Joe Fafard: Retaille

 Joe Fafard,   Harmonie II  , powder coated laser cut steel, 95.3 X 52.2 X 13.5 cm, 2009

Joe Fafard, Harmonie II, powder coated laser cut steel, 95.3 X 52.2 X 13.5 cm, 2009

Internationally renowned, Joe Fafard is one of Canada’s most recognized and prolific artists. Spanning decades, Fafard’s artistic practice is always evolving, driven by his endless experimentation with subject matter, media, process and technology. Whether in clay, bronze or steel sculpture or in drawing and printmaking, Fafard’s work is characterized by his connection to his rural roots, his reverence for art history, his inquiry into form and his interest in three-dimensional illusion and perspective. The exhibition Retailles offers an insight into Fafard’s exploration of the laser-cut process and his creative renderings of its by-products in this collection of laser-cut and welded metal sculptures along with embossed and woodcut prints. French for scraps or trimmings, that which is cut away, Retailles not only references the act of removing the negative from positive space to create form, but refers to the act of recycling these “out-cuts” to create new works.   Drawing features prominently in this exhibition, from the reduction of form to line in both three-dimensional and two-dimensional spaces to the Matisse-like cut-outs and the creation of recycled, sculptural collage.

Tour Schedule

  • January 14 to March 4, 2017 at the Esplanade Art Gallery, Medicine Hat, AB
  • July 7 to August 27, 2017 at the Strathcona County Art Gallery, Sherwood Park, AB
  • January 19 - March 31, 2018 at the Chapel Gallery, North Battleford, SK
  • June 1 to August 25, 2018 at the Mann Art Gallery, Prince Albert
  • September 8 to October 28, 2018 at the Art Gallery of Swift Current

 

Keepsakes of Conflict: Trench Art and Other Canadian War-Related Craft

 Tea Set, brass, a: 20.8 x 22.2 x 10.2 cm, b: 5 x 9 cm, c: 15 x 15.8 x 8.6 cm, d: 10.8 x 16.5 x 9.2 cm, e: 5 x 8.8 cm, f: 10.5 x 17.1 x 9 cm, First World War, Collection of Canadian War Museum, Ottawa, Ontario, Photo courtesy of Gabrielle Garcia-Luna.

Tea Set, brass, a: 20.8 x 22.2 x 10.2 cm, b: 5 x 9 cm, c: 15 x 15.8 x 8.6 cm, d: 10.8 x 16.5 x 9.2 cm, e: 5 x 8.8 cm, f: 10.5 x 17.1 x 9 cm, First World War, Collection of Canadian War Museum, Ottawa, Ontario, Photo courtesy of Gabrielle Garcia-Luna.

Trench art is defined as any item made by soldiers, prisoners of war and civilians, from war material directly, or any other material, as long as it and they are associated with armed conflict or its consequences. The 100th anniversary of the First World War has been an opportunity for the Moose Jaw Museum & Art Gallery (MJM&AG) to examine the little-studied area of Canadian craft related to war. This traveling exhibition was organized by the MJM&AG and guest curated by Heather Smith. MJM&AG acknowledges the generous funding support provided by the Department of Canadian Heritage through the Museums Assistance Program and sponsorship by the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 59.

L’art des tranchées se définit comme le domaine qui englobe tout objet fabriqué par des soldats, des prisonniers de guerre ou des civils, à partir de matériel de guerre ou de quelque autre matériau, pourvu que l’objet et son créateur soient associés au conflit armé ou à ses conséquences. La commémoration du centenaire de la Première Guerre mondiale a offert au Moose Jaw Museum & Art Gallery l’occasion de se pencher sur un aspect jusqu’à présent peu étudié de l’artisanat canadien lié aux conflits armés. Cette exposition itinérante a été réalisée par le Moose Jaw Museum & Art Gallery, sous la direction de la commissaire Heather Smith. Nous désirons signaler la généreuse contribution du ministère du Patrimoine canadien, dans le cadre de son Programme d’aide aux musées and par la Légion Royale Canadien 59

http://www.mjmag.ca/trench-art/

Tour Schedule

  • May 5 to August 15, 2017 at the North Peace Museum, Fort St. John, BC

  • September 1 to November 30, 2017 at the Red Deer Museum, Red Deer, AB

  • January 6 to March 3, 2018 at the Esplanade Arts and Heritage Centre, Medicine Hat, AB

  • July 2 to September 30, 2018 at the Thunder Bay Museum

  • November 4 to December 31, 2018 at the Art Gallery of Swift Current, Swift Current, SK
 

Joe Fafard: In Print/Imprimer

 Joe Fafard,    Sonny  , silkscreen on paper, edition 75/150, 37.2 x 46.6 cm, 1979, Collection of the MJM&AG

Joe Fafard,  Sonny, silkscreen on paper, edition 75/150, 37.2 x 46.6 cm, 1979, Collection of the MJM&AG

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Internationally renowned, Joe Fafard is one of Canada’s most recognized and prolific artists. Although Fafard may be best known for his work in clay, bronze and steel sculpture, drawing and printmaking have been sustained curiosities of his throughout his artistic practice. Whether three-dimensional or two-dimensional, his work is characterized by his connection to his rural Saskatchewan roots, his reverence for art history and his inquiry into form. The exhibition In Print/ Imprimer presents both woodblock and embossed prints of cows, horses and bison, each series a response to or an extension of his laser-cut sculptural process. While the embossed images offer beautifully subtle forms, the woodblocks are arresting in their colourful graphic quality. Reminiscent of Matisse’s paper cut-outs, these images have fluid, exaggerated and almost lyrical forms. Moving in varying degrees towards abstraction, the anatomy of these forms is broken down into pattern and embedded symbolic imagery. Perhaps in their subtlety, these works speak to the interconnection and dependence of human existence on agriculture and nature.

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