Joe Fafard: Retaille
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.
- 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
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
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
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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.
- August 1, 2017 to August 23, 2017 at the Last Mountain Lake Cultural Centre
- October 1, 2017 to October 23, 2017 at the Mistasinik Place
- November 1, 2017 to November 23, 2017 at the Tisdale Middle & Secondary School
- January 1, 2018 to January 23, 2018 at the Council Chambers, Leader Town Office
- February 1, 2018 to March 23, 2018 at the Godfrey Dean Art Gallery
- April 1, 2018 to April 23, 2018 at the Garden Gallery
- May 1, 2018 to June 23, 2018 at the Chapel Gallery
- September 1, 2018 to September 23, 2018 at the Sherven-Smith Art Gallery
- October 1, 2018 to October 23, 2018 at the Watrous Art & Cultural Centre
- November 1, 2018 to November 23, 2018 at the John V. Hicks Gallery at the Prince Albert Arts Centre
- January 1, 2019 to February 23, 2019 at the Station Arts Centre, Rosthern
- March 1, 2019 to March 23, 2019 at the Brooks Hall
- April 1, 2019 to May 23, 2019 at the Humboldt and District Gallery
- June 1, 2019 to June 23, 2019 at the Shurniak Art Gallery
- July 1, 2019 to August 23, 2019 at the Allie Griffin Art Gallery
- September 1, 2019 to September 23, 2019 at the Biggar Museum and Gallery
- October 1, 2019 to October 23, 2019 at the Gallery Works and The Third Dimension
- November 1, 2019 to December 23, 2019 at the Lloydminster Cultural & Science Centre
Gabriela García-Luna: Kathgodam Express
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Gabriela García-Luna is a photography-based artist who lives and works between Moose Jaw, SK, northern India and Mexico City, where she was born and raised. García-Luna’s particular interest is the exploration of the paradoxical possibilities inherent to photography, that is, to show the seen and reveal the unseen. As Wayne Baerwaldt writes in the catalogue essay that, “As an artist who carefully constructs her photographic pictures to elude definitive and prescriptive readings, Gabriela García-Luna aims to open doors to an aesthetic that questions commonly perceived realities. She suggests we observe her pictures with fewer, different or no expectations of knowing anything with any certainty and that another, more elusive quality is more revealing. In the process of compiling her observations of the commonplace -urban-rural landscapes - from various parts of the world, she hints at revealing the unseen in her images.
- March 1, 2017 to March 23, 2017 at the John V. Hicks Gallery at the Prince Albert Arts Centre
- June 1, 2017 to June 23, 2017 at the TBA
- September 1, 2017 to September 23, 2017 at the Sherven-Smith Art Gallery
- December 1, 2017 to January 23, 2018 at the Godfrey Dean Art Gallery
- February 1, 2018 to February 23, 2018 at the Lloydminster Cultural & Science Centre
- April 1, 2018 to April 23, 2018 at the Shurniak Art Gallery
- September 1, 2018 to October 23, 2018 at the Humboldt Museum/Humboldt Arts Council
Bart Pragnell: Inspired Movement
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Bart Pragnell was born in Caron, a small town located between Moose Jaw and Swift Current, in 1907. After graduating from the Winnipeg School of Art in the spring of 1932, he was hired by the Moose Jaw Public School Board to teach high school art and a few years later he was promoted to the position of supervisor of art curriculum for all of the Moose Jaw public schools.
The subject matter of Bart Pragnell’s work is extremely varied but he continued to return to certain themes or subjects throughout his life. He painted landscapes, people, still life, cityscapes and abstract works. Pragnell seemed particularly intrigued by the pictorial possibilities of people in the landscape - figures walking down a street, or working on their farms.
A well-known member of the Saskatchewan arts community he served as Vice-President of the Saskatchewan Arts Councils, was a member of the artist group known as the The Prospectors, and went on to serve as Principal of the Winnipeg School of Art. He passed away in Lethbridge in 1966.
- January 1, 2017 to January 23, 2017 at the Station Arts Centre, Rosthern
- February 1, 2017 to March 23, 2017 at the Art Gallery of Outlook
- April 1, 2017 to April 23, 2017 at the Biggar Museum and Gallery
- May 1, 2017 to August 23, 2017 at the TBA
- September 1, 2017 to October 23, 2017 at the Weyburn Arts Council
Heather Benning: A Prairie Gothic: Let Our Fields Be Broader, But Our Nights So Much Darker
Saskatchewan artist Heather Benning has a growing international reputation for producing large-scale, site-specific installations within natural environments, presenting interventions in outdoor locations and abandoned and decaying architectural spaces. Another focus of her practice is creating gallery-based installations and, mostly recently, working in video. It is these latter practices that will be featured in the exhibition A Prairie Gothic: Let Our Fields Be Broader, But Our Nights So Much Darker, co-organized by the Moose Jaw Museum & Art Gallery and the Art Gallery of Swift Current. Presenting four bodies of work and her new film, The Dollhouse, the exhibition offers viewers intricately woven narratives that address notions of place, loss, the perceived ‘otherness’ of rural life and the construction of gender and femininity. Each series contributes to an overarching narrative of the prairie gothic. Stories of innocence, haunting memories and romantic ideals of settler life on the prairies are intertwined with dark narratives and tragic loss. Benning presents viewers with iconic images and monuments of prairie rural life that not only acknowledge the passing of an era, the loss of a connection to our rural roots, idyllic dreams that are never realized and the inevitability of change, but also reflect a sensitivity and respect for the individual lives and stories that collectively contribute towards a prairie sensibility.
- Art Gallery of Swift Current November 5 to December 30, 2016
- Mann Art Gallery, Prince Albert, SK March 31 - May 13, 2017