JAN 9 - FEB 20
Michael McCormack (NS) S.A.G.S.R.I
Jason Penney (NL/UK) Afterblast
On January 9th visit Eastern Edge Gallery for the first exhibitions of 2010! The Suitcase Art Gallery Space Research Institute (SAGSRI) launches its newest project. Newly opened, the St. John's branch of SAGRSI will host an installation of the mission's work to date - its continuing struggle to compete in the 'space race' - and share their story of exploration and its affects on both the traveler and the environment they visit. Michael McCormack is an interdisciplinary artist and art practitioner. He was the creator and custodian of the McCleave Gallery of Fine Art since 2002, until the suitcase gallery merged with SAGSRI in 2007. After several years of extensive traveling, Michael has returned to Halifax where he works as a representative of SAGSRI Maritimes, and as Director of Eyelevel Gallery.
In conjunction with the space mission, Jason Penney presents survival packs for drag queens and queers post-apocalypse in his exhibition Afterblast. After all the end of the world is near. Each purse contains a home adorned with found objects and reclaimed materials. A man climbing a bleak hill of debris, dressed for the future in discarded fashion co-inhabits the space. A look forward into a past future. Also presented Penney's automata sculpture featuring a cast of trash inspired characters, who, infused with a new mythology find themselves in a darkened alley compulsively performing and exploring each other
MAR 06 - APR 17
INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY EXHIBITION
Julie Lequin Top 30
Janice Yan Yan Wu Knitting Machine
An ode to turning 30, artist Julie Lequin has assembled a 3 channel video installation with two independent soundtracks. On the right channel she has invited various young women to memorize, sit and sing a song she has selected - one song for each of her thirty years. On the left channel one hears highlights/downfalls that occurred that particular year in the artists life. The middle channel is silent, and depicts various audio technology according to the 'fashion' of the time. Funny and just a little bit nerdy Julie's work is all about Julie.
A craft performance and technology mash-up. In Janice Yan Yan Wu's Knitting Machine, the immateriality of a craftperson's process is illuminated when a knitter's finger movements are mimicked by the kinetic dance of found objects. In this performance/installation, wine racks, motors and circuit boards are employed to conciliate the movement of the hand and body while the performer knits. The traditionally silent, immaterial movements of the maker become the starting point for contemplating time and experience thus shifting the focus from the hand made object to the process from which it is derived.
MAY 1 - JUN 12
Amalie Atkins Scenes From a Secret World
The Shed Collective Dark Night of The Ugly Stick
Scenes From a Secret World delves into the life/death/life cycle of fairy tales while proposing re-imagined archetypal characters: a wolf that is not evil and a damsel who is not in distress. Set in a fictional world that combines the distinctive atmosphere of chosen locations with a lyrical sound scape, the film and photographs investigate the interconnectedness of humans and nature. Amalie Atkins work is inspired by the repetitive tasks related to her textiles work, such as cutting and stitching, during which subconscious ideas emerge into stories and eventually story lines. Having studied at the Alberta College of Art and Design, Atkins currently lives and works in Saskatoon. Her work has been exhibited across Canada and in 2009 debuted in Berlin, Germany.
Dark Night of the Ugly Stick features a scale replica of a typical rural Newfoundland shed, found by many to be reminiscent of 'pop's shed'. This detailed world, filled with hand built tools, unfinished projects, memories, and odds and ends, is the playing space for a short film evoking the pathos of what will be lost when the last generation of pre-confederation Newfoundlanders has died, and younger generations have left these rural communities. The Shed Collective is a diverse group of local artists including filmmakers, visual artists and artisans brought together to create the setting for the short film "Dark Night of the Ugly Stick". Their collaboration has resulted in an evocative and meticulously detailed replica of a rural Newfoundland shed offering us an intimate glimpse into a disappearing way of life. The Shed collective includes: visual artists Scott Keating, Peter Drysdale and Monique Maynard; artist and puppeteer Darka Erdelji; writers/filmmakers David Keating and Jonathan Watton.
JUN 26 - AUG 7
Annie Dunning Air Time
Jon Sasaki On Purpose
Bruce Montcombroux Palanquin Park
Air Time is a musical collaboration with pigeons that celebrates urban ecology, the overlooked and the potential of the everyday. It includes a video, soundtrack, sculptures, photos and a poster. Annie Dunning employs a playful approach to nature and mystery. Empathy for the little guy, the overlooked and unconsidered leads Dunning to deal with mostly common items as subject matter. With an aesthetic that is influenced by craft and DIY style, Dunning explores what greater possibilities these objects might hold if released from their expected roles. She is interested in conflating the natural and human worlds. Her work focuses on rediscovering the potential of ordinary or common things, or viewing them from a slightly off-center, humorous perspective. Annie Dunning received her MFA from the University of Guelph in 2007. Her work has been presented in recent solo exhibitions at YYZ (Toronto) and The MacDonald Stewart Art Centre (Guelph) and in group exhibitions at the Georg Kolbe Museum (Berlin) and Art Metropole (Toronto).
Working in the vein of "romantic conceptualism," Jon Sasaki utilizes primarily performance-for-video, objects, installations and interventions in work that mixes humor and pathos, often with gently antagonistic results. His practice often suggests a near-inescapable cycle of trial and failure. However, though the work may be cynical on the surface, it invariably asserts a fervent, unabashed optimism lying just below. Jon's work has been presented in recent solo exhibitions at the Doris McCarthy Gallery, (UTSC) and Jessica Bradley Art + Projects (Toronto). He has participated in group exhibitions at VOX (Montreal), the Justina M. Barnicke Gallery (University of Toronto), the Owens Art Gallery (Mount Allison University, Sackville, NB) as well as the 2006 and 2008 editions of Toronto's Nuit Blanche. Upcoming solo exhibitions will be presented at 126 (Galway, Ireland) and the Kitchener Waterloo art Gallery. Jon was an active member of the Instant Coffee art collective between 2002 and 2007. He lives and works in Toronto.
Palanquin Park is about a searching for a place called home, while inventing maps that explore beyond geography to the possible intersection of place and belonging. Bruce Montcombroux explores invention, fabrication, bricolage, and makeshift structures. He is influenced by personal experiences of immigration, residing in isolated communities in Northern Canada, frequent moves, and many summers spent living in a tent trailer in various national parks. Questions about place and belonging, inoperative communities, and displaced populations form a subtext in his work. Bruce Montcombroux is a practicing artist, exhibits nationally and currently lives and works in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, where he graduated with an MFA from the University of Saskatchewan in 2007, and now teaches sculpture and extended media as a sessional instructor with the Department of Art and Art History.
SEPT 4 - OCT 16
Colin Lyons (QC) Oceanex Avalon
Yorodeo (NS) Three Dee Realms
Oceanex Avalon is a performative sculpture which enacts a ceremonial burial of remnants of Newfoundland's past economic cornerstones and considers the theme of industry through the lens of fragility and impermanence, mining the symbolic potential of traces and remnants. Using copper etching plates, Colin Lyons has constructed a model of a massive cargo ship which will be set out into a bath of etching acid and left to slowly erode throughout the duration of the exhibition, destroyed by its own means of production. Colin Lyons graduated from Mount Allison University in Sackville, New Brunswick, in 2007, and is currently pursuing a MFA in Printmaking at the University of Alberta.
Three Dee Realms pushes the limits of two-dimensional screen-printed images by exploring the process of anaglyphic 3D image making, as well as screen-printed sculptural paper-craft. Yorodeo is the name of Halifax-based screen-printing art team Seth Smith and Paul Hammond. The two partnered in 2003 primarily to design and create screen-printed show posters for local events. Over the last 6 years they have focused their collaborative energy on fine art prints and posters, among other projects. Their work draws inspiration from comic books, science fiction, fantasy and unintentional mistakes, fusing collage, doodles, carefully rendered illustration, pattern and texture.
NOV 6 - DEC 11
A-Z Annual Members' Exhibition
A IS FOR ART Fundraiser
In celebration of our 26th anniversary and in conjunction with the "A is for ART" fall fundraiser, this year's Annual Members' Exhibition is themed on the alphabet. The opening reception will be on Saturday, November 6th at 3pm.
For our 26th anniversary fundraiser, 26 past exhibiting artists have created artworks inspired by a letter of the alphabet that will be on display in the gallery from November 6th until December 11th and be reproduced as the pages of an art-themed Eastern Edge alphabet book.