LAUNCH OF ART GALLERY OF GUELPH WINTER EXHIBITION SEASON | WEDNESDAY JANUARY 18, 7 PM
This winter, the AGG presents a series of contemporary exhibitions and installations that engage and facilitate diverse cultural and creative experiences. Join us Wednesday, January 18th at 7 pm for a public reception to celebrate the opening of Contrarieties & Counterpoints: Recent Paintings by Melanie Authier, Colin Carney: Presence, and A Sense of Wonder.
CONTRARIETIES & COUNTERPOINTS: RECENT PAINTINGS BY MELANIE AUTHIER
Skillfully addressing two competing histories of style, in Contrarieties & Counterpoints Melanie Authier combines hard-edge and gestural abstraction to challenge and contradict assumptions associated with Western art traditions. Blending the gestural and geometric, each work layers acrylic, watercolour and ink to create “improbable environments” and visual spaces. Contrarieties & Counterpoints: Recent Paintings by Melanie Authier is guest curated by Robert Enright and organized by the Thames Art Gallery in partnership with the Ottawa Art Gallery, Art Gallery of Guelph, Kenderdine Art Gallery, Galerie de I’UQAM, MSVU Art Gallery, and the Musée régional de Rimouski with funding from the Ontario Arts Council’s Ontario, National and International Touring programs. The AGG is also grateful for support of the Government of Canada. read more >
COLIN CARNEY: PRESENCE
Presence features three new bodies of work by Guelph-based artist Colin Carney, incorporating large-scale photography, audio, and immersive video in a layered exploration of the poetics of space. Mapping a conceptual geography across three distinct gallery spaces, the exhibition examines the specificity of place and the inseparability of presence and memory. While Carney’s work has often been informed by his encounters with national and international locations, Presence activates the local landscape in a sustained investigation of the transformation of concrete places into subjective spaces: evolving amalgams of influences and impressions, past and present. Colin Carney: Presence is curated by Dawn Owen. read more >
A SENSE OF WONDER
As part of the AGG’s cultivation of emerging creative practices, A Sense of Wonder extends the gallery beyond its walls through innovative approaches to diverse and inclusive community engagement. Focusing specifically on d/Deaf and disability arts through the convergence of art and social practice, A Sense of Wonder is led by interdisciplinary Guelph artist Dawn Matheson in collaboration with d/Deaf and hard of hearing youth from across southern Ontario. The project engages multimedia, performance, and video to provide access and insight into d/Deaf arts in an exploration of the presence of deafness over the absence of sound. Curated by Dawn Owen, A Sense of Wonder is organized by the AGG in partnership with Ed Video Media Arts Centre and with support from The Guelph Community Foundation: Musagetes Fund. read more >
The Art Gallery of Guelph’s contemporary exhibition program is made possible through the generous support of the Canada Council for the Arts and the Ontario Arts Council. As always, admission is free. For directions and hours of operation, visit www.artgalleryofguelph.ca.
Image details, left to right: Melanie Authier, Ground Seeker, 2015, acrylic on canvas. 60" x 72"; Colin Carney, Norfolk at Night, 2016, digital c-print on Dibond, 60" x 40"; Dawn Matheson, from Feels Like Music, 2016, digital still.
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