JAN 12 - FEB 23
Chris Flanagan (Australia/ON) The Devil's Chord
An interactive installation based around 1980's computer games requiring the gallery visitor to participate in the narrative by following clues to reach an ultimate conclusion. Computer games were based around simple morality choices where winning was a choice between good and evil, the gallery setting is transformed into a game where choices have to be made and the viewer accesses different visual information. Chris Flanagan is a graduate of the South Australian School of Art, and a co-founder of South Australia's artist-run Downtown Art space. He has exhibited in numerous public galleries, around his native Australia and participated in the Gibraltar Point International Artists' Residency, Toronto in 2005. His installation practice is as aesthetic as it is conceptual, based around meticulous sculptural making and often incorporating sound, video, and lo-fi mechanical technologies.His reference points include urban myths, politics, cult schlock, and his enormous record collection. He now splits his time between Australia and Canada.
MAR 08 - APR 19
Kristy O'Leary (NS) newseason.ca
Lisa Lipton (NS) High on a Hill
newseason.ca is an online environment, based on deconstructed topographic maps, where one can experience elders revealing their memories of weather and their observations of climate change. Kristy O'Leary (b. 1977, Perth Ontario, Canada) works in installation, audio, web design and single-channel video. Her work has been exhibited at The Kyber Centre, Saint Mary's University Art Gallery and The Anna Leonowens Gallery.
High on a Hill is a multi-media installation that exposes a romance bond between two children of the Alps – Miss Heidi, the classic fairy tale mountaineer and a young goat herder, and the impracticality of their cliché romance in the light of global warming. In effect, Lipton is attempting to juxtapose certain environmental realities (i.e. melting snow caps) upon the realm of traditional Hollywood cinema, in order to disrupt naive utopian ideologies as well as address issues of climate change. Maritime-born artist, Lisa Lipton, received her B.F.A. from the NSCAD University in 2003, and M.F.A. from the University of Windsor in April 2006. Her installations combine the mediums of sculpture, video, performance, costumes, music and dance. She has exhibited her work on both a national and international level, most notably within Toronto, Windsor (AGW), New York, Detroit, Texas, North Carolina, Berlin. Currently, Lisa has been working out of her studio in Halifax, Nova Scotia and preparing for upcoming exhibition at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia.
MAY 3 - JUN 14
John Dummett (UK) Remember we are all here
Mario Doucette (NB) Histoires
John Dummett's "Remember we are all here" is a socially engaged examination of the language used in current debates of community and social integration. The installation provides an intimate space for a public mourning of the loss of shared values. Over the past 10 years, John Dummett has developed socially engaged projects in a variety of contexts including country parks, civic spaces, and galleries and in book form. Recent works have explored the language used in current debates on community and social integration.
Acadian artist Mario Doucette has shown professionally since 1998. He has shown in different mediums - drawings, paintings, performances, videos and super8 films - within the confines of exhibits and events in Canada and beyond (France, Haiti, and Dominican Republic). Active in his artistic community, Mario is a member of Collectif Taupe. In 2004, a residency in Brouage, France, resulted in Histoires, a series of works half-drawing and half-painting that continues to inspire thoughts and reflections on the effects of colonization. Histoires is Doucette's recent body of paintings depicting historical battles between opposing nations, exploring two alternative, imaginary outcomes. Doucette's paintings reverse the roles of conquerer and conquered and examine the destructive nature of war.
JUN 28 - AUG 2
Kristen Roos (BC) The micro radio project
Jennifer Dorner (QC) Sky Vessels
The micro radio project is a mobile sound installation, and a live sound collage performance, using lathe cut records, cassettes and a radio transmitter it pays homage to the history of the phonograph, tape and radio as tools for the development of experimental sound art. (www.microradio.ca). Kristen Roos' sound and installation usually involves a translation, or change, from one state to another. Objects normally used to bring information in a particular way are repurposed, and reconstructed into new vibrating forms. These temporary structures hope to inspire infinite interpretations for the objects and spaces that make up the world around us. His work has been aired on experimental radio programs internationally, and exhibited in artist-run centers and festivals nationally. He has completed a BFA at Concordia University and an MFA at the University of Victoria.
Sky Vessels is an exhibition of paintings, an artificial sky built panel by panel with miniscule elements that highlight the bizarre attributes of leisure activities emblematic of western culture. The small and detailed representation of leisure activity combined with transport vehicles acts as the catalyst for disrupting the painting field. Jennifer Dorner, originally from BC, received her BFA from the University of Ottawa, and MFA from the University of Western Ontario. Previously Director of eyelevel gallery in Halifax, NS, she is now based in Montreal, QC, pursuing her multi-disciplinary artistic career and as National Director of the Independent Media Arts Alliance. Recipient of several grants and awards through the Ontario Arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts, in 2004, her work was short-listed for the Atlantic region for the RBC National Painting competition. Her work has been exhibited in group shows across Canada including the "Jennifer Show" curated by Jenifer Paparo for the Oakville Galleries and "So Far So Good" at YYZ artists' outlet. She has taught at the University of Western Ontario, Dundas Valley School of Art and has a strong passion for advocating for the arts with an emphasis on artist-run culture.
SEPT 6 - OCT 18
Kym Greeley (NL) TCH
Scott Rogers (AB) Miniature Sears Towers
TCH is a new series of paintings which takes as its central theme an exploration of Newfoundland landscape. Greeley seeks to simplify this representation to create a more mediated interpretation, where the geography of Newfoundland can be appreciated in a more graphic form. These paintings do not romanticize the natural environment, but rather reveal a more transparent and direct observation of the landscape, as we would experience it. As such roads and highways, rather than being edited out, are included in the images, as it is from that vantage point that most of us experience the natural geography. Kym Greeley graduated from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in 1997, and attended the Cooper Union School For The Advancement of Art and Science in NYC in 1996. She lived in NYC from 1997-2003 showing in Germany, Canada and the US, until moving back to St. John's in 2003. She is now primarily painting and screenprinting and is exhibiting in both artist-run and commercial galleries in Canada, and has shown in Canada's MIX Magazine. Greeley is involved in the St. John's arts community, sitting on the Board of Directors at A1C Gallery. She is also showing this year at the Sir Wilfred Grenfell College Art Gallery, A1C Gallery, Christina Parker Gallery, and following a four month-long residency she will be exhibiting at The Rooms in February 2009.
Miniature Sears Towers consists of three scale cardboard replicas of Bruce Graham's archetypal skyscraper in Chicago, Illinois. Each replica is constructed through a different method of production (from custom fabrication to hand construction) and utilizes various shipping networks for delivering the object/material to Eastern Edge Gallery. The exhibition is concluded when the cardboard towers are recycled and returned back into circulation as packaging. Scott Rogers is a visual artist, writer and facilitator currently based in Calgary, Canada. His practice combines studio and academic research into site-specific, ephemeral, lo-fi and collaborative projects. He has shown his work in group and solo shows throughout Canada as well as internationally in Germany, the United States and Ireland. Upcoming solo and two-person exhibitions include Eyelevel Gallery (Halifax), Galerie Sans Nom (Moncton) and Stride Gallery (Calgary). Scott is artist in residence at Church Basement in Saskatoon for the month of July 2008 and will be participating in residencies in Iceland and the Yukon in 2009.
NOV 22 - DEC 20
Reflecting Members Annual Members' Exhibition
Artists: Josh Lepawski, Erin McArthur, David Kaarsemaker, Margaret Ryall, Jackie Alcock, JC Bear, Evelyn Peyton Murphy, Cathy Driedzic, Ivan Coffin, Monica Kidd, Julia Pickard, Danielle Lemelin, Ruby LeRiche Beaumont, June Walker Wilson, Andrew Collins, Darren Whalen, Margaret Walsh Best, Debbie Collingwood, Paola Andrea Guzman Rodriquez, Kathleen Knowling, Iakof Afanassiev, Peter Drysdale, Barbara Burnaby, Heather Millar, Kent Peyton, Kent Barrett, Kym Greeley, Jonathan Green, Will Gill, Mary MacDonald, Michelle Bush, Mark Adams, Cathia Finkel, Natalie Beausoleil, Kara-anne Fraser, Yuri Andrejowich, Toby Rabinowitz and Peter Wilkins.