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THE NEXT 7 DAYS:     EVENTS (6)     +     OPENINGS (2)     +     DEADLINES (8)     +     CLOSINGS (15)
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Again and Once More, Again
Kristie MacDonald, Myfanwy MacLeod, Mitch Robertson
December 3, 2016 to March 5, 2017
Gallery 3
Curator: Emily McKibbon
Reception: Thursday, December 8, 7 to 9 pm
Artist Talk by Myfanwy MacLeod: December 7, 10:30 am, Campus Gallery, Georgian College. Admission free

In Again and Once More, Again artists Kristie MacDonald (Toronto), Myfanwy MacLeod (Vancouver) and Mitch Robertson (Toronto) work with archival and found photographs as starting points to address failed or incomplete histories, troubling outdated assumptions while generating new narratives.

Robertson’s work examines the convoluted and fantastical history of Oak Island, Nova Scotia, with ten hand-painted versions of an identical gelatin silver print offering ten possible explanations of the treasure hidden there. MacDonald restages and repairs torn photographs of people she finds in her daily life, undoing these acts of anger. MacLeod engages with the MacLaren’s collection of Soviet-era press photographs, creating a series of flags featuring cheerleaders in rare moments of introspection, complicating notions of camp, gender, athleticism and nationalism. A transmutation is at play in each of these disparate works, suggesting that passionate failure is as generative a starting point as any.

In Every Direction
Jessica Hein, Sylvia Matas
December 8, 2016 to March 12, 2017
Janice Laking Gallery
Curator: Renée van der Avoird
Reception: Thursday, December 8, 7 to 9 pm

In Every Direction brings together works on paper by two Canadian artists whose drawings invite contemplation on the complex nature of human experience. The artworks of Jessica Hein and Sylvia Matas resemble maps: symbolic depictions of relationships between spatial elements. Like cartographers, both artists observe, interpret and chart natural phenomena. However, where a mapmaker strives for objective accuracy, Hein and Matas pursue a more subjective goal: to explore the crossover between psychological landscapes and the natural environment. Neither navigational nor to-scale, their maps open new possibilities for imagining the world around us.

Jessica Hein received her Master of Visual Studies at the University of Toronto in 2013. She has exhibited in Halifax, Stouffville and Toronto. Originally from Sudbury, she lives in Toronto. Sylvia Matas is an interdisciplinary artist from Winnipeg. She received a Master of Fine Arts from the Chelsea College in London, England in 2008. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, most recently in Winnipeg, Reykjavik and Toronto.

Look Once, Look Twice: Altered Photographs from the Sovfoto Archive
December 3, 2016 to March 5, 2017
Joan Lehman Gallery
Curator: Emily McKibbon
Reception: Thursday, December 8, 7 to 9 pm

Look Once, Look Twice presents altered photographs from the MacLaren Art Centre’s collection of Soviet-era press photographs. The Sovfoto Archive comprises 23,116 vintage gelatin silver prints dating from 1936 to 1957, all originating from New York-based press agency Sovfoto. This collection has a particular focus on World War II and its aftermath, as well as Soviet life in the pre-war and post-war periods. Established in 1932, Sovfoto received state-sanctioned photographs from the Soviet Information Bureau (Sovinformburo) on consignment. Photographs were selected, often retouched, and appended with English captions, all before leaving the USSR. Sovfoto later became Sovfoto/Eastfoto and continues to operate under that name.

The majority of images in this exhibition were retouched for print legibility, with backgrounds removed or simplified and highlight details sharpened. While these changes may have been made to clarify the image for halftone reproduction, these alterations remain a cogent reminder that the “truth” of a photograph isn’t always fixed in photochemistry.

Guarding Landscape
December 8, 2016 to March 5, 2017
The Carnegie Room
Curator: Renée van der Avoird
Reception: Thursday, December 8, 7 to 9 pm

IAIN BAXTER& is one of Canada’s leading conceptual artists. For over forty years, he has been working in various media including painting, drawing, sculpture, installation and performance. This selection of monoprints from the MacLaren’s collection highlights BAXTER&’s use of satire to make social and ecological commentary. This prolific artist challenges conventions of landscape and still life genres by incorporating seemingly disconnected images in highly graphic, pop art-inspired compositions. These playful works look critically at contemporary culture, highlighting the commodification of our landscape and our dependence on consumer goods.

IAIN BAXTER& is a Professor Emeritus at the School of Visual Arts University of Windsor. He has received numerous awards including a Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts in 2004 and was named an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2003. Reflecting his lifelong approach to non-authorial art production, BAXTER& legally appended an ampersand sign to the end of his last name in 2005.

Image captions: Jessica Hein, The colour of there from here E’N, 2013, graphite on paper, 130 x 130 cm (left); Myfanwy MacLeod, Flagspreader, 2016, nylon fabric, wooden flagpole, brass acorn finial, 386 x 252 x 28 cm. Photo: Dennis Ha (right). Images courtesy of the artists.


About the MacLaren Art Centre
The MacLaren Art Centre is the major public art gallery in central Ontario serving the residents of Barrie, the County of Simcoe and the surrounding area. The Gallery has a permanent collection of over 27,000 works of art and presents a year-round programme of innovative world-class exhibitions, education activities and special events.

The MacLaren Art Centre gratefully acknowledges the ongoing support of its Friends, Patrons, Donors, Sponsors, Partners, the City of Barrie, the Ontario Arts Council, the Government of Ontario and the Canada Council for the Arts, Canadian Heritage and exhibition sponsor Barriston Law LLP.

Gallery Location
37 Mulcaster Street, Barrie, Ontario, L4M 3M2, 705-721-9696
From Toronto: From highway 400 north, 90 km north of Toronto, take the Dunlop Street East exit to Mulcaster Street and turn left. The MacLaren is one block north on the right hand at the intersection of Collier Street and Mulcaster Street.

Gallery Admission
Suggested admission $5

Gallery Hours
Monday to Friday 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am to 7:00pm
Saturday and Sunday 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Closed December 25, 26 and January 1. Open Family Day, February 20, 2017, noon to 4 pm.

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