Tag Archives: David Thauberger

Never Like Always

The Confederation Centre Art Gallery will celebrate its winter and spring exhibitions with a classic evening gala on Saturday, March 5. All are welcome for this engaging and spirited soiree, beginning at 7 p.m.

image004

Featured exhibitions include Charlottetown artist Sandi Hartling’s Things We Can Agree On, and Other Works of Fiction; Holding the Pose: Portraits From the Collection; Dialogues; From Housebuilder to Architect: C.B. Chappell’s Charlottetown; Curious Objects from the Vault; and the latest addition, touring show David Thauberger: Road Trips & other diversions.

Several featured artists and curators will be in attendance at the opening and live music will be provided by Island songwriters Al Tuck and Mike Dixon. Regina-based sculptor, painter, and printmaker David Thauberger will also give an art talk and tour of Road Trips & other diversions on Sunday March 6 at 2 p.m. in the gallery.

There is no cost to attend either event. For more information, please visit confederationcentre.com.

Advertisements

Gillis House Moves Indoors

ROAD TRIPS & other diversion, the first comprehensive overview of Regina-based artist David Thauberger, opens March 5th at the Confederation Centre Art Gallery.

One featured art work in this style that may be of interest to Islanders is Chappell Picture, a portrait view of the handsome Gillis House found at 48 Great George Street, now part of the Great George Hotel. This engaging work is from the Gallery’s permanent collection, and depicts the former Queen Anne-inspired double tenement in bright pastel colours as featured during the painting’s creation in 1993.

image007
The opening reception for this and other winter exhibitions is on Saturday March 5 at 7 p.m. and the show runs to June 5, 2016. Thauberger will give an art talk and tour of the exhibition on Sunday March 6 at 2 p.m. in the gallery. There is no cost to attend either event. Co-curated by Sandra Fraser and Timothy Long, David Thauberger: ROAD TRIPS & other diversions is funded in part by the Museums Assistance program at Canadian Heritage.

On the Road Right in Town

Regina-based David Thauberger is nationally recognized as a painter, printmaker, and ceramist whose practice employs a firm conviction that the local is as important as the global. Opening March 5 at the Confederation Centre Art Gallery, ROAD TRIPS & other diversions is the first comprehensive overview of this remarkable artist.

image005

Organized by the Mendel Art Gallery, Saskatoon and the MacKenzie Art Gallery, Regina, this installation explores how the idea of place has shaped the artist’s work. The exhibition brings together some 70 paintings, prints, and ceramic works, produced from 1971 to 2009. Clusters of art works ranging from New York pop art to Chicago imagism to Saskatchewan folk painting highlight his process of assimilating visual information through the process of collecting.

Born in Holdfast, Saskatchewan in 1948, Thauberger is one of the most significant artists on the Prairies. Whether in patterned watercolours, flocked prints, ceramics, or taped and stenciled paintings, he has played with the line between industrial and handmade techniques, his work reflecting both his formal art school training and his rejection of the limitations of a strictly fine art approach.

Thauberger is known for his particular approach to painting vernacular architecture, such as legion halls, false-front businesses, churches, and houses, as if they were portraits. Tourist postcards have been another influential source and his work has the ability to transform the imagery of popular culture – both the everyday and the spectacular – into symbolic icons of places in much the same way that postcards can.

Thauberger also made an important impact on the national scene through his work on boards with UNESCO, Canada Council, and the Canada Council Art Bank. He was named to the Order of Canada in 2008, and acknowledged for “his promotion and preservation of Canadian heritage and folk art in Saskatchewan, in addition to his work as a painter, sculptor, and educator.”