Rodman Hall is in the provincial spotlight after receiving three nominations for the annual Ontario Association of Art Galleries (OAAG) awards.
The Brock-run art centre has been shortlisted for three awards — Art Writing, Art Publication, and Design, Exhibition Catalogue — through the provincial organization.
The nods were earned for Rodman Hall’s publication of The Radcliff Line and Other Geographies. The book is based on a 2015 exhibition of the same name, which was curated by the art centre’s Marcie Bronson and toured nationally.
The exhibition and catalogue bring together 20 years of work in sculpture, installation, video, photography and painting by artist Sarindar Dhaliwal.
Born in Punjab, India, Dhaliwal was raised in England until coming to Canada at the age of 15. Now based in Toronto, her work has been exhibited widely across Canada since the 1980s.
“It is the first comprehensive, in-depth consideration of Dhaliwal’s practice in 15 years,” says Bronson.
“For Rodman Hall, this significant exhibition raised the institution’s national profile for its record of providing a high level of support for artists and producing unique and substantial print publications.”
The catalogue brings together work from Dhaliwal’s career to create an immersive narrative on the significance of place and the dissonance of the immigrant experience. Multi-page images of Dhaliwal’s work are interspersed with poetry and essays from seven contributors.
The closing essay, The Sparrow’s Secret Song: Sarindar Dhaliwal and the Space-Time Continuum by Deborah Root, has earned the publication an Art Writing nomination, and Lauren Wickware’s design for the 224-page catalogue has earned a Design nomination. The book design takes its cue from Dhaliwal’s work and experiences, featuring a vibrant orange and purple cover.
The book has also been shortlisted for the Art Publication Award, alongside publications by Gallery 44 and the Art Gallery of Ontario.
The OAAG award winners will be announced at a gala event on Nov. 19. Rodman Hall won big at last year’s event, with Elizabeth Chitty’s The Grass is Still Green taking home Exhibit of the Year (Under $10,000).