May 25 to September 2, 2018


Thursday, May 24, 7 pm

Carry Forward

Maria Thereza Alves, Marjorie Beaucage, Deanna Bowen, Dana Claxton, Brenda Draney, John Hampton, Jamelie Hassan, Mike MacDonald, Nadia Myre, Krista Belle Stewart, Maika’i Tubbs

Curated by Lisa Myers
Organized and circulated by Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery

Documents, such as contracts and treaties, are officiated in the stasis of printed word, indicating sociopolitical biases and attitudes of a specific moment. The complex history of documentation through film and photography entangle power relations or trouble how we separate authenticity from fiction; the colonial gaze from the Other; and propaganda from ideology. As a form of “official” information, they reveal not only that which is deemed worthy of public record, but also the relationship between those on either side of the camera. Carry Forward will convene artworks that propose different modes of understanding how realities are registered, contested, and even fabricated within the framework of an archive.

Image: Dana Claxton, AIM #3, ed. 1/4, 2010. C-print on archival paper, 152.4 cm X 106.7 cm. Collection of John Cook. Courtesy of the artist.

Art-Making with Family Photographs and Archives

July 17 to September 2
Opening Reception:
July 17, 5:45 to 6:45 pm

The Cogeco Lobby (Film House), First Ontario Performing Arts Centre
250 St. Paul Street, St. Catharines

This exhibition is of art made by 14 to 18 year old youth who worked with Brock University Assistant Professor of Visual Art Amy Friend to create original works using their own family documents, based on the exhibition Carry Forward. The youth had deepened access to Carry Forward, then conceptualized, planned, and executed their work at Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts within a cross-cultural learning environment. Family documents were a springboard for visual exploration of camera-less techniques, allowing the youth to bring the ideas of Carry Forward into their own lives and experience.

Art-Making With Family Photographs and Archives is a partnership between Rodman Hall Art Centre and the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts. The exhibition is presented in partnership with the City of St. Catharines. Special thanks to Brock University’s Registrar’s Office – Liaison.

May 8 to September 2, 2018


Thursday, May 24, 7 pm

Ernest Harris Jr.

Presented in conjunction with Up close and in motion

St. Catharines-based artist Ernest Harris Jr. hot-wires pop culture imagery to reveal paradoxes, disconnects, and resonances embedded in social constructs and cultural assumptions. For this artist project in Rodman Hall’s Hansen Gallery, Harris responds to the next four phases of Up close and in motion, which brings together a selection of artists that are closely linked to St. Catharines. Displayed in dialogue with Harris’s project, the selected works draw intersections between important artists who lived and worked in our community from the early 1960s to the present. Often recording details of their immediate surroundings and elements of everyday life, the artists represented have made important contributions to the development of local artist-run culture. Tying together what he learned from these artists, many of whom are peers, mentors, and friends, Harris stimulates an active exchange between multiple generations of St. Catharines-based artists that have been both influential and relevant to his practice.

Ernest Harris Jr., St. Paul’s Variety Meatball, 2017, ink and watercolour on paper. Image courtesy of the artist.

January 27, 2018 to January 20, 2019

Phase 5/11 on view until
June 30, 2018

Opening reception

Saturday, January 27, 2 pm

Up close and in motion

Selected Works from the Permanent Collection

Curated by Emma German

Rodman Hall Art Centre is home to a collection of nearly 1,000 works from the past three centuries, with a growing focus on current practices in contemporary Canadian art. The permanent collection is the result of a legacy of art collecting and philanthropy dating back to 1960 when Rodman Hall Art Centre was established as a public art gallery by community members. Up close and in motion, a year-long constantly changing exhibition, is an effort to make Rodman Hall’s holdings visible while highlighting the collection’s purpose as a tool for research, study, and interpretation.

Up close and in motion features installation changes throughout its duration to slow down the act of viewing and stimulate close looking. Works enter the space, and then leave the space – the cycle occurs continuously over the course of the exhibition period, forming new iterations of itself with each shift. By dismantling the structures of linear display practices, Up close and in motion frames the exhibition space as flexible, and makes visible the institutional practices concerning the permanent collection’s scope and care.

With a focus on recent acquisitions of contemporary Canadian art, Up close and in motion examines Rodman Hall’s recent exhibition history alongside the permanent collection. Tracing important developments in contemporary art across genres such as hybridity within material structures, sculptural experimentation, performative gesture, and time-based media, many of these works will be displayed for the first time since being acquired for Rodman Hall’s permanent collection.

At this moment, we invite you to experience the permanent collection and consider the role it plays in representing our common aspirations, collective imagination and community spirit. Help celebrate this invaluable resource and support our commitment to a sustainable future.

Image: Rodman Hall archives