Curated by Ingrid Mary Percy
January 13 to February 15
Transformations: Dale Roberts/Dame Mailarta which is curated by Ingrid Mary Percy brings together the two main streams of Dale Roberts artistic practice: his textile based sculptural work and his performance/mail art embodied by his alter ego, Dame Mailarta. The curator states: Roberts uses knitting, crocheting, painting, sculpture, weaving, collage, performance, assemblage and social engagement to explore ideas of play, home, culture, tradition, religion, identity and sexuality.
Dale Roberts was born in the town of Point Leamington, Notre Dame Bay Newfoundland in 1962. He attended the School of Fine Arts at Grenfell Campus Memorial University in Corner Brook, NL where he was part of the first graduating class in the Visual Arts program in 1992. He completed an MFA at Purchase College, State University of New York in Purchase, NY in 1995. From 1996 – 9 he was an assistant to various artists in New York including Jackie Winsor. From 1999 to the present Dale has lived and worked in Victoria, British Columbia. Since 1997, he has participated in over 70 solo and group exhibitions in Canada and the USA.
Distorts, installation detail, ongoing, textile, each object, approx. 4 1/2 x 7 x 12"
Don Foulds: Metaphorical Figuration
|Egg, 2007, bronze, 11 x 13 x 9”|
Metaphorical Figuration, connects inner spaces, both physical and spiritual, to the natural world. The exhibition is a ten-year survey and comprises bodies of work--though consistent in themes and thought--which are executed in a number of media: wood, cast bronze, cast Aqua Resin, cast paper and clay. The exhibition is a coherent exploration of what it is to be human in nature and the cosmos, a process which looks and connects inward and outward.
Don Foulds is originally from Saskatoon where he worked full time as a sculptor for 15 years before starting to teach at the University of Saskatchewan and run the Gordon Snelgrove Art Gallery. As well, throughout the 1980s and early 1990s he was involved in co-ordinating the Emma Lake Artist Workshops. Currently he is an associate professor at Grenfell Campus, Memorial University, where he has been teaching since 1995. His artworks have been widely exhibited across Canada and internationally and he is represented in many public, corporate and private collections including the Canada Council Art Bank, the Mendel Art Gallery and the MacKenzie Art Gallery. A notable public artwork in St. John’s is the Newfoundland and Labrador Police and Peace Officer’s Memorial (2004) located beside the Confederation Building. The artist is the recipient of several awards and honours. In 2006 he was elected to the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts.
The exhibition opens March 7 and continues until April 6.
Midnight Shell, 2009, Aqua Resin and fiberglass, cast and assembled, steel, 71 x 15 x 12”
North Wind: Fallen, Gust and Movement (a suite of three sculptures), 2012, clay, 22 x 53 x22”
Stream, 2011, clay, 9 x 26 x4”
Please join us in the Atrium of the Fine Arts Building on Saturday, February 9 from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. We will tour the current exhibition, Marie Josée Laframboise: Network Installations which includes a large site-specific wall drawing inspired by the topography of Corner Brook and make our own colourful,, relief memory maps. All materials supplied (except for your painting shirt) and admission is free. For further information, please contact: 637-6209 or visit us on facebook at facebook.com/GrenfellArtGallery.
Marie-Josée Laframboise: Ensembles réticulaires/Network Installations exhibition to open at Grenfell Campus Art Gallery on Thursday, January 10, 4:30 to 6:00 p.m.
Grenfell Campus Art Gallery is pleased to present the work of Quebec-based artist, Marie-Josée Laframboise. The exhibition, Ensembles réticulaires/Network Installations opens on Thursday, January 10, 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. with an artist’s tour of the exhibition at 5:00 p.m. There will also be a public lecture by the artist about her past art projects on Thursday, January 10, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m in the Fine Arts lecture theatre (FA224).
Image: Marie-Josée Laframboise, Circuits (detail), 2009, mixed media installation Photo: Richard-Max Tremblay
We have two great events coming up next week in conjunction with the closing reception for Sense of Place: A Cross-Border Print Survey and Audrey Feltham: Transition/Translocation.
On Thursday, Nov.1, from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m., Iain Baxter will give a public presentation about his work. This will take place in Room 328 of the Arts and Science Building.
Iain Baxter’s highly regarded conceptual installations and environmental projects have earned him the label as the Marshall McLuhan of the visual arts. His artwork embraces photography, installation, sculpture, painting, drawing and performance. Baxter& (the artist legally added the ampersand to his name to reinforce his belief in a collaborative approach to the production of art and the importance of connecting with the viewer) is credited with being one of the first conceptual artists in Canada and a pioneer of photo-conceptualism. Over the decades, Baxter& has explored connections: between artist and audience; between art, commerce and business; and art and the environment.
Iain Baxter has exhibited his work in group and solo exhibitions nationally and internationally since 1956. His works can be found in collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Guggenheim Museum, the Museum of New Art, Detroit, the Vancouver Art Gallery, The Belkin Gallery, the National Gallery of Canada, the Art Gallery of Ontario, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the F.R.A.C. Art Museum in Bretagne, France and the Gemeentemuseum in The Hague, Holland. Baxter& has taught at the University of British Columbia, Emily Carr College of Art and Design, Simon Fraser University, the Alberta College of Art and Design, York University and the University of Windsor. He holds honourary doctorates from University of British Columbia, the University of Windsor, Simon Fraser University, and the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. He is a recipient of the Order of Canada (2003), the Order of Ontario (2004), the Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts (2004), the Order of British Columbia (2007), the Canada Council Molson Prize for the Arts and the Gershon Iskowitz Prize - the latter two both for Lifetime Achievement. His work was the subject of a major retrospective on view at the Art Gallery of Ontario in 2012 and also shown at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago where it was named the critic’s pick by Artforum International. Baxter& received BSc in Zoology from the University of Idaho in 1959 and a MFA in Painting from Washington State University in 1964. He currently resides in Windsor, Ontario. Iain Baxter served as guest curator for the Sense of Place exhibition.
More may be found about his artwork at the interactive archive, Iain Baxter raisonnE: http://archives.library.yorku.ca/iain_baxterand_raisonne/ which was established at York University.
Our closing reception for the exhibitions will take place on Friday, Nov.2, 4:30 to 6:30. In conjunction with the reception, the English Programme and Grenfell Campus Art Gallery are delighted to host a special event beginning at 4:45 in the gallery. Sense of Place is a panel discussion and readings which explore place—the many ways that place may be defined and the many means which evoke place (including memory, landscape, history, people); the relationship between place and the arts; and the role that place plays in creative works. The panel participants are writers Alistair MacLeod, Jessica Grant, Randall Maggs and Lisa Moore and visual artists Iain Baxter and Audrey Feltham.
All are welcome and refreshments will be served.
For both events we acknowledge the support of the Memorial Pilot Program of Funding for Scholarship for the Arts.
For the panel discussion, we are very grateful for the help and support of the University of Windsor, the Windsor Printmaker’s Forum and the Ontario Arts Council.
Alistair McLeod was born in North Battleford, Saskatchewan in 1936 and raised in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. He spends his summers in Inverness County, writing in a cliff top cabin looking west towards Prince Edward Island. His early studies were at the Nova Scotia Teachers’ College, St. Francis Xavier, the University of New Brunswick, and Notre Dame, where he earned his Ph.D. Working alongside W.O. Mitchell, he was an inspiring teacher to generations of writers at the Banff Centre. In the spring of 2000, MacLeod retired from the University of Windsor, Ontario, where he was a professor of English. He has published two internationally acclaimed collections of short stories: The Lost Salt Gift of Blood (1976) and As Birds Bring Forth the Sun (1986).
In 2000, these two books, accompanied by two previously unpublished stories, were brought together in a single-volume edition entitled Island: The Collected Stories of Alistair McLeod. In 1999, MacLeod’s first novel, No Great Mischief, was published to great critical acclaim, and was on national bestseller lists for more than a year. No Great Mischief was the first Canadian novel to win the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. In 2008, he became an Officer of the Order Of Canada. Alistair MacLeod as a guest writer for the Windsor Printmaker’s Forum Sense of Place project wrote an essay “Writing as Art,” published in the Sense of Place catalogue. Alistair MacLeod lives in Windsor.
Since 1999, Audrey Feltham has shown her work in solo and group exhibitions nationally and internationally. Her most recent solo exhibition was held at the Mary E. Black Gallery in Halifax in 2008. Her work is held in many public collections including: the Beaverbrook Art Gallery; National Concert Hall, Dublin, Ireland; and The Rooms Provincial Art Gallery, St. John’s. She is the recipient of several grants and awards including Canada Council Travel Grants and Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council Project grants. The artist holds a B.ED, B.A. and B.F. A. from Memorial University of Newfoundland. She currently lives and works in Deer Lake.
Jessica Grant’s novel, Come thou tortoise, won the 2009 Winterset Award, the Amazon First Novel Award and was named a Globe & Mail Book of the Year. Her short story, My Husband’s Jump won the Journey Prize in 2003. She has also published a short story collection, Making Light of Tragedy. She lives in St. John’s.
Randall Maggs’ collection of poems, Night Work: The Sawchuk Poems won the 2008 Winterset Award, the 2009 E.J. Pratt Poetry Prize, the 2010 Kobzar Literary Award and was a Globe & Mail Best Book (2008). The book was described as ‘a masterpiece’ in The Canadian Book Review in 2011. His poetry has been included in several anthologies including, Poetry Ireland Review. Maggs taught Literature and Creative Writing at Grenfell Campus since the late seventies and has recently retired. He is also an accomplished woodworker. He lives in Steady Brook.
Lisa Moore attended the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. Her books, Open and Alligator were both nominated for the prestigious Giller Prize. Alligator won the 2006 Commonwealth Writer’s Prize Best Book Award (Canada and Caribbean region) and was long listed for the IMPAC Award. February, her most recent novel, was one of 13 long listed works for the Man Booker Award. Much of Moore’s writing uses Newfoundland and her Newfoundland heritage as a backdrop. The writer currently lives in St. John’s.
Printmaking Incorporating Fabric and Intaglio
Devore is a fibre process that involves applying a basic chemical solution to the surface of the fabric in order to etch (remove a layer) fabric to create both transparent and translucent areas on the cloth. In the first section of the workshop, you will learn the technique of Devore etch while the second section of the workshop will focus on laminating the etched fabric to paper and printing an etching plate. The resulting artwork has a surface that is extremely tactile and an etched image which is layered and evocative.
Schedule: Saturday and Sunday, October 13 & 14, 9 am - 4 pm
Instructor: Audrey Feltham
Traditional Japanese Woodblock Printmaking
Traditional Japanese Woodblock printmaking offers technical simplicity, avoids complicated, heavy machinery and dangerous chemicals, is portable, and requires relatively little space. Esthetically, the medium offers a translucent, luminous and vibrant colour. In this two-day workshop, you will design, carve and print a small three-colour woodblock print in an edition of 4.
Day 1: design of images, transfer to blocks and carving, paper preparation for printing
Day 2: complete carving and printing of image, drying image (this will take overnight at least) and discussion of curating prints
Schedule: Saturday and Sunday, October 20 & 21, 9 am - 4:30 pm
Instructor: Charlotte Jones
For further information, please contact Community Education at (709) 637-6208
Three Summer Exhibitions
June 21 to September 8, 2012
Sylvia Bendzsa and Cecil Day: Brigus Residence, Christine Koch: Colours of the Landscape and Minds, Hands, Magic III: Learning through the Arts in Western Newfoundland.
Opening remarks and artists' walkabouts will commence at 5:10.
All are welcome and refreshments will be served.