Kailey Bryan: nervous whether
September 28 to October 28
The principal work, Wringing, in nervous whether consists of 180 yards of hand-woven wool and a video projection. The exhibition also includes preparatory drawings and recent work. Visitors encounter a large-scale, hand-woven suspended environment which the viewer enters to discover sound and video. Weaving becomes a record of time in a tangible way, documenting the repetitive acts of the artist while exploring ideas of social spaces, personal ritual and anxiety. The exhibition was organized by The Rooms Provincial Art Gallery.
Kailey Bryan Kailey Bryan, based in St. John's, is an emerging artist whose practice combines craft traditions and performance. Bryan received a BFA with Honours from York University in 2010. In the Fall of 2015, the artist completed the Elbow Room Residency which resulted in a solo exhibition, nervous whether, at The Rooms Provincial Art Gallery in 2016. Other solo exhibitions include the Whippersnapper Gallery, XPACE Gallery Toronto ON, and Eastern Edge Gallery in St. John's, NL. Bryan's work has been included in group exhibitions nationally and internationally including at Warehouse 9 in Copenhagen Denmark, Le Petit Versailles in New York City, and the Queer City Film Festival in Regina, Saskatchewan. The artist is the recipient of grants from Canada Council for the Arts, Arts NL, the City of St. John's, and in 2014 was awarded the VANL CARFAC Excellence in Visual Arts: Emerging Artist Award.
We gratefully acknowledge the support of Canada Council for the Arts.
Sightlines: BFA Graduating Exhibition
Sightlines: BFA Visual Arts Graduating Exhibition is the 25th graduating exhibition since the Visual Arts Program in the School of Fine Arts was established in 1988.
The fifteen artists in the exhibition are: Kyle Au, Dylan Bailey, Alice Bessoni, Lauren Brinson, Maria Fillatre, April Fowlow, Amanda Gosse, Brian Halbot-Park, Sandra Baikie, Amber Hynes, Sabrina Legge, Kristen Thornhill, Nina Van Niekerk, Megan Wells and Olivia Wong.
Sightlines is a lively mix of multimedia, painting, photography, installation, sculpture and video works and explores such diverse themes as family, fantasy, Indigenous identity and environmental concerns.
The exhibition continues until May 20. Regular Gallery hours are: Tues. to Fri., 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sat., 12 to 4 p.m.
Architecture and National Identity: The Centennial Projects 50 Years on, Mar.3 to Apr.1
Architecture and National Identity: The Centennial Projects 50 Years on is a multimedia exhibition curated by Marco Polo and Colin Ripley, both faculty at the School of Architectural Science at Ryerson University, Toronto. The exhibition looks at two major Canadian building programs that were developed by the Centennial Commission in the run-up to Canada's Centennial: the Centennial Grants Program, focusing on buildings for culture or recreation; and the Confederation Memorial Program which helped fund a major building project primarily for cultural institutions in each of the provinces and territories. The curators see the buildings as the outcome of the Massey Report's recommendations in the 50s which saw federal support for arts and culture as a means of creating a strong Canadian national identity. Architectural drawings, models, photographs, information panels and Centennial memorabilia comprise the bulk of the exhibition. It is a fascinating look at Canada of 50 years ago and is jumping-off point for us to reflect on how our country has evolved since then.
In conjunction with the exhibition, Architecture and National Identity: The Centennial Projects 50 Years On and in recognition of Canada's 150th year of confederation, a day-long interdisciplinary conference looking at issues arising from the concept of Canadian national identity will be held on Saturday, March.4.
Admission to all events is free.
We gratefully acknowledge the support of Memorial University Scholarship in the Arts and the Government of Canada.
Drawn from the Years: A Kent Jones Retrospective
Grenfell Campus Art Gallery will be exhibiting a retrospective of the work of Kent Jones who recently retired from 27 years of teaching in the Visual Arts Program at Grenfell Campus from January 12 to February 18, 2017. T
The exhibition, curated by Gloria Hickey, includes mixed media painting, drawing and 'motion images' as well as a survey of the artist's work in printmaking. The span of the print retrospective is from 1971 to 1998, the last year the artist worked in print media.
The curator states: The goal of the exhibition is… to strategically summarize through a select number of works the career of an award-winning figure who has been influential in Canadian art through his extensive studio practice and twenty-seven years of teaching at the Grenfell Campus, Memorial University of Newfoundland in the Department of Visual Arts.
A consistent thread running through the artist's work both in print, painting, drawing and film is that of the psychological narrative. Many are inspired by poetry—for example, Science: The Railway Children is a response to the poem by Seamus Heaney. To underscore this, the exhibition will include a number of non-fiction stories written by the artist over the last two years.
Kent Jones lives and works in Corner Brook, Newfoundland, and has recently retired as Professor of Visual Arts at Grenfell Campus, Memorial University of Newfoundland. The artist received his BA in Visual Arts from the University of California in 1972, and his Higher Diploma in Fine Arts (HDFA) from the Slade School of Fine Art in London, England in 1974. Jones has had more than 50 solo exhibitions worldwide, showing in venues such as St. Patrick's Centre in Downpatrick, Northern Ireland, The Butler Institute of American Art in Youngstown, Ohio, the Mulvane Art Museum in Topeka, Kansas, the Curwen Gallery in London, England, and the Leyton Gallery in St. John's, NL. He has also been a part of over 100 group and juried exhibitions worldwide, in venues such as Tama University Art Gallery in Japan, the Barbican Centre and the Whitechapel Gallery in London England, and the Beijing Central Institute of Fine Art in China. His work is in the possession of over 90 international, public, educational and corporate collections, including the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, England, the Irish Museum of Modern Art in Dublin, The Butler Institute of American Art, and the Emily Carr College of Art and Design in Vancouver, Canada. He is the recipient of numerous awards and bursaries including awards in painting and print competitions, artist grants, and research fellowships. He has received these awards from The Canada Council for the Arts, The Arts Council of Great Britain, The Arts Council of Northern Ireland, as well as various universities and printshops in Canada, Britain, Ireland, and Northern Ireland. In September 2015, he received a lifetime achievement award by Visual Arts Newfoundland and Labrador/CARFAC for his substantial contribution to visual culture in Newfoundland and Labrador.
Gee Sizzle, 1984, lithograph, 19 3/4 x 20 1/2" (photograph: Mandy Keeping)