Summer exhibitions at Grenfell Campus Art
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.
Barb Daniell, Spores, 2012, mixed media, ea. spore, approx. 8"
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.
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.