2009 Exhibitions

2009 Exhibitions

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Fashion and Mimesis
Curated by Gary Genosko

December 19, 2009 - May 2, 2010
Opening Reception: Thursday, January 21, 2010, 7 - 9 pm
Associated Programming: VERVE, Friday, February 12, 8 - 11 pm

Maria Fernanda Cardoso is a Sydney-based multi-media artist who was born in Colombia. Her best known works involve video and photo-sculptural installations such as Flea Circus that deal with the lower orders of creatures, namely, insects. In all of Cardoso's work mimesis plays a vitally important role as a lens through which inter-species relations may be examined. In this exhibit Cardoso uses emu feathers to construct unique women's fashions and home accessories, while accompanying pieces reference stick-insect mimesis. Cardoso is notable for the animal materials with which she works, including cow bones, butterfly wings, and starfish.

Image: Maria Fernanda Cardoso, Black Ruana, 2008.


Monica Tap and Michel Daigneault

September 26, 2009 - January 3, 2010
Opening Reception: Thursday, October 1, 7 - 9 pm

This exhibition brings together the work of Monica Tap and Michel Daigneault, painters who explore issues of perception and representation through abstracted representations of natural and synthetic landscapes. Working from projected Quicktime video stills, Tap's paintings are rooted in her experience as a commuter watching the landscape whip by through the windows of buses, cars and trains. Each brushstroke traces a pixel of the still, giving the impression that the paint is pulled across the canvas by sheer speed. In contrast, Daigneault works with a personal vocabulary of motifs and approaches to painting, recombining and reconfiguring them in dreamlike images of internal landscapes populated by seemingly architectural constructs and broad fields of colour. Their affinity lies not only in the large scale of their abstracted landscapes, but also in the simultaneous construction and deconstruction of their source material.

Teachers: download an exhibition activity guide here.

Images: Michel Daigneault, Open Sky, 2006-2007, acrylic on canvas, 80" x 74"



Curated by Shirley Madill
September 19 – December 6, 2009

In 2004, as a means of subverting his tiny status as a singer and songwriter, Tor Lukasik-Foss began a series of performance works loosely organized under the title “Obscurity is the New Fame.” The idea was to explore the conditions of a public concert, to see how an audience would react the more constricted the performance area became (i.e. a public bathroom, stairwell, bus shelter, etc.). Encouraged by these experiments, he now devotes his time to the design and construction of performance sculptures, stages and furniture, which offer specific barriers and opportunities for the performer and audience.

Tor Lukasik-Foss is a visual artist, performer, and writer based in Hamilton, Ontario. He is a member of the artist collective TH&B, and performs under the name ‘tiny bill cody.

Image: Tor Lukasik-Foss, Protoscenia, 2009.



June 26 - October 18, 2009
Opening Reception: Tuesday, June 30, 4:30 - 6:30 pm

Organized & presented by Rodman Hall in partnership with Peter Vietgen, Department of Art Education, Faculty of Education, Brock University.

Responding to the installation Theatrum Mundi by Catherine Heard, this exhibition presents the "cabinets of curiosities" of senior visual arts students from West Park Secondary School in St. Catharines. Inspired by Heard and the Renaissance concept of the Wunderkammer, the students embarked on their own creative interpretations of the cabinet of curiosity through a consideration of their personal collections.

Image: Melissa McCarthy, My Box, 2009, mixed media.



June 12 - August 21, 2009
Opening Reception: Thursday, June 11, 7 - 9 pm
Associated Programming: VERVE, Friday, June 26, 8 - 11 pm

Slightly Unbalanced is an exhibition of works by artists who have focused on neurosis of various kinds in their work, using themselves and the people around them as fodder for their investigations. During the past fifteen years, inspired by the work of several prominent older artists, a younger generation has expanded the contemporary art vocabulary to encompass a subject that is now well known to the general public. The exhibition brings together 35 works by 18 artists or artists' groups who make use of psychology as a kind of lingua franca-we all know what the symptoms of neurosis are, if not the particular diagnoses.

Slightly Unbalanced is a traveling exhibition organized and circulated by iCI (Independent Curators International), New York. The curator of the exhibition is Susan Hapgood. The exhibition, tour, and catalogue are made possible, in part, by the Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, the iCI Advocates, and the iCI Partners.

Image: David Shrigley, Anti-depressants, 2002, Chromogenic print, 30 x 40 cm. Courtesy Galleri Nicolai Wallner.


Brock University Department of Visual Arts Honours Exhibition

April 3 – 26, 2009

Featuring the work of Dario Ayala, Evelyn Bialasik, Sonya De Lazzer, Nijah Emery, Jessica Hay, Meighan Healy, Anthony Perri, and Alana Schultz

The third floor studios of Rodman Hall have been a veritable incubator for creativity and experimentation over the past eight months. Working with faculty mentors Jean Bridge and Duncan MacDonald, the students in the Brock University Department of Visual Arts Honours Studio program have developed diverse artistic practices that reflect a wide range of explorations in contemporary art and culture.

The Department of Visual Arts has a long tradition of presenting the work of graduating students and its partnership with Rodman Hall has made the Honours Studio an especially valuable and fruitful experience. Students accepted into this course develop a cohesive body of work that will support their entry into graduate programs and professional practice as artists. This exhibition at Rodman Hall is the capstone of their visual arts education at Brock and an opportunity to publicly present the results of their exploration and hard work. Such programs from the Department of Visual Arts are a key part of the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts' mandate to build connections between the community and the breadth of talent and creativity at Brock University. 


Brock University Department of Visual Arts Student Juried Exhibition

March 6 – 26, 2009

Each year, students in the Department of Visual Arts at Brock University submit their strongest work for inclusion in an exhibition juried by leading Canadian arts professionals. Organized from the ground up by students, submissions are accepted from Visual Arts students in all levels of study. This year, jurors Beth Gibson and Rhona Wenger selected 31 works from over 75 submissions. Their selections include a range of media and provide a glimpse into the breadth of activity in the Visual Arts at Brock. Gibson and Wenger observed a strong painting contingent in the submissions, but noted that work in other genres stood out, as students find unusual ways to explore their subjects. Overall, the jurors were impressed by the diversity of the submissions and the students’ willingness to experiment in both traditional and new media.  


It’s Great to Be A Man In Times Like These

Curated by Marcie Bronson
January 10 – April 26, 2009

In 2006, Scott Waters followed India Company, Second Battalion of The Royal Canadian Regiment as they prepared for deployment to Afghanistan. In contrast to the ‘boredom and deviance’ of his own time as an infantryman after the Cold War, he found what he had hoped for as a teenager: an army with its eyes wide open and blood in its mission. The paintings born out of this experience examine the military as a society aspiring toward ideals of suffering and sacrifice for the greater good and consider the power of myth over personal experience.

Scott Waters received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Victoria in 1997, and his Master of Fine Arts in 2004 from York University in Toronto. Waters’ recent and ongoing work draws on his period in the Canadian Army from 1989 to 1992. Serving as an infantryman in the Third Battalion of Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry, Bravo “B” Company, he was stationed in Wainwright, Alberta, and Victoria, British Columbia.

Image: Scott Waters, WO Blackmore, 2008, acrylic and oil on plywood. 


Nostalgia for the Present

October 14, 2008 - February 15, 2009
Opening Reception: Saturday, November 8 at 3 p.m.
Artists' Talk: Saturday, January 17 at 2 p.m.

Curated by Carolyn Bell Farrell
Organized and Circulated by the Koffler Gallery of the Koffler Centre of the Arts, Toronto

Blue Republic has continued to produce installations that combine humour, wit and metaphor to stimulate discourse on political ideas, power structures and economic imbalances. Nostalgia for the Present, the collective’s exhibition, includes an array of discrete objects and site-related installations that further the artists’ explorations of urban culture. In this meta-city, artist members Anna Passakas and Radoslaw Kudlinski approach notions of utopia and dystopia though a fictional, futuristic lens, revealing the desires, fantasies and prejudices that drive our contemporary society.

In Nostalgia for the Present, Passakas and Kudlinski assemble artworks from discarded industrial materials and re-fashioned ready-mades, inviting reflection on the commonplace and the ideologies that inscribe them. Alluding to systems of authority, currencies of exchange, and habits of consumption, collection and waste, their project exposes the underlying mechanisms and motivations that govern society’s evolution.

Image: Blue Republic, Speeding from Beautiful Infections, 2008 (Koffler Gallery installation detail).


2008 Niagara Biennial

September 18, 2008 – January 4, 2009
Opening Reception: Saturday, September 20 at 2 p.m.

Featuring the work of Tobey C. Anderson, Jean Bridge, Sandy Fairbairn, John Gill, Matt Harley, Ernest Harris Jr., Melanie MacDonald, Tyler Manzon, Bill Ralph, Sheldon Rooney, John Venditti and Carolyn Wren.

Rodman Hall Arts Centre presents new!, the gallery's first group exhibition of contemporary artwork by Niagara artists since 2001. Rodman Hall Assistant Curator Marcie Bronson and Niagara Artists’ Centre Director Stephen Remus selected twelve works from over fifty submissions. The exhibition features works by both established and emerging artists working in a variety of media ranging from photography to video installation to painting.