Limitations and other discontents

Limitations and other discontents
A three-channel video installation by Faye Mullen

Friday 8 July through Saturday 17 September
Special exhibit preview Friday 8 July at 8:00pm

On Hearing performed by the artist
Saturday 10 September at 8:00pm
With an artist’s talk and reception to follow

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Salvage Swell

Salvage Swell
Jarod Charzewski
Opening Reception Saturday 26 May at 7pm

It is our consumer culture that enables Salvage Swell to be produced. The structure takes the form of a wild mushroom and has a double meaning. The term mushroom is used in the English language to emphasize something growing rapidly in size and scope. This growth is parallel to our consumer culture and the many industries that feed it. The speed at which we consume and reproduce materials and goods has long been questionable in regards to our own survival. The materials obtained for this project were provided by Goodwill Industries and represent a small fraction of the unwanted discarded items that are unsold – and therefore labeled as salvage.

There is hope for us yet. Mushrooms are a fungi commonly growing on decaying logs and stumps on forest floors. By this logic, the mushroom portrayed in Salvage Swellbecomes a symbol for re-growth. The recycling industry is catching up to our consuming habits. The question of what to do with our discarded items is now more easily answered than ever before. Unwanted clothing is donated to nonprofit organization like Goodwill Industries and is resold. What does not get purchased, however, used to be deposited in landfill sites by the ton on a daily basis. More and more, these materials are being recycled. Denim is made into home insulation and clothing in general is being made into paper.  What’s more, it was very expensive to discard the unwanted clothing. Now, these many tons of clothing can be surprisingly profitable.

– from the artist’s statement

Four from Six: Four Artists from Six Nations

Tracey Anthony, Jay Carrier, Elliott Doxtater-Wynn,
& Brenda Mitten – Curated by Shelley Niro

PLUS

Takin’ it to the Curb
An installation by Clinton Michael Lown
Plate Glass Gallery

Artist-talk and reception Saturday 28 April 3pm

The exhibition 4 from 6 Four Artists from Six Nations, features the photographs and paintings of Brenda Mitten, Tracey Anthony, Jay Carrier, and Elliott Graham Doxtater Wynn. Artist and curator Shelley Niro has gathered works by these artists which heighten contemporary perspectives emerging from ancestral knowledge and an oppressive social and political history, while seeking to assist in the formation of a positive cultural, social and political future.

Within this circular fabric of this dialogue, Elliott Graham Doxtater-Wynn layers dream-like visions as metaphysical interpretations of contemporary life. Jay Carrier challenges the misconceptions and stereotypes of Native America particularly surrounding the construct of the “urban Indian”. Brenda Mitten‘s photography records the community of Six Nations on an everyday basis. Tracey Anthony explores the visual narratives of archetypal heroes and anti-heroes in order to deconstruct cultural stereotypes.

The Artists in collaboration with the curator have worked to confront and transgress Aboriginal art expectations and have created a conversation that explores and scrutinizes cultural stereotypes related to nostalgic echoes of a more natural landscape and traditional community, visions and dream-states, contemporary and urban Indigenous personas, and the recent political tensions such as that surrounding the Six Nations land claims related to Caledonia and the Haldimand tract. The artists have used unconventional media, individual perspectives, and descriptive imagery to express a vision of both resistance and future possibilities.

  • Tracey Anthony is a visual artist of Iroquoian descent currently living on the Mississauga of the New Credit Reserve and holds a degree in drawing and painting from OCAD.
  • Jay Carrier is a visual artist born on Six Nations to Onondaga/Tuscarora parents, who is currently living in Niagara Falls, New York and holds a BFA from the University of Illinois.
  • Elliott Graham Doxtater-Wynn is a member of Six Nations and a visual artist living and working in Thunder Bay, ON, who holds a BFA from Lakehead University.
  • Brenda Mitten lives in Ohsweken, ON. She is a re-emerging documentary photographer and a member of the Bear Clan of Seneca Nation.
  • Curator Shelley Niro is an independent Curator, filmmaker, visual artist and member of the Mohawk Nation. She graduated from the OCAD with a Diploma of Fine Arts and holds an MFA from UWO.

The Bird is the Word

The Bird is the Word
derek beaulieu • Gregory Betts • bill bissett • Judith Copithorne • kevin mcpherson eckhoff • Marinko Jareb • Travis Kirton • Kelly Mark • Steve McCaffery • a.rawlings • Laurel Woodcock • Hallie Siegel & Matthew Donovan

On display from 9 March – 4 June 2011


Opening Reception Friday 11 March 7pm
Readings beginning at 8pm by
derek beaulieu, bill bissett & Honey Novick,
a.rawlings, and Steve McCaffery with Jeremy Lessard

Musical Performance by Gary Barwin

This exhibit explores the territory where language and visual art intersect through the work of writers and artists. This common (play)ground has been covered by Concrete Poets, Cubists, Dadaists, Futurists, and Surrealists among others. Expanding semantic expression beyond the conventional structures of language includes the exploration of typography as imagery and engages philosophy, semiotics, and political and social commentary. The Bird is the Word will feature poets and visual artists from across Canada delving into the conceptual, spatial, and material presence of the written word. It showcases a multiplicity of media and disciplines including video projection, onsite installation, collage, sculpture, and micrography.

This project is supported by the Grey Borders Reading Series
Laurel Woodcock gratefully acknowledges the support of the Toronto Arts Council

lol

kelly mark + thierry delva

sat 17 july – sat 18 september
reception friday 17 september @ 7pm

St. Catharines-on-the-Parking-Lot – Sometimes staying cool is a frame of mind. The Niagara Artists Centre may not be equipped with the luxury of conditioned air but the current exhibit in the Show Room Gallery helps the mind stay off the heat by featuring no fewer than four kitchen fridges.

This fact is just one of the reasons that lOl is the cool show of 2010. NAC has assembled a collection of work by nationally acclaimed artists Thierry Delva (an instructor at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design) and Kelly Mark (originally from Welland) that highlights their unusual combining of the conceptual and the comedic.

lOl shows these artists ongoing use of humour and satire as way to explore ideas. Full up with fridges, hallmarks of the exhibit are The Kiss by Delva, that positions two fridges running hot and cold against one another and a white kitchen fridge that Mark has covered with a seemingly unending handwritten list of things “I really should…” [do].

“I have always had an intense preoccupation with the differing shades of pathos and humour found in the repetitive mundane tasks, routines and rituals of everyday life,” says Mark.

“It’s a homecoming for Kelly” says Stephen Remus, Minister of Energy, Minds and Resources. “And we’ve brought the two artists together for the way their work responds to each other as well how well it fits with NAC’s own forty year history of witty and satirical art projects and exhibits.”

Delva and Mark will be on hand for an artist talk and a closing night reception on Friday 17 September at 7pm.