2019 EXHIBITION ARCHIVES
May 17 to June 9, 2019
With Rewind, Sandy Kunze explores a deep connection to the trees that surround us, and deepens an inspired relationship with her process. For this exhibition, Kunze has embraced a mode of working with materials that is more about exploring, feeling, and sensing than representing a form or making an image. With wood, raw cotton, ink and wax, Kunze enters into a conversation with the trees and the altered landscape, and gives shape to complex ideas about loss, resilience, transformation, and the material evidence of life.
Rewind is both memorial and reincarnation, devotional and document, its works both sombre and tender. Kunze wrote: “I collected lichen on a hike with my sisters. I dried it out and saved it intending to give it to my son. I began to think about the lichen’s need to have the tree for a host and without the trees the lichen would have no one to speak with…a story untold. What other things are affected directly or indirectly? When we incorporate wood into our surroundings it now bears witness to our lives, becoming part of the human conversation. The tree’s story has been transformed, no longer does it speak with its siblings or the rain. My favourite paint brush, also made of wood, has born witness to the application of many tubes of color, but is now retired and ultimately surrendered back to the lichen…I wonder if they are still talking?”
TOPIO DIASCHIZO (LANDSCAPE TRAVERSED)
MARK HOLLIDAY and AARON SIDORENKO
June 14 to July 20, 2019
Mark Holliday and Aaron Sidorenko first met in the halls of Calgary’s infamous Cannery Row building, where each of them maintained an independent studio. Their many conversations and spontaneous critiques of one another’s work developed into a collaborative friendship which has included their recent exploration of painting with encaustics. Holliday has been enthusiastic and prolific in his continued exploration of the medium in his own practice, combining the ancient technique with prints of digital photographs from his own cycling excursions. Sidorenko works most often in oils, but pushes his practice in many directions, all with an intense focus on figuration and portrait work which highlights “not the pretty, but beautiful” details of his subjects.
In Topio Diaschizo Mark Holliday and Aaron Sidorenko present works illustrating their personal relationships with the natural terrain, be it the rolling hills of a cycle route or the intimate topography of our skin. With their use of encaustic oil painting, the artists retrace some very early steps in the long history of people combining pigments with mediums to make them stick to a surface and tell a story, and in doing so, they participate in that history with their own images and their own stories.
STICKS AND STONES
August 22 to September 14, 2019
Inspired by the delicate balance of nature and relationships, Macdonald assembles the raw materials consisting of found, natural and recycled elements.
July 25 - August 17, 2019
Benschop is a multidisciplinary contemporary visual artist, creative writer and poet, and the sole agent and operator of her own growing empire. Her body of work includes found object assemblage & intervention, immersive environments, performative invitations, and works on canvas and paper. With Tender Presence, Lisa Benschop invites the viewer to witness and participate in the current research of her ongoing project The L. S. Benschop Institute for the Preservation & Veneration of Imagination & Nostalgia. Benschop’s work pushes the viewer to (re)consider their own role in viewing art in a gallery.
ROOTED: CONTEMPORARY EXPLORATIONS IN ANALOGUE PHOTOGRAPHY
MICHELLE RAINEY and TEKOA PREDIKA
OCTOBER 4 to NOVEMBER 9, 2019
Today, while modern photographic means thrive, tintype photography has revived as a fine art form in the 21st century. Rainey and Predika’s exhibition allows us to return to the art of photography, viewing a genuine moment that requires several minutes to capture - an exercise in patience and commitment from both the photographer and the subject.
November 15 to December 21, 2019
In Between, Thompson presents a number of paintings and a collection of new works in mixed media. With these newer works she has employed stencils in various, evolving ways, resulting in an evolution of her use of line, negative space, and monochrome composition. The works represent an engagement with ideas and feelings arising from Thompson’s interest in critical theory, mythology, and psychology, and her compassionate curiosity about the complex human experience.