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.

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.