JAN 9 - FEB 9
Har-Prakash Khalsa The HOLE Project
Har-Prakash Khalsa's 'The Hole Project' is an exhibition of 39 large-scale black-and-white photographs of the "gateways" of the human body: Eye, Nostril, Mouth, Ear, Vagina, Penis, Anus, and Anterior Fontanelle (the soft spot on the back of your head, where several cultures believe your spirit enters and exits). With integrity and reverence, Khalsa confronts the viewer with a room full of body parts usually too taboo to be shown in public space. Mouths are turned sideways suggesting vaginas, and nostrils and eyes are shown upside down making them almost unrecognizable. Anuses and vulvas two feet wide become a landscape of ripples. More awe-inspiring than shocking, the exhibition is, like one viewer commented, like inspecting a naked giant.
FEB 27 - APR 5
Bonnie Leyton / Undrea Norris Goddess Assembly Lines, Annual Women's Day Exhibition
For the Annual International Women's Day Exhibition, artists Undrea Norris and Bonnie Leyton examine the politics of style. Intrigued by the limitations of the skirt as a symbol of femininity, Norris asked local women to photograph themselves in their favourite skirt. Her new paintings depict five larger-than-life, Goddess-like images of women taken directly from polaroids and disposable camera shots. Leyton's collection of mixed-media and clay sculptures and small paintings examine fashion as a disguised form of bondage. From a non-critical point-of-view, Leyton camps up the many ways we alter our body to be perceived as sexy, from Cinderella's shoes to S/M.
APR 16 - MAY 17
Various Artists Four on the Floor
Curated and organized by Tara Bryan, Shawn O'Hagan, Elayne Noble and Isabella St. John, this fun group show invited 18 artists to pay homage to their canine friends (and foes!). Sculptures, carvings, hooked mats, drawings, paintings for people AND paintings for dogs, knitted sweaters and mixed-media books all examine the things dogs do best and like the most. Participating artists include: Omar Badrin, Tara Bryan, Sandra Cowan, Marlene Creates, Jack Eastwood, Linda Foulds, Susan Furneaux, Kathleen Knowling, Tania Lewis, Bonnie Leyton, Elayne Noble, Barbara Nye, Shawn O'Hagan, Nora Pyne, Isabella St. John & Barb Webb
MAY 28 - JUN 28
Andrew Van Schie / Pippa Cherniavsky Beneath Surfaces
Andrew Van Schie's new large oil paintings and works on paper explore the slow erosion of the influence of the Patriarch in modern North American society. Van Schie deconstructs Classical symbols of man and manhood using emotionally gripping colour and evocative symbolism.
Making art from the guts, Pippa Cherniavsky questions our society's hierarchy of intellect over intuition and rationality over emotion. In intimate self-portraits she speaks powerfully about her experiences of mind/body disconnection and self-loathing: "the often unutterable struggle of being human".
JUL 9 - AUG 15
Kristen Roos / Dorion Berg TRANSDUCTION
This sound-sculpture/installation has developed out of a previous collaboration by Kristen Roos and Dorion Berg called "Sound Experiments" (1998). In this new installation, a group of eight identical sculptures combine cannibalized pieces of outdated household electronics with drumskins & water. The sculptures act as bodies into which are fed electronic sound signals which they then transduce in different ways. There are three main points of transduction: One, sound signal being fed directly into old monochrome computer monitors, which produce different flashing patterns depending on sound intensity and frequency. Two, sound signal being fed into speakers at the apex of the sculptures, producing audible sound. Three, sound vibration traveling from the speakers along wire attached to a clear plastic drumskin filled with water, causing patterns of vibration on the surface of the water. The drumskins of water sit directly above the strobing monitor so that, when viewed from above, patterns on the monitor are modulated by patterns in the water. The end result has been described as being "beautiful" to "Frankenstein-like". The rhythms, drumskins and water suggest some of our oldest fascinations with sound; while the gutted monitors, amplifiers and speakers-relics of the 70's & 80's-are re-fused into these strange new vibrating bodies.
AUG 27 - SEP 27
Laura Sheppard / Paul Freeman Resting Place
Laura Sheppard will be exhibiting a new series of raku and sawdust fired clay sculptures based on the idea of building a house for an idea, a belief, or a soul. Sheppard's "houses" will explore different ways in which a shelter may be representational of who or what it is intended for.
Paul Freeman creates his work directly from a Canon CLC 700 Colour Copier. Each unrepeatable image is printed directly from plants and animals assembled on the copier glass at 360% - 720% larger than life. The careful and fragile arrangements are both tragic and beautiful, confronting viewers with the fragility of all life, and with death, but using the evocative, explosive colours of nature at its most intense.
OCT 8 - NOV 8
Year 01 Annual Eastern Edge Members' Exhibition
Twenty-five Eastern Edge members exhibit images that reveal the cultural, social, political, and economic realities of present day Newfoundland and Labrador.
Participating artists: George Adamcik, Angela Antle, Natalie BeauSoleil, Greg Bennett, Tara Bryan, Connie Burnett, Debbie Collingwood, Marlene Creates, Peter Drysdale, Cathia Finkel, Will Gill, Joan Harris, Terrence Howell, Audrey Hurley, Thomas Hutchings, Curtis Kilfoy, Kathleen Knowling, Bonnie Leyton, Annette Manning, Undrea Norris, Cherie Pyne, Nora Pyne, Eamonn Rosato, Bill Rose, Frank Shea & Louise Sutton
NOV 19 - DEC 20
Adrian Gollner / Simon Dragland Cold War / Hot Flashes
Simon Dragland presents a multi-media commentary on popular culture. A film-maker and photographer, Dragland incorporates music, film, and decomposing or antiquated objects into his investigation of physical, theoretical and social structures, how they function, and how we navigate our way through them.
Adrian Gollner offers a tongue-in-cheek look at popular media, suburban aesthetics, and boyhood's fascination with war in general -- the Cold War in particular. Gollner's multi-media approach includes poster-sized images of cold-war themes such as might appear on collector's cards. The artist has launched a 'Cold War' website, which may be accessed using the computer placed in the gallery for this purpose. 'Cold War' collector's cards will be available for purchase by gallery visitors.