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COLLEGE ART GALLERY 2 PAST EXHIBITIONS

DAVID R. HARPER: ENTRE LE CHIEN ET LE LOUP

Sep 26 - Dec 21, 2013
Co-curated by Crystal Mowry, Ann MacDonald and Kent Archer


Entre le chien et le loup is a multi-layered expression used to describe a specific time of day, just before night, when the light is so dim one cannot distinguish a dog from a wolf. It expresses an uncertain threshold between hope and fear, between the familiar and comfortable and the unknown and dangerous. David R. Harper is interested in the form and idea of memorials, those markers that formalize links between memory and present experience. Using sculptural strategies which combine taxidermy with ceramics and embroidery, Harper refers to modes of craft and ornament that suggest a sense of history. In works such as I Tried, I Tried, I Tried, Harper invokes Jacques-Louis David’s struggle to portray a resistant subject through the latter artist’s depiction of Napoleon. Using a reproduction of David’s Napoleon Crossing the Alps, Harper has embroidered the form of the rearing horse – a popular motif in military statuary – as a black and white gradient. Achieving this transition in colour requires mastery only achievable through repetition. This work is one of many where the depiction of a subject in transition allows the artist to speak of the intersections of personal and universal mythologies, liminality and identity.       

 - Crystal Mowry

    

 


:::ZIP THE BRIGHT::: AN EXHIBITION OF ANIMATED GIFS

May 28 - Aug 30, 2013
Curated by Lorna Mills

Sara Ludy

Lorna Mills

Nicolas Sassoon

Rick Silva

 

The popularity of animated GIFs has exploded thanks to the availability of free online software and the launch of social platforms willing to host not just the file format, but large file sizes.

Artists working with the medium have experienced these shifts firsthand, and they’ve responded by constructing GIFs with ever more complexity and virtuosity. :::Zip the Bright::: is an exhibition that intends to highlight these advancements, bringing together skilled artists who are part of a growing online community working with the format. Curated by artist Lorna Mills, the exhibition includes Mills, Sara Ludy, Nicolas Sassoon, and Rick Silva, and presents a smattering of work loosely connected by formalism.

-Paddy Johnson

 

 

 


JANET WERNER: ANOTHER PERFECT DAY

Feb 7 - May 4, 2013
Curated by Kent Archer

 

Organized by the Kenderdine Art Gallery/College Art Galleries

In Janet Werner’s paintings location and physical exaggeration of the figure have become more significant as scenery and amplified characters are dropped or transplanted into the impossible visual plethora of 20 and 21st century visual pop culture. Werner has a specific idea of how she wants her paintings to be construed and how figures dwell in them. She continues to fictionalize time, place and memory as her subjects are invented, adapted, distorted and localized in these new contexts and the drama that Werner has created.

A panel discussion, Dreaming Painting, with artists Mélanie RocanJanet WernerAllyson Glenn and Tammy Salzl, moderated by Mendel Associate Curator Sandra Fraser will take place on April 13th, 2013 at 2pm. This will take place at the Mendel Art Gallery Auditorium.