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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.

FIELDTRIP 2.0
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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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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Ready to Fete

Confederation Centre Ready to Fete Winter Gallery Exhibitions

CCAG to host ‘Winter Gallery Opening’ March 7 celebrating five new exhibitions

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The Confederation Centre Art Gallery (CCAG) has a been a hive of activity recently, with five new shows being installed and a slate of ArtTalks on deck. The public will have a chance to explore the new exhibitions, with a Winter Gallery Opening being held March 7 at 7 p.m. at Confederation Centre, a national arts centre and living memorial to the nation’s founding.

All are welcome for the opening, a seasonal tradition, which is always a chance to experience the new works amidst a fun and social atmosphere. Expect live musical entertainment and refreshments, and even a chance to chat with some of the artists and curators involve. The event begins at 7 p.m. and there is no cost to attend.

On the brain, and the shape of things

One of the new shows is the collections exhibition, Spheres, Skulls, and Other Icons of the Interior. “Rather than present semi-permanent installations of highlights from our (CCAG) permanent collection,” says director Kevin Rice, “we often develop thematic exhibitions that reflect collections growth, curatorial research, and our changes as a society. Our rotating collection shows give audiences a chance to experience fresh contexts and combinations of newer and older acquisitions.”

 This latest exhibition is curated by Pan Wendt and built around two recent acquisitions. Nova Scotia artist Colleen Wolstenholme has donated her major sculpture Pills, which consists of large-scale plaster replicas of pharmaceutical drugs; and Robin Peck, recently retired sculpture professor at St. Thomas University, donated three works from his series Crania.  

“Both of these important donations are sculptures about the brain,” says Wendt. “And so I wanted to build a show about art as an externalization of thought, and of what we think of as our interior. Artists are often drawn to certain forms as references to containers for mental activity, and as shaped by the mind.” 

The exhibition, which opens March 7 and runs until May 30, also features artworks by Don Bonham, Joan Jonas, Patrick Lundeen, Landon MacKenzie, and Ed Zelenak, among others, as well as a proposed donation by Island artist Gerald Beaulieu.

Still Life Forever

Beginning next week, the Centre’s concourse will feature some engaging art history. In an exhibition entitled Setting the Table: Still-Life and its After Effects, curator Wendt again draws from the Gallery’s collection to show how the genre of the “still life” evolved from a minor exercise for artists to a showcase of formal arrangement within an everyday context.

“Even when it was a minor genre, artists were drawn to the process of still life as a sort of document of our relationship to the world and to things,” says Wendt. “But for modern artists, this seemingly formal exercise took on great importance. Eventually it fragmented into a bunch of new practices, like construction, more-or-less pure abstraction, and the literal use of found objects into art contexts.”

Wendt continues, “These are all pretty familiar strategies now, but one could make the case that they emerged from the humble practice of making a still life. And the still life never goes away, as recent work by Tony Scherman and John Cox demonstrates in this show. Artists are still fascinated by it.”

The exhibition, which will be visible in the concourse display cases from February 29 to May 24, features work by Canadian artists, including George Angliss, Joe Plaskett, Bertram Brooker, Ron Martin, as well as the late P.E.I. artist Jan Mollison.

A full slate

The other exhibitions being celebrated at the Winter Opening include: Victor Cicansky: The Gardener’s Universe; The Debbie Show: Views from the Desk; and Artists by Artists.

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Setting the Table

Setting the Table: Still-Life and its After Effects

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The still life was the humblest genre, until it became the basis for modern abstraction and the invention of the readymade. This exhibition at the Confederation Centre presents a selection of works that build on the still life’s strategies of selection and arrangement. Curated by Pan Wendt.

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Through the Gardener’s Universe

CCAG set to unveil carrer retrospective ‘Victor Cicansky: The Gardener’s Universe’ on January 25

 

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Opening January 25 at the Confederation Centre Art Gallery (CCAG) is a retrospective exhibition focusing on the ceramic and bronze works of Regina-based artist, Victor Cicansky. Curated by Timothy Long and Julia Krueger, and organized by the MacKenzie Art Gallery (Calgary), The Gardener’s Universe brings together over 100 works that present a richly layered picture of Cicansky’s career, one that has been firmly rooted in his garden.

Victor Cicansky: The Gardener’s Universe promises to engage visitors of all ages and will display in the Upper West Gallery at the CCAG until April 26, 2020. As part of a series of Art Talks, Evan Furness, visual arts educator, will introduce the Cicansky exhibition on February 20 from noon to 12:30 p.m. These talks are offered free-of-charge at the Gallery and all are welcome.

For over 50 years, ideas for sculptures in ceramics and bronze have grown out of Cicansky’s intimate relationship with the plants and trees of his backyard. His approach embraces both the immigrant knowledge of his Romanian-Canadian family and more contemporary concerns around urban ecology and environmental sustainability. Grounded in local realities, his work speaks to the wider world of the joys and trials of supporting life in an urban prairie space.

Drawn from 39 public and private collections in Canada and the U.S., the selections embody the energy of Cicansky’s varied production. Challenging craft expectations of pottery and furniture, Cicansky engages the language of making to celebrate “hand smarts,” as his blacksmith father called them. From the subversive experimentation of his student days in California, to the recognition of his prairie immigrant roots, to his celebration of shovel-to-plate gardening — Cicansky has unearthed a politics of place using humour, play, and provocation.

The work of Victor Cicansky asserts that history and locality are vital sources for healthy creative expression, just as gardens are essential for the health of our bodies and the planet. This exhibition celebrates a “garden universe” — as Regina writer Trevor Herriot calls it — and marks Cicansky’s lasting contributions to Canadian art and craft history.

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Talks and Tours

ArtTalk-2019-768x533.jpgFebruary 6 Curator Pan Wendt will introduce his latest exhibition Artists by Artists which asks the question what it means to be an artist by looking at portraits of artists.
February 13 Jill McRae, co-curator of the exhibition The Debbie Show: views from the desk, will introduce gallery receptionist Debbie Muttart and tour visitors through a selection of Debbie’s favourite works from the CCAG collection.

February 20 Evan Furness, visual arts educator, will introduce the Victor Cicansky retrospective exhibition The Gardener’s Universe, which includes nearly 100 bronze and ceramic works by the acclaimed Canadian artist.

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Gather Up the Kids

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Family Sundays

Gather up the kids and head to the Gallery on the last Sunday of the month from 1:30-3 p.m.
Family Sundays run from January 26 to April 26. They’re FREE, they’re fun, and they’re bilingual (English and French). All ages are welcome.

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