Current Exhibitions

Current Exhibitions

 

 

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TRACE
Brock University Department of Visual Arts Honours Exhibition

March 22 to April 27, 2014
Opening Reception: Friday, March 21, 7 pm
Panel Discussion and Catalogue Launch: Friday, April 11, 7 pm

TRACE, the 2014 edition of the Brock University Visual Arts Honours Exhibition at Rodman Hall Art Centre, features artworks by seven graduating honours students from the Department of Visual Arts: Julia Chamberlain, Holley Corfield, Emma German, Amy Hansen, Stacey Kinder, Monique Mol, and Lauren Regier.

This exhibition is the culmination of eight months of work during which students have pursued the creation of a sustained body of artwork. Under the mentorship of professors Donna Szoke and Jean Bridge, students have each evolved individual creative approaches to the delicate complexities of memory, touch, presence and evidence.

The Department of Visual Arts partners with Rodman Hall to make it possible for graduating students to work in the studios at the gallery and engage directly with Curators Marcie Bronson and Stuart Reid and guest artists who exhibit at Rodman Hall throughout the year. In this stimulating environment, students are challenged to take their work from experimentation and making to professional-level production and exhibition. Students in the Honours Studio forge rigorous and impactful work within this unique context that enhances their future opportunities for graduate studies or professional creative practice with a strong portfolio.

Such exhibits from the Department of Visual Arts are key to the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts' mandate to connect the community with the breadth of talent and creativity at Brock University.

 

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JIMMY LIMIT
Recent Advancements

Curated by Marcie Bronson

January 18 to May 4, 2014
Opening reception: Thursday, January 23, 8 pm
Artist Talk: Thursday, March 27, 7 pm

Inspired by commercial photography practices and the design of industrial supply catalogues and weekly store flyers, Jimmy Limit builds and photographs simple constructions of hardware store goods, including tools, sporting goods, and housewares. Selecting his varied subjects for their aesthetic interest rather than function, Limit engages them from a strictly formal standpoint by stacking, balancing, and arranging them to establish interesting visual relationships that emphasize similarities or contrasts in colour, shape and texture. By taking common objects out of context, or altering their appearances through industrial techniques like powder coating and ceramic casting, Limit makes them seem strange and forces us to look at them in new ways. Treating the gallery like the experimental space of his studio, Limit presents a series of sculptural installations and photographs that explore the relationship between an object and its image, and consider how desire is created and sold.

Image: Jimmy Limit, Detail #2, 2014, vinyl photograph mounted on PVC. Courtesy of the artist and Clint Roenisch Gallery.

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MARY ANNE BARKHOUSE
Settlement

Curated by Stuart Reid
Presented by Rodman Hall Art Centre with financial support of the Government of Canada through Cultural Capitals of Canada, a program of the Department of Canadian Heritage

October 14, 2012 to September 29, 2013

Opening Reception: Sunday, October 14, 2 – 4 pm

In creating this new outdoor installation for Rodman Hall, Barkhouse examines issues of sovereignty and confederacy from an indigenous ecological vantage point. As an aboriginal woman, Barkhouse is mindful of the history of conflict imprinted on this region of Ontario, particularly during this bicentennial commemoration of the War of 1812. Many of the conflicts and alliances between First Nations and settling cultures that played out two hundred years ago are still unresolved today.

Settlement incorporates sculptural elements into an artist’s garden built in the shape of a frontier house (16 x 20 feet). Last spring, the artist planted a series of border gardens of indigenous plants including corn, squash, beans and quinoa. Situated in the interior spaces of the garden are life-size bronze sculptures of a coyote and a badger, alluding to the cooperative nature of the allies involved in the 1812 conflict. Badgers and coyotes are known to be cooperative hunters in their search for small burrowing animals in the wild. Barkhouse is interested in the contentious nature of territory as is relates to struggles over land, whether between humans, amongst animals or plants.

An illustrated catalogue featuring an essay by Stuart Reid and an interview with the artist by Michelle LaVallee, Associate Curator at the MacKenzie Art Gallery, Regina, will be forthcoming in 2013. This publication is generously supported by the Canada Council for the Arts.

Barkhouse was born in Vancouver and belongs to the Nimpkish band, Kwakiutl First Nation. She graduated from the Ontario College of Art and Design in Toronto and has exhibited her work widely. A member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts, her recent solo exhibition entitled Boreal Baroque toured Canada.

Associated Programs

HOT TALK: Mary Anne Barkhouse
June 21, 2013, 7- 9 pm
On National Aboriginal Day, join the artist Mary Anne Barkhouse for an illustrated lecture about her work and the outdoor exhibition Settlement.

In the meantime, check out this audiocast with the artist discussing some of her intentions behind the work: