Heather Cline: Quiet Stories from Canadian Places - Canada 150 

March 3 - May 14, 2017

Opening: Friday, March 3 @ 7:30pm

Heather Cline, Meeting Places, acrylic on panel, 36 x 48, 2016

Heather Cline, Meeting Places, acrylic on panel, 36 x 48, 2016

Cline’s series of paintings and new media works, entitled Quiet Stories from Canadian Places, a touring exhibition in 2017 in response to Canada’s 150th anniversary celebrations, explores shifting the traditional role that painting has played in documenting history from official portraiture and pivotal historical moments to documenting Canadian places that are significant to everyday people and simple moments. It also explores how the public interacts with the work creating a space of active viewing as the public reflects on the paintings in relation to the audio content.

 The project involves interviewing local residents in communities across Canada, collecting personal and regional history as an audio component.  The resulting exhibition will feature salon style groupings of small to mid-scale paintings of different locations across Canada, including Moose Jaw, while the audio component will create sound spots that viewers will enter as they view the paintings. Being exhibited in MJM&AG’s museum from March 3 to May 14, the exhibition creates a space for contemporary art, oral traditions of storytelling and history to intersect.

http://www.heathercline.ca/projects/quiet-stories

 

 

 


Audrey Dreaver: No, I Do Not Speak Cree

February 3 - May 7, 2017

Opening: Fri. Feb. 10 @ 7:30pm

Artist Talk: Sat. Feb. 11 @ 1:30pm

Audrey Dreaver, The Phone Call, acrylic on canvas, 152.5 X 152.5 cm, 2015

Audrey Dreaver, The Phone Call, acrylic on canvas, 152.5 X 152.5 cm, 2015

NO. I do not speak Cree is an exhibition of paintings, prints and sculptures that expresses and examines artist Audrey Dreaver’s experience with Cree language loss. Through the works, Dreaver considers her place within her Cree culture and community, and whether her inability to speak Cree means that she is less Cree. This exhibition examines the reasons her family lost their language, and the effect this cultural loss has on people like Dreaver, other Crees who are not fluent in their language. Exploring the emotional and psychological impact of language loss on identity, Dreaver’s work considers the current place of hybridity for many Cree peoples; existing in a new Cree paradigm where fluency in their language is no longer an essential element of Cree survival. 

Audrey Dreaver is Plains Cree and grew up in Prince Albert. Her family comes from the Mistawasis and Ahtahkakoop Cree Nations of Saskatchewan. Dreaver received her MFA in painting from the University of Regina (2015), and her BFA in painting, printmaking, and sculpture, and BA in Museum Studies (curating) from the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico.


John Kissick: The Boom Bits

February 3 - May 7, 2017

Opening: Fri. Feb. 10 @ 7:30pm

Installation shot from the Thames Art Gallery of John Kissik: The Boom Bites

Installation shot from the Thames Art Gallery of John Kissik: The Boom Bites

 

The touring exhibition John Kissick: The Boom Bits features paintings and prints from the last five years in the abstract painter's critically acclaimed practice. The survey of works traces the artist's recent development of hybrid pictorial motifs and art historical references through the lenses of contemporary pop culture, surrealism and formal abstraction.

Known primarily as a painter and writer, John has an extensive exhibition record, with over 30 solo exhibitions in Canada, the US, and Germany. He received a BFA from Queen’s University and an MFA from Cornell University and has held academic appointments at the University of Guelph (where he currently teaches), Ontario College of Art + Design, Penn State University and The University of Ulster at Belfast. His work has also been featured in important survey exhibitions on contemporary painting, and is held in numerous public collections.

The exhibition was organized by the Thames Art Gallery and curated by Carl Lavoy, in collaboration with the Moose Jaw Museum & Art Gallery, Esplanade Art Gallery (Medicine Hat, AB), Art Gallery of Guelph and the Judith & Norman Alix Art Gallery (Sarnia, ON).


IN THE LOBBY

Plains of Abstraction

Selections from the MJM&AG Permanent Collection

Installation shot of Joan Rankin's work in the lobby.

Installation shot of Joan Rankin's work in the lobby.

This exhibition features abstract works in the permanent collection, to not only compliment the John Kissick show in the main gallery, but to highlight the impact of modernism on art history in Saskatchewan. Moose Jaw artist, Joan Rankin (deceased) is included to acknowledge the strength of her practice, her connection to the Regina Five, the impact of the Emma Lake Artists' Workshop with Clement Greenberg and her ties to the New York School.