Category Archives: State of the Art

At the Front Door

Entrance Gallery

Ronald Bloore’s mural White on White is reinstalled in the Entrance Gallery following extensive conservation treatment. It joins Eleanor King’s mural Emerald (Cradled in the Waves) and Paul Griffin’s tree trunk Leviathan.

 

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Ronald Bloore
In 1965, painter Ronald Bloore offered to create a custom mural for the newly built Confederation Centre of the Arts. The mural was completed in 1967 and is comprised of 11 Masonite panels with layers of white oil paint ranging from cool to warm whites, flat to glossy finishes, and smooth to highly textured surfaces. The varying tones and textures, coupled with the changing outside light, create a mural that Bloore felt would “always be alive and moving.”

The conservation of the mural was carried out in 2018. Cracks and losses were consolidated; spot testing was conducted to formulate an appropriate cleaning solution, and areas that could not be safely cleaned were coated with an archival resin and inpainted to match the colour and gloss of the surrounding original paint.

The mural was reinstalled in May 2019 and once again it interacts with the architecture and light, “reflecting something of the outside into the interior.” The changing, raking light provided by the skylight throws Bloore’s welt-like lines and textured planes into sharp relief, presenting White on White in its best light.

Eleanor King
Eleanor King’s monumental wall paintings combine various visual sources and rhetorics. Derived initially from Google satellite views, their subject is how we relate to the land, to its occupation, use and history, how we control, survey and understand the patterns on its surface. With Emerald, she translates the site of rural Prince Edward Island into a hard-edged abstract painting. King’s choice of paint colours is based both on aesthetic decisions and their brand titles, which allude to the commodification of culture, and the historical and political realities that underlie how we visualize the land.

Paul Griffin
The conceptual and physical challenge of Leviathan was to combine a natural element, a large, heavy, forked, elm trunk, with an industrial material—specifically galvanized roofing nails—to create what the artist described as “a hybrid of a sort; an organic machine.” The title, Leviathan, came on completion of the work and alludes to the fearsome sea creature mentioned in the Bible (Job 41). Can a galvanized tree embody both the beauty of nature.

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First You See It Then You Don’t

Split Images: Truth and Fiction

 

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Real and invented worlds clash or coexist in this selection of works from the collection.
Curated by Pan Wendt.

 

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Mapping Your Own World

Shuvinai Ashoona is best known for her highly personal and imaginative drawings, with imagery ranging from monstrous and fantastical visions to closely observed naturalistic scenes of her Inuit culture and home community at Kinngait, Nunavut.

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Opening June 8 at the Confederation Centre Art Gallery (CCAG), the exhibition Mapping Worlds features pencil crayon and ink drawings produced by the artist over the past two decades. Living in Kinngait on the southern tip of Baffin Island, Ashoona is part of Canada’s Inuit culture. She is best known for her highly personal and imaginative iconography, with imagery ranging from closely observed naturalistic scenes of her Arctic home, to monstrous and fantastical visions.

“This rich survey of Shuvinai Ashoona’s works will allow audiences to encounter a fascinating and unique world view by an award-winning contemporary artist,” says CCAG Director, Kevin Rice.

 “I also want to invite the public to a sneak preview of the exhibition with curator, Dr. Nancy Campbell, onFriday June 7 at 2 p.m. It will be an informal opportunity for Campbell to tour visitors through the exhibition while she is here for the installation.”

The artist’s work imagines the past and present fused into a prophetic future such as human-animal hybrid creatures, women birthing worlds, and mystical or other-worldly landscapes clearly inspired by the terrain of her northern home. Opposite to dystopic, Shuvinai’s brightly coloured drawings teem with life; and while her community occasionally clashes with the artist’s creatures, they often peacefully co-exist.

Today, TV series like The Walking Dead stimulate our fears of the unknown, the monstrous and the ‘other’ in a manner that risks increasing our xenophobia and provoking violence. Ashoona’s work speaks to these current anxieties, yet her artwork does not depict humans in opposition to the otherworldly. By appropriating images from her fascination with horror films, comic books and TV, Ashoona merges different imagery with everyday narratives to redraw the map of the boundaries between reality and fantasy, past and future.

The exhibition is curated by Nancy Campbell and Justine Kohleal and organized and circulated by The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery, Toronto. Sponsored by TD Bank Group and supported by major donors The Schreiber Sisters and Anonymous, the Canada Council for the Art and the Ontario Arts Council.

 

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Getting Up to Speed

Fast Forward

This exhibition of short videos presents imaginings of the near future. The works share
both fantastic and troubling outlooks while exploring historical contexts and
technological shifts to better understand our current trajectory.

 

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Fast Forward is an exhibition of short videos that present imaginings of the future. Featuring works by six artists and filmmakers from across Eastern Canada, the works in Fast Forward use the durational and narrative mediums of film and video to project the artists’ own fantasies, speculations, and observations about their environments, offering insight into human existence.

The works investigate troubling and relevant current issues—political views are increasingly divisive, economic sectors prioritize profits before people, and the climate crisis continues to loom—while offering outlooks that range from bleak to hopeful. In the direst of outcomes presented in these works, society will follow a destructive and greedy path, turning to technology and automation to streamline ourselves towards our demise. In the more optimistic possibilities that are presented, we may find peace and healing through traditional knowledge, connecting to the land, and strengthening communities. The question we are left with: How did we get here and where are we going?

Lisa Theriault, Guest Curator

Participating Artists:

Dawn George

Bretten Hannam

Nelson MacDonald

Jeremy Sandor

Roberto Santaguida

Skawennati

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Three Years in the Making

Trilogy – 3 Years in the Making Opening Reception
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May 29, 2019 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm at The Guild 
Trilogy — 3 Years in the Making
Alison Storey, Helen LaRouche, and Juanita Glenn
Opening Reception May 29
On display until June 9 

This Art Exhibition is a visual journey of Three P.E.I. women that are close friends and have diverse backgrounds but similar interests. This Exhibition features over 75 chosen works that relate both directly to the Island and their own individual journey through life. They each have their own distinctive styles to convey their message to the viewers. Some artworks are scenes of the Island to interest tourists, some imaginative and dreamlike to interest the free thinker and some more realistic of life around them. The art works have been completed in the last three years and their goal in life is to inspire others.

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More Than Mother’s Day

Women Artists of P.E.I. Performances and Panel

 

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In conjunction with the exhibition Who’s Your Mother? Women Artists of P.E.I., 1964 to the Present, the Gallery is offering a series of performances and a panel that everyone is invited to attend.

Saturday, May 4 from 7-9 p.m., Women Artists of P.E.I. Performance Series
Donnalee Downe, Sitting Down with Downe, an interactive durational performance
Sandi Hartling in a durational “reading” called How Many Variations Does it Take?
Sarah Wendt and Pascal Dufaux in a performance piece, The mountains move while my fingernails grow, that starts at 8 p.m.

Sunday, May 12 at 2 p.m., Women Artists of P.E.I. Mother’s Day Panel Discussion
Moderator: D’Arcy Wilson, Assistant Professor, Visual Arts, Memorial University
Panellists: Mari Basiletti, Sandy Kowalik, Jane Ledwell, Rilla Marshall.

 

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Abstract and Amazing

Abstract Joy: The Amazing Natural Beauty That Surrounds Us, work by Julea Boswell
May 15, 2019 through May 26
Julia-Boswell
Abstract Joy features lively abstract art which Julea describes as “providing a nice hit of colour to warm us up
for summer”. Her imaginative pieces take shape with a blend of recalled imagery, thoughts and emotion.
“Although the work is abstract it is pretty straightforward,” says Julea. “I simply try to capture moments of
spontaneous joy and express this in my art. What stays with me from these moments becomes my inner
springboard for creation. Like many artists, the amazing natural beauty that surrounds me, especially on PEI,
is a primary source of inspiration.”

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Watermark Theatre, and the Victoria Playhouse