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COLLEGE ART GALLERY 2 PAST EXHIBITIONS

ANIMAL

Oct 7 - Dec 17, 2011
Curated by Corinna Ghaznavi

Organized by Museum London in partnership with the College Art Galleries, Robert McLaughlin Gallery and Dalhousie Art Gallery

Lyndal Osborne Artist Talk: October 6th at noon, Gordon Snelgrove Gallery

Corinna Ghazavi Curator's Talk/Tour: Octover 7th at 8pm

Public Reception: October 7th at 9pm

Representations of animals attempt to inhabit their consciousness, while others document the stark reality of animal survival in a world dominated by the humans. Animal bodies, in plaster, steel and bronze emphasize the very real presence of animals, and bring their living reality into dialogue with imaginative and philosophical considerations.

The Animal of the title refers to material bodies, object, idea, living being, or classification. It incorporates the complex forms that inhabit the world and include all things living, from human animal to bat to mammal. The exhibition features work by artists: Lois Andison, Kenn Bass, Dagmar Dahle, Tom Dean, Rebecca Diederichs, John McEwen, Arnaud Maggs, Lyndal Osborne, Su Rynard and An Whitlock. Together their works invoke systems of categorization and nomenclature, evolutionary theory and extinction, which lead us to consider how thinking around the natural world has formed our relationship to it.

ANIMAL demonstrates the close and yet illusive relations between human and non-human animal, philosophy and material bodies, and between history and contemporary lived experience

 


PETER SMITH | YOU MAY FIND YOURSELF

Apr 12 - Sep 24, 2011

Exhibition dates: May 6 - Sept 23, 2011 |  PUBLIC RECEPTION: TBA

 

Curated by Ann MacDonald

Organized by the Doris McCarthy Gallery in partnership with the College Art Galleries and the Robert McLaughlin Gallery

 

Peter Smith’s much-too-much is the every day. Our familiar consumer society; a deluge of images, sights, sounds, hustle-bustle and debris that make up the whole of our world, the one to which we are accustomed. His artworks, as a result, are densely concentrated and ambitious. In these works you can sense that overwhelming feeling of being in that crowded concert venue, with the noise impossible to block out.  The work is inevitably tied to his struggle with Schizoaffective Disorder, which onset in his late twenties, yet his work was only completed when healthy. His desire to share his reactions to life and impressions of consumerism, industrialism and the rat race inform the built up, layered works. They are equal parts oil painting, sculpture and assemblage, each created layer upon layer, ultimately lending a physical and emotional depth to his metaphors. Created using anything from dollar store purchases to sculpted wood to found objects, the works share his reactions with candid honesty and immediacy. 

 

Peter Smith (b. Toronto, 1959 – 2009) first received art lessons in lieu of rent from an artist who lived above his father’s store. Smith was introduced to contemporary art through his studies at the Ontario College of Art and while working as a preparator at the Ydessa Hendeles Art Foundation in Toronto. Characteristically, he crowds his canvases with information, trying to convey the simple act of simultaneously reading the paper and watching the television as an experience of accelerated time, enabling volumes of information and events to conflate in the past, present and future. In 2004, Peter Smith was awarded Second Prize in Ernst and Young’s Great Canadian Printmaking Competition. Peter Smith is represented by Birch Libralato, Toronto, and his work is in major collections including Osler, Hoskin and Harcourt, and the City of Toronto.

 


JON SASAKI | GOOD INTENTIONS

Jan 14 - Apr 9, 2011
 

ARTIST TALK / TOUR: Jan. 13 at 12 noon

PUBLIC RECEPTION: Jan 14, at 8:00 pm

Curated by Ann MacDonald

Utilizing video, objects, performance and installation, Jon Sasaki’s work takes cynicism, futility and tragedy as starting points, countering the thematic heaviness with dry, comic delivery. Jon investigates an eternal optimism that, while endearing and charming, is filled with the trappings of failure. Given that all things that pass do not end in a result that one might hope for, the inherent possibility for failure becomes an opportunity to find beauty, or to discover a sweetened sense of the human condition. An unfulfilled promise still has its origins in an earnest belief and still delivers the notion of one who tries... really, really hard.

 

Organized by the Doris McCarthy Gallery in partnership with the Kenderdine Art Gallery, Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery, Southern Alberta Art Gallery, MacLaren Art Centre, Dunlop Art Gallery and Prairie Art Gallery.