Towards an ENCYCLOPEDIA of LOCAL KNOWLEDGE:
Chapter III: The Middle River
Towards an Encyclopedia of Local Knowledge (ELK) is an ongoing collaborative project initiated by St. John’s based artist Pam Hall in 2010. The Encyclopedia of Local Knowledge harvests intangible forms of knowledge and skill through rigorous collaboration and community-based engagement. Chapter III: The Middle River is a collaboration with Mi’Kmaw artist, Jerry Evans, researched in partnership with Miawpukek First Nation (MFN) and the people of Miawpukek/Conne River. The encyclopedia’s intent is making visible the many forms of knowledge possessed by the people and places in and of rural Newfoundland. Traditional understandings of knowledge, position science-based ways of knowing as authoritative and all-encompassing, this collaborative project works to expand, deepen and make visible, other forms of knowing. These forms of knowledge are often locally-based and can make significant contributions to planning sustainable futures for marginalized rural communities in our province.
Chapter 3: The Middle River is based on more than three months of research in Conne River Newfoundland, collecting and recording place-based knowledge by more than 70 collaborators. These pages graphically record and reveal rich locally based understandings of ecology, fishing, food preservation and harvesting, as well as some traditional Mi’Kmaw customs, cultural values and ways of being. This chapter follows on chapters based in communities on the Northern Peninsula, Bonne Bay, Fogo and Change Islands, Newfoundland.
Pam Hall’s practice and work in rural Newfoundland has been ongoing since the late 1980s. Compelled to register the obscured nature of labour she has worked with and around Newfoundland and Labrador knowledge holders, especially in the Fisheries for many years.
Jerry Evans is a senior Mi’Kmaw visual artist, curator, and filmmaker. His work explores his Indigenous heritage through painting, printmaking, and film. The Middle River is his first major collaboration with another artist and represents his ongoing exploration and celebration of Mi’Kmaw and other indigenous experiences in Newfoundland.
Join us Thursday 26 September at 4 pm for a directed discussion featuring artists Pam Hall and Jerry Evans. The discussion will be followed by a reception with light snacks and refreshments. As always, all are welcome.
As a teenager in the 1960's, I was passionate about art. I spent every lunch hour in the school library pouring over art books. None of these books were about or even included women artists. On my own, I discovered Emily Carr and Georgia O'Keefe. What struck me at the time was their passion and determination to make art in what was then an almost totally male-dominated art world. Where did that strength come from? How could I find it in myself?
Tintinnabulation is the lingering sound of a rung bell, soundwaves emanating from a central point washing over the listener.
Each of the twelve pieces presented in Tintinnabulation by west coast artist Shawn O'Hagan, represents a communion with iconic women artists who preceded and influenced her own work. In this series, O'Hagan reflects on respective artists' materials, their palette, and the critical essence of their thought as a radiant centre.
O'Hagan returns to these creative women to pay homage and revisit their powerful influence, asking in the process what they mean now and how they remain relevant to young artists today. She draws on textile techniques such as beading, stitching and embroidery—processes historically associated with the domestic and marginalized labour—mingling them with the language of painting.
Shawn O'Hagan is the 2019 Grenfell Art Gallery artist in residence. She has been based in Newfoundland since 1975. She lives and works on the west coast, dividing her time between her house in Corner Brook and her cabin in the Bay of Islands. She has a BFA from the University of Guelph, a B.Ed in Art from the University of Toronto and an MFA, with a specialization in painting, from the University of Waterloo.
The Queer Mummer
May 25 to August 2
Lucas Morneau, Awww Luhhh, 2017 acrylic merino/nylon blend yarn and Swarovski crystal rhinestones
Blending the historic tradition of mummering with the contemporary art form of drag, Newfoundland artist Lucas Morneau uses his alter-ego The Queer Mummer to revive a cultural practice specific to our province, create space for LGBTQ2+ individuals, and cultivate a complex understanding of gender. Morneau intertwines craft and fine art techniques with recovered histories of performance and queering in our province, challenging homophobic prejudices in the process. With his persona, Morneau underscores the historic connection between drag and mummering as vibrant cultural forms that queer public space.
A Corner Brook-based interdisciplinary artist, Morneau is an alumnus of Memorial University’s School of Fine Arts who received his Master of Fine Arts (Studio Art) from the University of Saskatchewan. In 2016 Morneau was awarded the BMO First Art Award for Newfoundland and Labrador.
Interlud[io]e: Grenfell BFA Visual Arts Graduating Exhibition 2019
April 16 to May 16
Faune Ybarra, 70,012 kilometers and I still have not arrived, 2019 (installation documentation) overturned government forms, travel documents, bank statements, medical test results, painter’s tape, cotton thread, beeswax, and super glue
An interlude—in Spanish interludio—makes space for a break, a brief respite before resuming. Featured artists Marshal Borland, Emily Clark, Charlotte May Hobden, Bailey MacPhee, Donald Tyler Moss, Drew Pardy, Matthew Parsons, Kathryn Emma Shave, Kelsey Street, and Faune Ybarra are asking for, at times even insisting upon, a pause to consider possibilities. They are urging us to consider latent potentials for change and shifting perceptions of self, both individually and in relation to histories, larger systems, and current challenging realities. This annual exhibition offers the opportunity to engage directly with the work of Grenfell students who are graduating and cultivate an understanding of their varied ambitions, concerns, and ideas while providing insights into the future.
THE ISLAND: TUAN ANDREW NGUYEN
Filmed entirely on Pulau Bidong, a one-kilometre square island off the coast of Malaysia, The Island interweaves archival footage with a fictional post-apocalyptic narrative. The last man on earth, who escaped forced relocation from the island, finds a United Nations scientists who has washed ashore after the world’s last nuclear battle. Beginning in 1978 Bidong served as a refugee camp for 250,000 people dispossessed and displaced by the Vietnam War, the artist and his family among them. It became the most densely populated place in the world until the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees closed the camp in 1991. Drawing on the islands past to lyrically examine its future, Tuan's short film questions individual relationships to history, trauma, and displacement.
The Island highlights the challenges of isolation, repercussions of state-enforced relocation, and the fundamental tension between remembering and honouring past trauma while not undermining the possibilities of a distinct future.
Tuan Andrew Nguyen (b. 1976, Sai Gon, Viet Nam) is a graduate of the Fine Arts program at the University of California, Irvine. He received his Masters of Fine Arts from The California Institute of the Arts in 2004. A co-founder and board member of Sàn Art, an artist-initiated exhibition space and educational program in Sai Gon, Viet Nam, Tuan has shown in numerous film festivals and international exhibitions, his work is included in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art, and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. In 2006 he initiated The Propeller Group, a platform for collectivity situated between an art collective and an advertising company. Accolades for the group include the main prize at the 2015 Internationale Kurzfilmtage Winterthur and a Creative Capital award for their video project Television Commercial for Communism. The Propeller Group has been featured in numerous international exhibitions including The Ungovernables (2012 New Museum Triennial), Made In LA (2012 Los Angeles Biennial), Prospect 3 (New Orleans Triennial 2014), and the Venice Biennale 2015.
- Matthew Hills, Curator/Director, Grenfell Art Gallery
Grenfell Art Gallery gratefully acknowledges the support of Grenfell Campus and Memorial University of Newfoundland.
Visiting: Logan MacDonald
November 15 2018 - February 2 2019
Artist Panel: Resurgence and Media: Creative Practices in Indigenous Storytelling
Friday 30 November, 1-2:30 pm Grenfell Art Gallery
Featuring artists Douglas Walbourne-Gough, Logan MacDonald, Meagan Musseau, and Melissa Tremblett in discussion about their diverse practices in relation to the transmission and revitalization of Indigenous stories and experiences.
Visiting Opening and Artist Talk
Friday 30 November, 4:30-7 pm
As always, these event are free and all are welcome!
Visiting reflects and unpacks indigenous/settler identity, pan-indigenous cross-cultural exchange, cultural revival, and queerness. Not to provide answers, but to explore endless possibilities that reflect the diversity of individual experiences. While mediating these experiences through installation, drawing and photography, these works contemplate the dynamics of community and belonging while negotiating access and viewership.
Visiting: Logan MacDonald is presented by Grenfell Art Gallery in collaboration with Identify: A Celebration of Indigenous Arts and Culture and Eastern Edge Artist-Run Centre. In this exhibition MacDonald looks at manipulated landscapes, earthworks, structures and signage established by Indigenous communities as a means to assert property against encroachment. These moments of intimacy and movement draw connections between body and land as both sites of colonization and resilience in queer and Indigenous people.
- Emily Critch, Curator
This is one of the 200 exceptional projects funded through the Canada Council for the Arts' New Chapter program. With this $35M investment, the Council supports the creation and sharing of the arts in communities across Canada.
Sept 27-30, Exhibition Sept 30-Nov 10
Image: Nadège Grebmeier Forget, Esquisse to Follies, 2018-08-06 (23h02)
Nadège Grebmeier Forget, Hazel Meyer, Jerry Ropson, Adrian Stimson
Curated by D’Arcy Wilson and Matthew Hills
SALTBOX 2018 EVENTS SCHEDULE
7 pm: Films from Away Screening of The Square, Grenfell Art Gallery
Grenfell Art Gallery
12:00: Saltbox Panel: A Discussion with SALTBOX Visiting Artists
7 – 8 pm: Opening Reception of SALTBOX
8 pm: something about death or dying, Performance by JERRY ROPSON,
12 pm: Public Lecture, MIREILLE EAGAN, Curator of Contemporary Art, The Rooms Provincial Art Gallery FA 224
3 pm – 6 pm: The Hungry Ghost Follies [Here's to the Girls] Performance by NADÈGE GREBMEIER
FORGET, Grenfell Art Gallery
8 pm: Public Reading by Critical Writer in Residence, AMY FUNG, Swirsky’s
4 pm: Muscle Panic, Performance by HAZEL MEYER, Corner Brook High School, Multipurpose Room, Corner Brook Regional High
7 pm: BISCUIT BOX CABARET!! Grenfell Art Gallery
8:30 pm: You can’t get Blood out of a Stone, Performance by ADRIAN STIMSON
Grenfell Art Gallery is pleased to present Saltbox: Contemporary Arts Festival. Presented in conjunction with a series of generative panels, public forums, and events hosted at Grenfell Art Gallery and the wider Corner Brook area, the festival features leading contemporary performance artists from across the country including Nadège Grebmeier Forget, Hazel Meyer, Jerry Ropson, Adrian Stimson and the inaugural Saltbox writer-in-residence Amy Fung.
The festival’s name, Saltbox, references a form of vernacular architecture commonly associated with Newfoundland, reflecting the festival’s intention to resonate with specificities of place. Curated by D’Arcy Wilson and Matthew Hills, Saltbox draws on regional cultural traditions of Newfoundland such as folk music, storytelling, and theatrical rituals such as mummering, to mine the experimental and speculative potential of performance and contemporary art in a context specific to rural Newfoundland.
In addition to scheduled performances and the associated exhibition, Saltbox will include programming such as Biscuit Box Cabaret for student and community artists, panels addressing issues relevant to visual arts and culture in Newfoundland. During the run of the Saltbox exhibition, Grenfell Art Gallery will serve as a forum for public engagement events in partnership with Visual Artists Newfoundland & Labrador, AIDS Committee of Newfoundland and Labrador, Community Youth Network, and Community Mental Health Initiative.
Saltbox: Contemporary Arts Festival is supported by Memorial University’s Public Engagement Accelerator Fund, the School of Fine Arts, and the Canada Council for the Arts. The Saltbox logo was designed by Chris Friel.
North West River AiR: Six Years of Artist-in-Residence at the Labrador Institute
June 21 - September 21, 2018
Reception Thursday 28 June, 6 pm with an artist talk by Melissa Tremblett
Over the last six years, Grenfell Art Gallery's North West River Artist-in-Residence (AiR) program has hosted artists from across Canada working in a range of creative disciplines, including film, music, writing and visual art. Embedded in the inspiring surroundings of Labrador, the program provides crucial space and time for artists to create. Presented in this exhibition is the work of six artists who have participated in the residency, their shared concerns and the diversity of creativity that has emerged from the experience. The residency has fostered a range of work including a critical engagement with issues as diverse as environmental policy, epistemology, and Indigenous identity in relation to place and land.
Founded in 2012 by past-Director Charlotte Jones in partnership with the Labrador Institute of Memorial University, the residency is hosted at the Institute's North West River Research Station. North West River has been used as a meeting place for 3000 years. The region is culturally and historically rich, inhabited by Innu, Inuit, Metis and settlers. North West River is in close proximity to the Innu community of Sheshatshui and Lake Melville, and the publically accessible programs and projects that participating artists produce as part of their residency often engage with these communities.
In addition to the artists featured in this exhibition Kay Burns, Geoff Butler, Steve Evans, Melissa Tremblett, Anne Troake, and Gerald Vaandering, over the last six years the residency has also included John K Samson, Jordan Bennett and Amy Malbeuf, Karlie King, Eden Robinson, and Janet Langdon and Bruce Pashak.
Grenfell Art Gallery gratefully acknowledges our ongoing partners in the North West River Artist-in-Residence program the Labrador Institute of Memorial University and Artist-in-Residence Sponsor PAL Airlines.
Aftermath: Grenfell BFA Visual Arts Graduating Exhibition 2018
April 14 to May 17
Emily Critch Pearly Everlasting, 2017. Aftermath exhibition documentation. Image: Leah Vokey Sing
This year's edition of the Grenfell School of Fine Arts visual arts graduate exhibition features outstanding works in a wide range of media created by 20 rising young artists. Ranging from investigations of the cosmic to the scientific, their work is focused on issues of community, conversation, and preservation. Incisive and inquiring the body of work produced by the fourth year class of Grenfell trained artists showcases paintings, sculptures, print media, video and installation works.
Featured artists include: Ashley Ball, Ashton Burgess, Emma Burry, Emily Critch, Katie Dicks, Mark Downey, Richard Fleming, Emily Hayes, Ashley Hemmings, Amber Hodder, Tyrone Kelly, Alyssa Leahy, Grey MacDonald, Erica Martin-Keough, Hannah Nott, Jenna Short, Leah Vokey Sing, Erika Stonehouse, Rebecca Walsh and Jacob Williams
An exhibition catalogue is available.
Fragment 47: Nancy Anne McPhee
Eros shook my
Mind like a mountain wind falling on oak trees
- Sappho, Fragment 47, translation Anne Carson (New York: Vintage Books, 2003), 99.
Grenfell Art Gallery is pleased to present Fragment 47. In her 47th fragment, seventh-century-B.C. Greek lyric poet, Sappho compares love to a mountain wind so strong that it shakes oak trees. The majority of Sappho's work has been lost, only fragments of parchment with small pieces of her lyrics survive. The 47th fragment is a small piece of the larger whole that will remain eternally unknown. Nancy Anne McPhee's installation and drawings use light and shadow to create disquieting images. Evocative of loneliness and solitude they are built from subtle tonal variance and single colour.
Nancy Anne McPhee is a multidisciplinary artist originally from Alberta and now based in Hamilton, Ontario. McPhee has a BFA from the University of Victoria, an MFA from Concordia University, and has worked as an instructor at Concordia University and NSCAD University. McPhee has exhibited nationally and internationally.
Grenfell Art Gallery and Nancy Anne McPhee gratefully acknowledge the support of the City of Hamilton's City Enrichment Fund and the Canada Council for the Arts, which last year invested $153 million to bring the arts to Canadians throughout the country.
Grenfell Art Gallery et Nancy Anne McPhee remercie le Conseil des arts du Canada de son soutien. L'an dernier, le Conseil a investi 153 millions de dollars pour mettre de l'art dans la vie des Canadiennes et des Canadiens de tout le pays.
January 25 - March 3
The Healing Art initiative is celebrating six years of enriching the healthcare environments of Corner Brook and surrounding area. In this exhibition, the Grenfell Art Gallery presents the works submitted for 2018 and examples from previous years of the program, featuring the work of:
Aidan Devereaux Alyssa Leahy
Ashley Jennings Bailey McPhee
Charlotte Hobden Kelsie Lundgren
Claire Jean Emily Clark
Emily Critch Emily Hayes
Erika Stonehouse Gregory Maleme
Hannah Nott Jenna Short
Kayla George Leah V. Sing
Leanna Ward Maggie Atkinson
Melissa Taylor Mok Ho Him
Using a variety of approaches and techniques through their works these artists contribute to the visual and emotional experience of healthcare spaces. Through their work, these artists seek to positively enhance the nurturing effects of these environments and in the process raise awareness for mental health.
A collaboration between Western Regional Health and the School of Fine Arts of Grenfell Campus, Memorial University of Newfoundland fostered by Mental Wealth, a locally based non-profit organization, Healing Art places work by Grenfell Fine Arts students in Western Memorial Hospital and other Western Regional Health institutions. The program was recognized by the City of Corner Brook with an Achievement in Community Excellence (ACE) Award in 2015.
Grenfell Art Gallery acknowledges with gratitude the contributions of Diana Chisholm, Charlotte Jones, and Dianne Noseworthy, in addition to the generous support of Western Health NL, Mental Wealth and Grenfell Campus, Memorial University of Newfoundland.
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)