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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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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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Who’s Your Mother at the Gallery

At the CCAG: Women in Performance & Women in Discussion

Last chance to see popular Island exhibition ‘Who’s Your Mother?’; panel discussion on deck for Mother’s Day

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The Confederation Centre Art Gallery (CCAG) is celebrating the final month of the exhibition Who’s Your Mother? Women Artists of P.E.I., 1964 to the Present with a variety of events. These will highlight and compliment the exhibition, which features works from more than 40 Island women artists spanning multiple generations.

The Women in Performance’ Series is the first program and takes place this Saturday, May 4 from 7 to 9 p.m. This event will include the following live performances:

·         Donnalee Downe, who is presenting Sit Down with Downe, an interactive durational performance in the Gallery’s Recharge Lounge;

·         Sandi Hartling in a durational ambient piece called How many variations does it take?;and,

·         Sarah Wendt and Pascal Dufaux in a live performance piece entitled The mountains move while my fingernails grow.

Wendt and Dufaux’s work will include the showing of recent short films made in Newfoundland. The short films are shot in an almost nature documentary style in landscapes of barren rocks and cliff-faces in the strange and fantastical scenery of the Tablelands, in Gros Morne, Newfoundland. Wendt will perform a live DJ set live in reaction to these works. This musical soundtrack will be made up of looping, field recordings, and electronic instruments.

The final event at the CCAG is the ‘Women Artists of P.E.I. Mother’s Day Panel’ on Sunday, May 12 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. in the Gallery:

·         Moderated by D’Arcy Wilson, an artist and assistant professor of Visual Arts at Memorial University, this panel will include Mari Basiletti, Sandy Kowalik, and Rilla Marshall—all women featrued in the exhibition. The panel will also feature Jane Ledwell, executive director of the P.E.I. Advisory Council on the Status of Women. 

Who’s Your Mother? wraps up at the Gallery on June 2. 2019. For more information, please visit the CCAG Facebook page or theCentre’s website.

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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.

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Hanging in the Balance

At the CCAG: Collections Show ‘In the Balance’ Explores Tension of Form and Content

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A new exhibition opens next week at the Confederation Centre Art Gallery (CCAG) focusing on the delicate balance in visual art between the material and immaterial. With selections gleaned from the Gallery’s permanent collection, In the Balance explores the tension between form and concept; ideas and matter; making and thinking.

Curated by Pan Wendt, this exhibition opens in the Upper West Gallery at CCAG on Saturday, April 27 and will be on display until the end of the summer, closing September 22, 2019. The works are primarily modern paintings that carry a very material quality.

“There is a long history in Western art of giving priority to design, to the mental picture, to drawing over colour, line over material, spirt over matter,” remarks Wendt. For example, in Renaissance Italy, where so many of our collective ideas about art were first articulated,  this manifested as two rival aesthetic approaches to painting—‘disegno’(design or drawing) versus colore (colour).

Continues Wendt, “We tend to think of perception in terms of the spiritual, or a disembodied experience of form, separated from its material basis, but in fact we are led by touch and other non-visual senses. And thought is itself intertwined with the whole body.”

Following the late 1960s, when this prominence of the formal, conceptual, and ‘optical’ were at their critical height, visual artists increasingly began to develop abstract pieces on the basis of a more materially-grounded conception of the work of art. That is, a process where there the idea stage and the material process were granted equal influence in the final product, and the physical process of making was emphasized.

Featured Canadian examples in the exhibition—from 1970s to the present—include works from: Ron Shuebrook, Harold Klunder, Aganetha Dyck, Ingrid Mary Percy, and Lionel Stevenson. For more information, please visit, confederationcentre.com/gallery

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A Clever Fox and the Northern Lights

Book Launch

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Join author and illustrator Sion Irwin-Childs as he reads from his children’s book Foxfyre, a dramatic tale of adventure set in Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia. The book tells the story of a courageous cat, a clever fox, majestic horses, dancing chickens, and a goat who was once a man. “Foxfyre is from the story, used in some Scandinavian cultures, about where the northern lights come from,” said Irwin-Childs. All ages are welcome.

Back in the 70s

A Documentary Impulse’ Now Open: 1970s Photography of Prince Edward Island Life

New photography exhibition on display until May 2019 at the CCAG

A new exhibition has opened at the Confederation Centre Art Gallery (CCAG) that explores the everyday P.E.I. way of life through extensive documentary photography circa the 1970s. A Documentary Impulse: 1970s Photography of Prince Edward Island Life is on display until May 19, 2019.

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In the 1970s, as P.E.I. was undergoing rapid change, many Islanders began to be concerned about losing their “Island way of life.” It is not a coincidence that around this time many institutions, such as P.E.I. Museum and Heritage Foundation and others, were created to preserve evidence from the past, and to conserve the historic architecture and heritage of the province. Individuals and interest groups were concerned about the effects that tourism, advertising, urban development, and industrialization would have on the peaceful pastoral landscape. Members of the Island agriculture industry and energy sectors held both modernist and anti-modernist ideals and against this setting the back-to-the-land movement demonstrated a renewed interest in renewable energy and a traditional farming lifestyle.

Photographers were commissioned to document everyday life, and were sourced from a critical mass of artists doing documentary projects on P.E.I. at that time. The 1970s remain a peak moment for 35mm photography on the Island. In the 1950s there were amateur photography clubs and commercial photographers. By 1975, many significant photographers were active on the Island, including acclaimed transplanted New Yorker George Zimbel, English documentarian Lawrence McLagan, and former Canadian Photographer of the Year (1966) Lionel Stevenson.

This new exhibition revisits an important 1978 exhibition from the CCAG, Document of Our Times – Prince Edward Island, 1977, which showed a selection of documentary work commissioned as part of a Canada Works project sponsored by the P.E.I. Museum and Heritage Foundation. The idea was that photographers would document, “Life on Prince Edward Island” from May 15 to December 31, 1977. Over 250 rolls of film were shot by Lawrence McLagan, Lionel Stevenson, and Jake Werner, and the 2019 exhibition, A Documentary Impulse, will feature a selection of over 70 images from that project.

Alongside these pictures will be a selection of documentary images by some of the more prominent photographers active in P.E.I. at that time, including Zimbel, Wayne Barrett, and Richard Furlong.