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Summer exhibitions at Grenfell Campus Art Gallery: 

Barb Daniell: Plexus

Jordan Bennett: Guidelines: The Basket Ladies

 In the main gallery, we will be featuring the work of Barb Daniell. The title of the exhibition, Plexus,  refers to “an interwoven combination of parts or elements in a structure of system. In her exhibition Barb Daniell explores how elements found in the natural world form a living, interconnected vocabulary. The artist refers to the elements (spores, plankton, diatoms and roots) in her sculptural installation as contemporary hieroglyphics and invites the viewers to ‘read’ while they walk along the installation as vocabulary derived from the natural world. The artist will continue to add to the installation throughout the summer.

Barb Daniell is a visual artist living and working in Woody Point. She came to the west coast of Newfoundland from Toronto in 1999 through The Rooms/Parks Canada's Gros Morne artist residency program, and in 2000 moved to Woody Point permanently. The artist graduated from the Ontario College of Art and Design and was on faculty there from 1988 to 1999. Her work may be found in such collections as the Canada Council Art Bank and The Rooms Provincial Art Gallery. She is the recipient of a number of awards from the Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council. Her work is based on the natural environment in and around Gros Morne.



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                                 Barb Daniell, Spores, 2012, mixed media, ea. spore, approx. 8"
                                 diametre
 
In the media room we will be screening on a continuous basis, a short film by Jordan Bennett,  Guidelines: The Basket Ladies. This work is the inaugural commission of the imagineNATIVE/NIFCO partnership and is one of three short films commissioned from Atlantic Canada by imagineNATIVE for its 2013 film and new media festival in Toronto. Bennett, originally from Stephenville Crossing and of Mi’kmaq ancestry, looks at connections between traditional culture and contemporary context. The artist is a multi-disciplinary visual artist whose work has been shown at the Museum of Art and Design in New York, the Power Plant in Toronto and the Vancouver Art Gallery. His is the recipient of many awards and grants including the Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council Artist of the Year Award in 2014, the Hnatyshyn Foundation: Charles Pachter Prize for Emerging Artists in 2012 and a Canada Council Project Grant. Bennett received a BFA from Grenfell Campus, Memorial University in 2008.
 
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                                        Jordan Bennett, still from Guidelines: The Basket Ladies, 2013, video,
                                running time, approx. 5 min. 
 

We will also be exhibiting a small selection of paintings by Percy Pieroway (1917 to 2009) from a recent major donation of his artwork by his family. A folk artist, his work was featured in Maclean's in 1980. His art has toured the region and in 1995 he was one of the select few Newfoundland and Labrador artists chosen to have their paintings tour Ireland. In addition, Pieroway had two solo exhibitions at Grenfell Campus Art Gallery. The donation consists of 24 paintings from his Humber Series which were painted between 1978 and 1991. The works are full of whimsy, humour and charm but also serve to document the transformation of our region over that timespan. Percy Pieroway left a strong legacy through his numerous efforts on behalf of the Stephenville community. His projects ranged from recreation to art to community development. Percy Pieroway was a founding member of the Bay St. George Artist Association.

The exhibitions open on Sat., June 28th and continue until Sept.13. There will be a closing reception on Thurs., Sept. 11 from 4:30 to 6 p.m.

 


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