Friday, July 27, 2018, 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Wed, Jul 18, 2018, 7:00 PM – Sun, Sep 23, 2018, 8:00 PM
July 18, 2018 to September 23, 2018
Curated by Crystal Mowry
Opening Reception: Wednesday 18 July, 7 pm
In horror and thriller cinematic culture there is a trope known as “final girl.” This term describes the common use of a female character who endures havoc to end up the lone survivor at the end of a film. This selection of works explores endurance as a strength that surfaces in images of or by women that can be found in the Gallery’s Permanent Collection.
Central to this exhibition is a pair of works by two of the most influential contemporary Canadian artists within the KWAG collection: Joyce Wieland and Shary Boyle. Painted by Wieland in 1988, Shawnadithit is a monumental painting of the young Beothuk woman who suffered settler violence and the dispossession of her traditional lands. A fiercely intelligent witness to genocide, Shawnadithit’s writings and drawings provide critical insight into the livelihood that had sustained her people.
Making its KWAG premiere since its acquisition in 2017, Shary Boyle’s Looney Tunes is a type of woodland chimera; a seated figure combining the youthful body of a woman and the cartoonish face of a witch. This figure conflates the opposing roles occupied by women in most conventional fairy tales– the virtuous maiden and the wrathful crone. Looney Tunes might be seen as a parable of the solitary woman, a trope within fairy tales that often signals a risk or a threat. Boyle, however, asserts that while her subject may be marginalized, rendered invisible or incomplete in the minds of others, her existence is an unmistakeable act of vigilance.
Sun, Jul 15, 2018, 3:00 PM – Sun, Sep 16, 2018, 4:00 PM
Experience wonder through the eyes of artists ManChoi Chow, Sophie Drouin, Wendy Fletcher, and Adrienne Zoe at Uptown Gallery’s Wonder exhibition. Uptown Gallery invites you to view the exhibition which runs from July 10th to September 16th, 2018. Come meet the artists at the opening reception on Sunday July 15th, from 2-4 PM. We hope you will join us!
Thu, Jul 12, 2018, 4:30 PM – Sun, Sep 9, 2018, 5:30 PM
- Idea Exchange
- 1 North Square,
- Cambridge, ON
Sat, Jul 7, 2018, 6:00 PM – Wed, Sep 12, 2018, 7:00 PM
- 101 Queen St N, Kitchener, ON N2H 6P7
The lives of artists – whether they be poets or painters – often make for excellent legends. In the case of the American poet Emily Dickinson (1830 – 1886), reclusive and non-conformist tendencies allowed the writer to create distance between her own interests and an inquisitive public. Known within her local community as “The Myth,” Dickinson honed her craft on her own terms and largely for her own pleasure. It was only after Dickinson’s death in 1886 and the posthumous publication of her letters and diaries that readers would encounter a version of the human condition that was uniquely hers.
The Brain is wider than the Sky draws its inspiration from a poem of the same name penned by Emily Dickinson. In this concise verse Dickinson offers a list of juxtapositions that invite us to see the human imagination as an instrument of sublime capability. Premiering new work by artists based within Waterloo Region and Wellington County, The Brain is wider than the Sky proposes a shared cerebral space within the architecture of the gallery.
Correspondence is a central theme that is woven through each of the works included in this exhibition. For multidisciplinary artist Tara Cooper, installation is a practice parallel to that of the travelogue. Combining abstraction and fragmented nautical references, Cooper creates an archive of a place one can never truly know. The gap between memory and reality is tested in Žana Kozomora’s suite of new lens-based works, in which the artist returns to her childhood home in Sarajevo and reconsiders its context through a tourist’s perspective. Site and history are similar preoccupations for painter Amanda Rhodenizer. Through the use of figuration and staged interactions in vacation homes, Rhodenizer explores the distance – both physical and emotional – that separates her subjects. For Hyang Cho, a misdelivered letter inspired a new project wherein correspondence and translation are redefined. Drawing inspiration from “fraktur” – a form of illuminated folk art associated with the Mennonite traditions of her youth – Meg Harder proposes an epic narrative set along the banks of an infinite river. Making the awe-inspiring relatable, Aislinn Thomas gathers accounts of a contemporary celestial event that can be understood as a people’s history of the sublime. Seen together, the works in this exhibition offer a glimpse into the distinct worlds that may exist between the ears of other people.
Fri, Jun 15, 2018, 6:30 PM – Sat, Oct 6, 2018, 5:00 PM
Sat, Jun 2, 2018, 10:00 AM – Sun, Jul 1, 2018, 5:00 PM
Sun, Apr 8, 2018, 2:00 PM – Sun, Sep 2, 2018, 5:00 PM
Sat, Mar 17, 2018, 10:00 AM – Sun, Aug 19, 2018, 5:00 PM
Wed, Oct 18, 2017, 7:00 PM – Wed, Aug 1, 2018, 10:00 PM