus Art Gallery
April 17 to May 17
20 artists, 20 distinct voices!
Coalesce is a great survey of traditional and non-traditional art making and includes painting, printmaking, photography, sculpture, installation, video installation, and sound. The exhibition features the work of Allison Adams, Bailey Ball, Danielle Dicks, Stephen Evans, Vivian Healey, Brittney Hollett, Shardi Janes, Megan Keough, Shaylyn King, Emily Martin, Kyra Martin, Neil McLellan, Maria Mercer, Sara Parsons, Robyn Pender, Rebecca Power, Amanda Rumboldt, Courtney Smith, Leighanne Trotter and Rachel Wrice.
Bev Pike: Folly
February 27 to April 5
Pike is known for her large-scale dramatic gouache paintings of landscapes--often formed from bundles of fabric—which are psychologically unsettling. Since graduating from the Alberta College of Art in 1974, Bev Pike has exhibited in exhibitions across Canada including solo exhibitions at the Mackenzie Art Gallery (Regina), St. Mary’s University Art Gallery (Halifax), the Robert McLaughlin Gallery (Oshawa), the Winnipeg Art Gallery and most recently, the School of Art Gallery, University of Manitoba. Her work is included in such public collections as the Mackenzie Art Gallery, Winnipeg Art Gallery, Canada Council Art Bank, the National Library of Canada, the Women’s Library (London, England), the Tate Modern (London, England) and numerous artist-book collections throughout North America and England. She has received grants from Canada Council, the Winnipeg Arts Council and the Manitoba Arts Council. In 2009-2010 she was a mentor at Mentoring Artists for Women’s Art (MAWA) and has been a visiting artist at several universities and galleries including the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, the University of Manitoba School of Art, the Alberta College of Art and Design, and the National Art Library, Victoria and Albert Museum. She was a participant at the Rethinking the Baroque conference at the University of York & Castle Howard, UK. The artist lives and works in Winnipeg.
Bev Pike, Bizzarria—Painshill, 2013, gouache, 8 x 20’
January 13 to February 15
Transformations: Dale Roberts/Dame Mailarta which is curated by Ingrid Mary Percy brings together the two main streams of Dale Roberts artistic practice: his textile based sculptural work and his performance/mail art embodied by his alter ego, Dame Mailarta. The curator states: Roberts uses knitting, crocheting, painting, sculpture, weaving, collage, performance, assemblage and social engagement to explore ideas of play, home, culture, tradition, religion, identity and sexuality.
Dale Roberts was born in the town of Point Leamington, Notre Dame Bay Newfoundland in 1962. He attended the School of Fine Arts at Grenfell Campus Memorial University in Corner Brook, NL where he was part of the first graduating class in the Visual Arts program in 1992. He completed an MFA at Purchase College, State University of New York in Purchase, NY in 1995. From 1996 – 9 he was an assistant to various artists in New York including Jackie Winsor. From 1999 to the present Dale has lived and worked in Victoria, British Columbia. Since 1997, he has participated in over 70 solo and group exhibitions in Canada and the USA.
Distorts, installation detail, ongoing, textile, each object, approx. 4 1/2 x 7 x 12"
Don Foulds: Metaphorical Figuration
|Egg, 2007, bronze, 11 x 13 x 9”|
Metaphorical Figuration, connects inner spaces, both physical and spiritual, to the natural world. The exhibition is a ten-year survey and comprises bodies of work--though consistent in themes and thought--which are executed in a number of media: wood, cast bronze, cast Aqua Resin, cast paper and clay. The exhibition is a coherent exploration of what it is to be human in nature and the cosmos, a process which looks and connects inward and outward.
Don Foulds is originally from Saskatoon where he worked full time as a sculptor for 15 years before starting to teach at the University of Saskatchewan and run the Gordon Snelgrove Art Gallery. As well, throughout the 1980s and early 1990s he was involved in co-ordinating the Emma Lake Artist Workshops. Currently he is an associate professor at Grenfell Campus, Memorial University, where he has been teaching since 1995. His artworks have been widely exhibited across Canada and internationally and he is represented in many public, corporate and private collections including the Canada Council Art Bank, the Mendel Art Gallery and the MacKenzie Art Gallery. A notable public artwork in St. John’s is the Newfoundland and Labrador Police and Peace Officer’s Memorial (2004) located beside the Confederation Building. The artist is the recipient of several awards and honours. In 2006 he was elected to the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts.
The exhibition opens March 7 and continues until April 6.
Midnight Shell, 2009, Aqua Resin and fiberglass, cast and assembled, steel, 71 x 15 x 12”
North Wind: Fallen, Gust and Movement (a suite of three sculptures), 2012, clay, 22 x 53 x22”
Stream, 2011, clay, 9 x 26 x4”
Please join us in the Atrium of the Fine Arts Building on Saturday, February 9 from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. We will tour the current exhibition, Marie Josée Laframboise: Network Installations which includes a large site-specific wall drawing inspired by the topography of Corner Brook and make our own colourful,, relief memory maps. All materials supplied (except for your painting shirt) and admission is free. For further information, please contact: 637-6209 or visit us on facebook at facebook.com/GrenfellArtGallery.
Marie-Josée Laframboise: Ensembles réticulaires/Network Installations exhibition to open at Grenfell Campus Art Gallery on Thursday, January 10, 4:30 to 6:00 p.m.
Grenfell Campus Art Gallery is pleased to present the work of Quebec-based artist, Marie-Josée Laframboise. The exhibition, Ensembles réticulaires/Network Installations opens on Thursday, January 10, 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. with an artist’s tour of the exhibition at 5:00 p.m. There will also be a public lecture by the artist about her past art projects on Thursday, January 10, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m in the Fine Arts lecture theatre (FA224).
Image: Marie-Josée Laframboise, Circuits (detail), 2009, mixed media installation Photo: Richard-Max Tremblay
We have two great events coming up next week in conjunction with the closing reception for Sense of Place: A Cross-Border Print Survey and Audrey Feltham: Transition/Translocation.
On Thursday, Nov.1, from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m., Iain Baxter will give a public presentation about his work. This will take place in Room 328 of the Arts and Science Building.
Iain Baxter’s highly regarded conceptual installations and environmental projects have earned him the label as the Marshall McLuhan of the visual arts. His artwork embraces photography, installation, sculpture, painting, drawing and performance. Baxter& (the artist legally added the ampersand to his name to reinforce his belief in a collaborative approach to the production of art and the importance of connecting with the viewer) is credited with being one of the first conceptual artists in Canada and a pioneer of photo-conceptualism. Over the decades, Baxter& has explored connections: between artist and audience; between art, commerce and business; and art and the environment.
Iain Baxter has exhibited his work in group and solo exhibitions nationally and internationally since 1956. His works can be found in collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Guggenheim Museum, the Museum of New Art, Detroit, the Vancouver Art Gallery, The Belkin Gallery, the National Gallery of Canada, the Art Gallery of Ontario, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the F.R.A.C. Art Museum in Bretagne, France and the Gemeentemuseum in The Hague, Holland. Baxter& has taught at the University of British Columbia, Emily Carr College of Art and Design, Simon Fraser University, the Alberta College of Art and Design, York University and the University of Windsor. He holds honourary doctorates from University of British Columbia, the University of Windsor, Simon Fraser University, and the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. He is a recipient of the Order of Canada (2003), the Order of Ontario (2004), the Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts (2004), the Order of British Columbia (2007), the Canada Council Molson Prize for the Arts and the Gershon Iskowitz Prize - the latter two both for Lifetime Achievement. His work was the subject of a major retrospective on view at the Art Gallery of Ontario in 2012 and also shown at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago where it was named the critic’s pick by Artforum International. Baxter& received BSc in Zoology from the University of Idaho in 1959 and a MFA in Painting from Washington State University in 1964. He currently resides in Windsor, Ontario. Iain Baxter served as guest curator for the Sense of Place exhibition.
More may be found about his artwork at the interactive archive, Iain Baxter raisonnE: http://archives.library.yorku.ca/iain_baxterand_raisonne/ which was established at York University.
Our closing reception for the exhibitions will take place on Friday, Nov.2, 4:30 to 6:30. In conjunction with the reception, the English Programme and Grenfell Campus Art Gallery are delighted to host a special event beginning at 4:45 in the gallery. Sense of Place is a panel discussion and readings which explore place—the many ways that place may be defined and the many means which evoke place (including memory, landscape, history, people); the relationship between place and the arts; and the role that place plays in creative works. The panel participants are writers Alistair MacLeod, Jessica Grant, Randall Maggs and Lisa Moore and visual artists Iain Baxter and Audrey Feltham.
All are welcome and refreshments will be served.
For both events we acknowledge the support of the Memorial Pilot Program of Funding for Scholarship for the Arts.
For the panel discussion, we are very grateful for the help and support of the University of Windsor, the Windsor Printmaker’s Forum and the Ontario Arts Council.
Alistair McLeod was born in North Battleford, Saskatchewan in 1936 and raised in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. He spends his summers in Inverness County, writing in a cliff top cabin looking west towards Prince Edward Island. His early studies were at the Nova Scotia Teachers’ College, St. Francis Xavier, the University of New Brunswick, and Notre Dame, where he earned his Ph.D. Working alongside W.O. Mitchell, he was an inspiring teacher to generations of writers at the Banff Centre. In the spring of 2000, MacLeod retired from the University of Windsor, Ontario, where he was a professor of English. He has published two internationally acclaimed collections of short stories: The Lost Salt Gift of Blood (1976) and As Birds Bring Forth the Sun (1986).
In 2000, these two books, accompanied by two previously unpublished stories, were brought together in a single-volume edition entitled Island: The Collected Stories of Alistair McLeod. In 1999, MacLeod’s first novel, No Great Mischief, was published to great critical acclaim, and was on national bestseller lists for more than a year. No Great Mischief was the first Canadian novel to win the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. In 2008, he became an Officer of the Order Of Canada. Alistair MacLeod as a guest writer for the Windsor Printmaker’s Forum Sense of Place project wrote an essay “Writing as Art,” published in the Sense of Place catalogue. Alistair MacLeod lives in Windsor.
Since 1999, Audrey Feltham has shown her work in solo and group exhibitions nationally and internationally. Her most recent solo exhibition was held at the Mary E. Black Gallery in Halifax in 2008. Her work is held in many public collections including: the Beaverbrook Art Gallery; National Concert Hall, Dublin, Ireland; and The Rooms Provincial Art Gallery, St. John’s. She is the recipient of several grants and awards including Canada Council Travel Grants and Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council Project grants. The artist holds a B.ED, B.A. and B.F. A. from Memorial University of Newfoundland. She currently lives and works in Deer Lake.
Jessica Grant’s novel, Come thou tortoise, won the 2009 Winterset Award, the Amazon First Novel Award and was named a Globe & Mail Book of the Year. Her short story, My Husband’s Jump won the Journey Prize in 2003. She has also published a short story collection, Making Light of Tragedy. She lives in St. John’s.
Randall Maggs’ collection of poems, Night Work: The Sawchuk Poems won the 2008 Winterset Award, the 2009 E.J. Pratt Poetry Prize, the 2010 Kobzar Literary Award and was a Globe & Mail Best Book (2008). The book was described as ‘a masterpiece’ in The Canadian Book Review in 2011. His poetry has been included in several anthologies including, Poetry Ireland Review. Maggs taught Literature and Creative Writing at Grenfell Campus since the late seventies and has recently retired. He is also an accomplished woodworker. He lives in Steady Brook.
Lisa Moore attended the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. Her books, Open and Alligator were both nominated for the prestigious Giller Prize. Alligator won the 2006 Commonwealth Writer’s Prize Best Book Award (Canada and Caribbean region) and was long listed for the IMPAC Award. February, her most recent novel, was one of 13 long listed works for the Man Booker Award. Much of Moore’s writing uses Newfoundland and her Newfoundland heritage as a backdrop. The writer currently lives in St. John’s.
Printmaking Incorporating Fabric and Intaglio
Devore is a fibre process that involves applying a basic chemical solution to the surface of the fabric in order to etch (remove a layer) fabric to create both transparent and translucent areas on the cloth. In the first section of the workshop, you will learn the technique of Devore etch while the second section of the workshop will focus on laminating the etched fabric to paper and printing an etching plate. The resulting artwork has a surface that is extremely tactile and an etched image which is layered and evocative.
Schedule: Saturday and Sunday, October 13 & 14, 9 am - 4 pm
Instructor: Audrey Feltham
Traditional Japanese Woodblock Printmaking
Traditional Japanese Woodblock printmaking offers technical simplicity, avoids complicated, heavy machinery and dangerous chemicals, is portable, and requires relatively little space. Esthetically, the medium offers a translucent, luminous and vibrant colour. In this two-day workshop, you will design, carve and print a small three-colour woodblock print in an edition of 4.
Day 1: design of images, transfer to blocks and carving, paper preparation for printing
Day 2: complete carving and printing of image, drying image (this will take overnight at least) and discussion of curating prints
Schedule: Saturday and Sunday, October 20 & 21, 9 am - 4:30 pm
Instructor: Charlotte Jones
For further information, please contact Community Education at (709) 637-6208
Three Summer Exhibitions
June 21 to September 8, 2012
Sylvia Bendzsa and Cecil Day: Brigus Residence, Christine Koch: Colours of the Landscape and Minds, Hands, Magic III: Learning through the Arts in Western Newfoundland.
Opening remarks and artists' walkabouts will commence at 5:10.
All are welcome and refreshments will be served.