Category Archives: State of the Art

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

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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

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

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.

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

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.

 

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

Abstract and Amazing

Abstract Joy: The Amazing Natural Beauty That Surrounds Us, work by Julea Boswell
May 15, 2019 through May 26
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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.”

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

Balancing Act

In the Balance

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A selection of works from the collection that articulate the tension between idea and thing, form and matter, making and thinking. This exhibition highlights objects from the collection that generate a tension between formal control and the innate shaping properties of the materials of art—their density, structure, colour and texture. These works focus more on internal dynamics than they do on recognizable content—the relationship between an idea, figure or process and the consistency of its “support,” whether beeswax, whalebone, acrylic paint or Masonite. Focusing primarily on ostensibly formal issues these works actually reveal in their structure a resistance to persistent myths with social and ecological implications—the autonomy of the artistic statement, and the elevation of the artist to the status of a commanding, godlike shaper of inert material. In these works, artists confront a problem—the necessity of making a gesture that is at the same time receptive to the impact of other forces. The works ultimately oscillate between presenting a unifying solution and a disharmony that pulls them apart, opening them to the larger world.

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

Black & White at the Guild

Black & White: Where Lines Can Take Us By LiliAnne Webster
At the Guild through April 30
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We have become all too familiar with the phrase “Black and White” meaning clearly defined
lines. This series explores the use of a line. LiliAnne’s goal is using black and white lines to
communicate more abstract thinking and to question how we interpret lines. Black lines on
white and white lines on black; the lines go from organic shapes that freely flow to purposefully
made marks that create figurative forms.
In this series LiliAnne explores her understanding of lines and pushes herself to look at what
lines mean and how they capture the natural flow of her environment. She limits herself to the
simple black and white palette thus challenging herself to look at the world differently. She
explores movement and emotion with new vision and insight. What began as a simple task with
ink pen on paper in a mindless act of meditation soon began to create form and shape that
echoed representative patterns. Continuing in this process faces appeared with almost
fingerprint patterning, trees grew in wood-grain patterns, lines of poetry evoked an artistic
response and flowers and leaves moved on page after page of exploration.

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