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 at the Esplanade Art Gallery, Medicine Hat, AB
  • July 7 to August 27, 2017 at the Strathcona County Art Gallery, Sherwood Park, AB
  • January 12 to March 25, 2018 at the Art Gallery of Grande Prairie
  • Dates TBA at the Yukon Arts Centre
  • June to August, 2018 at the Mann Art Gallery, Prince Albert
  • September to October, 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

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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 15 to March 17, 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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Gabriela García-Luna: Kathgodam Express

Gabriela García-Luna, Raising – Kathgodam Express, archival ink on cotton paper, edition 1/3, 26.5" x 37.5", 2014

Gabriela García-Luna, Raising – Kathgodam Express, archival ink on cotton paper, edition 1/3, 26.5" x 37.5", 2014

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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.

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Bart Pragnell: Inspired Movement

Bart Pragnell, untitled, watercolour on card, 31.3 X 47.9 cm, 1946

Bart Pragnell, untitled, watercolour on card, 31.3 X 47.9 cm, 1946

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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.

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Heather Benning: A Prairie Gothic: Let Our Fields Be Broader, But Our Nights So Much Darker

Heather Benning, The Altar, cedar, pine, chipboard, stain, oil paint, polyurethane plastic, fiberglass resin, polyester resin, glue, tin foil, silk flowers, wheat, yarn, metal, Styrofoam, rocks, auto-body paste, apoxi-sculpt, paper, 255 X 220 X 61 cm, 2013

Heather Benning, The Altar, cedar, pine, chipboard, stain, oil paint, polyurethane plastic, fiberglass resin, polyester resin, glue, tin foil, silk flowers, wheat, yarn, metal, Styrofoam, rocks, auto-body paste, apoxi-sculpt, paper, 255 X 220 X 61 cm, 2013

 

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.

Tour schedule

  • Art Gallery of Swift Current                     November 5 to December 30, 2016  
  • Mann Art Gallery, Prince Albert, SK         March 31 - May 13, 2017