JAN 16 - FEB 24
Les Newman (MB) The Death of the Party
Immony Men & Mira Lyn Lu (QC) Taking Care of Business
The Death of the Party continues an investigation of narrative structures and forms which has underscored Les Newman's work for the past 5 years, the assumed concreteness of the text and its meaning are juxtaposed with the "un-fixed" possibilities of colour and shape in this new series of 2 dimensional wall works. Generally influenced by his immediate cultural context, through a recent trip to Japan, snippets of overheard conversations, hackneyed movie dialogue and genuine statements of revolution rendered meaningless through constant reiteration have become text sources in these investigations of color syntax.
Immony Men and Mira Lyn Lu's Taking Care of Business is a performance installation where a multi-wall mural is created out of photo-printed post-its transforming the walls of the gallery with imagery reproducing an office environment. The main objective is to create a strong and disquietingly self-reflexive presence within their work environment, creating a work environment inter-layered with an art environment. Two openings will be held, one marking the beginning of the project and the second to close the project in order to be accessible and comprhensible, allowing spectators an intimate look at artists creating.
MAR 10 - APR 21
Kim Waldron (QC) The Dad Tapes / The Mom Photographs
Michael Young (NL/NS) Tell me about it
"The Dad Tapes / The Mom Photographs is a family's history of getting ready for a picture. A video projection, entitled Chronology, pairs home-video footage recorded by my father with family photographs simultaneously taken by my mother throughout the past 30 years. In an attempt to capture one's life on film, with each placement of a body and adjustment of a smile, the moment is altered. My parents' need to document, rather than simply experience their family life, is driven by a want to express their love and hold on to the slippery instances that provided that love. All the preparation for the recording opposes the living breathing moment, yet these images allow us to remember."
"As quoted from artist Mike Kelley, 'If you don't create your own history, someone else will.' The drawings and prints in Tell me about it obsessively record narratives from the past and present focusing on identity, sexuality and communication. I 'm interested in preserving stories I thought were important, the book portion of this project groups several narratives together in no particular order, more or less how I found them. I acknowledge the process of change in stories as they are passed on from person to person; many of the stories I've illustrated are intentionally exaggerated and reinterpreted in my drawings, offering a truly one-sided perspective. On another level I am interested in illustrating stories that might have never been told or that no one else noticed. I've chosen to install several sketches and unpolished prints as opposed to showing the finished book along with framed prints and drawings on their own to present my research and thought process for the work."
MAY 5 - JUN 16
Kathryn Ruppert-Dazai (ON) I will be alright, you will be ok
Elaine Davis (NL) Pathological Truther
Ruppert-Dazai combines her knowledge of painting techniques, composition and colour theory along with the story telling components of traditional craft to animate her personal narratives in textile with this series of large scale, eclectic materials (vinyl shower curtains, dog hair, bark, 23 carat gold and more) textile collages addressing concerns of a disconnection with one's self. Kathryn Ruppert-Dazai graduated in the Interdisciplinary Arts Department from the Ontario College of Art and Design in 1997. Ruppert-Dazai's work is indicative of her integrated education. She combines her knowledge of painting techniques, composition and colour theory along with the story telling components of traditional craft to animate her personal narratives in textile. Ruppert-Dazai has exhibited with galleries in Toronto, The Netherlands, Vancouver, New York, Ottawa, San Diego, Tokyo and Montreal, with reviews in Border Crossings and Flash Art International.
Salon style installation of beadwork portraits, kitsch and naive which delve into human nature, story telling and struggles with sincerity and insecurity. "Pictures and words help me form thoughts about all of life's good guys and bad guys. Art is the easiest way to tell the world to shut up without being mean about it. Art is the meanest way to say 'I love you'. But it's not like I have the confidence to say it any other way." Elaine Davis is a self-taught bead artist from St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada. Fifteen years of obsessive creative energy has deveopled her artwork into the intricate beaded images she makes today. She did a lot of sewing all through her childhood and simple sketches through her teens. And at sixteen she began simple beadwork: stitching bead trims to clothes and making fringes.
JUN 30 - JUL 7
pARTicipACTION in your ENVIRONMENT 3R Exhibition
Artists: Will Gill, Tara Bryan, Craig Francis Power
Art conservator: Miki Lee and
Health promotion coordinator:Myriam Beaulne
Submitted by the general public in view of Eastern Edge's first Recycled Materials Arts Festival, the works presented in the 3R exhibition embody a form of recycling that differs from the weekly curb side disposal of plastic, metal or paper materials with which we are familiar. They involve a certain kind of artful waste management: rather than being picked up and processed by the municipality, the materials that compose these works have been collected and worked into original creations by artists.
SEPT 8 - OCT 20
Rachel Beach (NY) Six of One
Dan Brault (QC) The Gorilla Mongrelization
Six of One combines elements of painting and sculpture within her constructs that hang on the wall and contain illusion like painting, as 3-dimensional objects that have a factual relationship to space and to the spectator. These pieces contain 2-D images that use illusion, but unlike traditional paintings that offer a window into space, they don't transport the viewer anywhere fictional, only back to the actual object.
The Gorilla Mongrelization is constructed on a recurrent interest in the confrontation of eclectic imagery, fascinated by the interconnections created when two paintings are brought together to form a mongrel. A selection of erratic imagery in divers styles installed as a network of dialogue with disparate visuals takes on the physical environment of the gallery.
NOV 3 - NOV 24
RESIDENCY St. Michael's printshop Visiting Artists 2006-2007
Each year, St. Michael's Printshop becomes a temporary home for six visiting or local artists, allowing them to concentrate on printmaking projects and techniques throughout a one-month stay. Artists are given access to studio facilities and are exposed to the region and its artists. In turn, they offer workshops for the community and donate a selection of prints to the Printshop's archives. This exhibition offers a survey of the work produceed in the 2006 and the 2007 Artist Residency program.
Participants: Jackie Barrett, Jennifer Barrett, Barbara Beisinghoff, Mark Bovey, Tara Bryan, Shirley Greer, Craig Francis Power, Vanessa Hall Patch, Raina McDonald, Anita Singh and Robert Truszkowski.