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COLLEGE ART GALLERY 1 PAST EXHIBITIONS

FORMERLY EXIT FIVE: PORTABLE MONUMENTS TO RECENT HISTORY

Sep 17 - Dec 17, 2010
Curated by Shauna McCabe

Formerly Exit Five: Portable Monuments to Recent History features varying artistic responses to the interplay of landscape transition and collective memory internationally. This exhibition and dynamic work provides a backdrop for this artist-community collaboration, a setting to encourage reflection on the changing urban terrain and local landscape of Saskatoon and to introduce creative tools as means of expression and engagement.

While place and history retain currency, contemporary landscapes are defined by increasingly fluid understandings of location, memory, and identity. The modern pervasiveness of what Marc Augé described as the ”non-place” has taken shape not only as processes like urban sprawl and  the erosion of geographic particularities, but increasingly accelerated and condensed cycles through which landscapes are erased and transformed. Undermining traditional bases for the sedimentation of collective meaning and identification, the possibility for indelible markers of memory gives way to temporary reference points or vague terrains with always-dissolving boundaries bearing no trace of the past at all.

We are gearing up for Michael Alstad and Craig Leonard to arrive in Saskatoon as artists in residence. The two artists will be continuing their resesrch and investigations throughout saskatchewan to create new works for the exhibition Formerly Exit Five. In conjunction with the College Art Galleries, Formerly Exit Five is curated by Shauna McCabe and will be opening in the College Art Galleries on September 17th, 2010.  


Artists:

Vahram Aghasyan
Michael Alstad
Cyprien Gaillard
Sarah Graham
Paul Griffin
Isabelle Hayeur
Craig Leonard
Andrew King / Angela Silver

David Rokeby

Denyse Thomasos

 


MEETING POINT

Mar 26 - Aug 14, 2010
Co-produced with The Doris McCarthy Gallery. Curated by Earl Miller

Laura Belem, Janet Cardiff & George Bures Miller, cinemari (Cinthia Marcelle & Marila Dardot, cinemata (Cinthia Marcelle & Tiago Mata Machado), Iain Forsyth & Jane Pollard, General Idea, Anitra Hamilton, Mike Hansen, Chris Hanson & Hendrika Sonnenberg, Micah Lexier, Jennifer Marman & Daniel Boris, Rivane Neuenschwander

Meeting Point presents work by artist-duos, whose collaborations are intrinsic to their practice, or where the concept of pairings generates meaning - art as a site and context for social and political engagement. The exhibition's set parameters are the intimacy of pairing and moments of contact, a considered framework that allows for far-reaching implications. Meeting Point casts light on the ambivalent side of intimacy through a wide range of media and an eclectic group of Canadian and International artists.


KELLY MARK, STUPID HEAVEN

Jan 16 - Mar 6, 2010

Curated by Barbara Fischer

The College Art Galleries in collaboration with Justina M. Barnicke Gallery and the Blackwood Gallery (University of Toronto), presents the first major survey of works by Kelly Mark in Saskatoon. Bringing together key works from the last ten years, the exhibition includes drawing, sculpture, video, performance, and audio work, as well as multiples and recent, television-based projects.

An interest in everyday moments and monotonous activity is mixed in Kelly Marks work with deadpan humour and self-deprecatory purpose. In some of her earliest work, she focused on obsessive collecting and filling time with virtually nonsensical tasks like counting the grains of salt in a salt-shaker. More recently, her focus has shifted away from filling time wither own activity to making her work or her own presence the frame by which to observe the flux of time, of repetition and events, and of ritual endeavor in the world. One series of photographs records the same mannequin in a changing window display over the period of a year; another series documents the multifarious improvisations by which people have managed to attach notes to broken parking meters. In “Hiccup”, a multi-channel video-recorded performance, the artist is seen spending an identical amount of time doing exactly the same thing in the same location over several days, and thereby highlights the constancy of change around her—the weather, the light, traffic, people.