Category Archives: State of the Art

Creative Obsessions on Tap

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Fine craft is equal parts tradition and innovation, passion and obsession, filtered through the skills and the sensibilities of artisans. Making craft is a form of thinking, a communication across generations.

In a new exhibition opening August 8 at the Confederation Centre Art Gallery (CCAG), Island artisans respond to the theme of ‘creative obsessions’ with innovative works drawing on craft traditions to mark Craft Year 2020. Creative Obsessions is organized by the CCAG in collaboration with the PEI Crafts Council, and is guest curated by Ray Cronin and Sarah Maloney. 

Fine craft has always demanded an element of obsession: the artist has to master varied techniques, often difficult materials, and do so in a manner that keeps them engaged in the long hours from conception to production, all the while striving to make something that viewers will find equally compelling. Success is never a given—failure is an all too familiar studio companion for every artist and craftsperson. Of course, it is often through failure that artists learn the most.

Participating craftspeople in this new exhibition include: Jim Aquilani, Nancy Cole, Jamie Germaine, Arlene MacAusland, Rilla Marshall, Melissa Peter Paul, Jody Racicot, Ayelet Stewart, Isako Suzuki, Jane Whitten, and Bette Young.

The 11 artists in Creative Obsessions have also been challenged by our times, with the increased isolation brought on by COVID-19, interruptions in their supply chains for materials, and the disruption of their normal routines. Some artists have chosen to respond directly to the issues of our day, while others have redoubled their focus on their materials and the specific technical and historical processes in which they practice.

“Every artist, like every person, has been affected by COVID,” states Sarah Maloney, co-curator. “It has been remarkable to hear from the artists how they have risen to the challenges set for them in these difficult times. You can really see how their passion drives them.”

There is no one right answer of course, acknowledges Co-curator Ray Cronin: “art is more about questions, anyway.” Creative Obsessions highlights the probing questioning— of techniques and materials, of local and global issues, of historical and cultural contexts— that define the work of 10 of the Island’s most accomplished fine craftspeople.

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Earth to You

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A group exhibit of work by PEI women artists reflecting on climate change, environment, and the beauty of the natural world.

Featuring
Millefiore Clarkes
Nancy Cole
Mari Basiletti
Ashley Anne Clark
Jane Affleck

This is presented by The Guild and TTIS with support from Innovation PEI

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Art in the Open

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The Guild says, tune in tonight at 7 PM @aitoPEI for Movie Night in partnership with Film PEI!!!

Joignez-vous à nous ce soir à 19 h @aitoPEI pour une Soirée Cinéma en partenariat avec Film PEI !!!

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PEI Theatre is the Guild, Harbourfront Theatre,
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New Works On and Off Line

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Today, the Confederation Centre Art Gallery (CCAG) is rolling out its second contribution to Canada’s new visual arts platform, FIELD TRIP: Art Across Canada<https://www.fieldtrip.art/>. Also coming soon to the Gallery’s glass entranceway is a series of neon works from Sandi Hartling–the first physical art installed at the Centre since the pandemic began.

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FIELDTRIP is a direct response to the challenges of gallery access posed by COVID-19 and offers a daily web release on FIELDTRIP.art<https://www.fieldtrip.art/>, profiling digital work from a network of more than 30 major galleries and museums from across the nation. Now available online, the CCAG’s latest contribution is a curated video work from Halifax artists Mitchell Wiebe and Tim Tracey entitled Group of Steven—painting the invisible.

Wiebe is somewhat of a cult artist in Canada, whose ‘space activations’ combine performance and painting-based installation. This duality was celebrated in Wiebe’s VampSites, a national touring exhibition organized by the CCAG and curated by Pan Wendt, which is exhibiting at the Reach Gallery in Abbotsford, B.C. in 2021.

Wiebe’s Halifax studio–located above a navy surplus store and crammed with paintings, props, and found accessories–is the setting for this new FIELDTRIP project, an extended “video feedback” reflection<https://www.fieldtrip.art/field-trips/group-of-steven-painting-the-invisible> on Wiebe’s process and paintings from animator/filmmaker Tim Tracey, created while isolating during the pandemic.

In a tribute to early music video formats and Bob Ross-esque instructional shows, the artist provides commentary in the absurd, inept, and convoluted persona of ‘Steven’. Tracey’s assortment of forms and colours are reshaped to merge kaleidoscopically with the music and lyrics of fellow Halifax musicians, Fantasy Eye. Patrons are encouraged to explore this new satirical work today via the Centre’s social media or at FIELDTRIP.art<https://www.fieldtrip.art/>, as well as other projects from across the country.

SANDI HARTLING INSTALLATION
Sandi Hartling is an interdisciplinary artist residing in Avondale, P.E.I. Her series of neon text works, which combine ambiguous messages with direct, bright colour, will be installed in the Grafton Street Entrance at the CCAG over the next week.

Entitled anything at all; just cause; and sense first reflect later, the three works are mixed medium neon forms that present like handwritten text.

The pieces will be installed inside the Gallery’s glass entranceway, opposite The Holman Grand and will be illuminated at night. As Phase-3 begins across P.E.I., patrons are encouraged to enjoy these beacon-like works from Grafton Street and surrounding areas while maintaining social distancing.

A graduate of Sir Wilfred Grenfell College in Newfoundland, Hartling’s recent work includes the CCAG solo exhibition Things We Can Agree On and Other Works of Fiction; Set Design for Unrealized Production (Nature) with Third Shift in Saint John; and Paradise Mirage with Supercrawl in Hamilton.

Stay tuned for more updates on the reopening of the Confederation Centre Art Gallery for public visitation and the roll out of select arts education programs.

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More Art Classes From Home

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Check out Episode 6 of ‘Art Class from Home’! 🎨🏠

This week, Visual Arts Educator Evan Furness creates a minimalist landscape image where the subject has been reduced to its basics: colour and shape, inspired by the 1965 painting ‘Black Sun’ by Toni Onley. Watch the demo below, and try these techniques out yourself.

Get the instructional PDF here: https://confederationcentre.com/…/No.-6-Shapes-in-the-Lands…

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CCAG Art Class from Home presents a weekly activity inspired by artworks in the Confederation Centre Art Gallery Permanent Collection. These activities are for all ages and skill levels, and can be completed with materials that people usually have in their homes.⁣

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Art Classes From Home

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Episode 4 of ‘Art Class from Home’ is here with another at-home art lesson! 🎨🏠

This week, Visual Arts Educator Evan Furness will teach you about organic and geometric shapes, inspired by Robert Youds’s “light painting” titled ‘visiteur’ (1998). Watch the demo below, and try these techniques out yourself.

Get the activity instruction PDF here: https://confederationcentre.com/…/No.-4-The-Colour-and-the-…

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CCAG Art Class from Home presents a weekly activity inspired by artworks in the Confederation Centre Art Gallery Permanent Collection. These activities are for all ages and skill levels, and can be completed with materials that people usually have in their homes.⁣

PEI Professional Theatre Network

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PEI Theatre is the Guild, Harbourfront Theatre,
Confederation Centre for the Arts,
Watermark Theatre, and the Victoria Playhouse

Bernard Shows Work in Victoria

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Do you need a little PEI beauty in your life right now? Have a look at this virtual exhibition of recent works by Island painter Maurice Bernard, hosted by Victoria’s Studio Gallery.

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This site illustrates the portfolio of Prince Edward Island artist Maurice Bernard.

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Spheres and Skulls

Icons of the Interior

 

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Art has often been interpreted as an external manifestation of mental processes. This exhibition presents a selection of works from the collection that explore this subject matter, with an emphasis on the use of the head, and by extension the brain, as a representation of their container and origin. Curated by Pan Wendt.

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PEI Theatre is the Guild, Harbourfront Theatre,
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Watermark Theatre, and the Victoria Playhouse