Two new exhibitions to open at Grenfell Campus Art Gallery, Thursday, November 14, 4:30 to 6 p.m., with a performance by artist, Jerry Ropson, at 5:00 p.m.
Marlene MacCallum: Strangely Familiar is a community-based photography project which will be created in the public view. MacCallum has been working with residents of Townsite where she has been photographing over the last ten years and Strangely Familiar has evolved out of that collaboration. For five consecutive Saturdays beginning November 9 at 12:00 p.m. the artist will meet with six community members to whom she will give a pinhole camera and discuss the project. The participants will use their camera to photograph an aspect of their living space and return the camera and negative to MacCallum by Monday morning. The artist will develop the photograph and respond to it with an image that draws on her own personal space. The final work will integrate these two images into one digital print which will be displayed in the gallery. In essence the artist will build the exhibition over a period of five weeks. Marlene MacCallum will be working in the gallery, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 12 to 5 p.m. Please feel free to drop by.
If you are interested in participating in the project, please contact Charlotte Jones, 637-6209, firstname.lastname@example.org. There will be a closing reception for the project on Wednesday, December 18, 4:30 to 6 p.m.
Jerry Ropson’s, we are here is a site-specific installation which includes memorabilia from alumna of the Visual Arts Program at Grenfell, selections from the BFA Collection and Ropson’s own drawings. Over the last year, Ropson has sought out graduates of the program for memorable stories and photographs of their time at Grenfell. Ropson’s exhibition and performance which mix together fact and fiction weave together aspects of personal history and shared experience of graduates from the Program which is celebrating its 25th year since its inception.
The opening reception runs from 4:30 to 6 p.m. with Jerry Ropson’s performance at 5:00 p.m. Refreshments will be served and all are welcome.