Rodman Hall Art Centre/Brock University
WINTER EXHIBITIONS LAUNCH
Saturday, February 11, 2017
HOT TALK: Wayne Morgan and Sharilyn J. Ingram, "Making Art for the Market: Flexhaug in Context": 2 to 3 pm
Public Reception: 3 to 5 pm
A SUBLIME VERNACULAR
THE LANDSCAPE PAINTINGS OF LEVINE FLEXHAUG
Curated by Nancy Tousley and Peter White
Organized and circulated by the Art Gallery of Grande Prairie, Grande Prairie, Alberta
January 28 to March 12, 2017
A Sublime Vernacular offers the first overview of the extraordinary career of Levine Flexhaug (1918-1974), an itinerant painter who sold thousands of variations of essentially the same landscape painting in national parks, resorts, department stores and bars across western Canada from the late 1930s through the early 1960s. Whatever its variation, a Flexhaug image represents a Western icon, a silent unspoiled Eden that encapsulates the conventions of sublime landscape painting in a kind of painter's shorthand, and offers a point of entry for consideration of significant critical questions ranging from issues of taste, originality versus repetition in art, the appeal of landscape and its iconography.
A Sublime Vernacular: The Landscape Paintings of Levine Flexhaug acknowledges the support from the Museums Assistance Program of the Department of Canadian Heritage, the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, and the Canada Council for the Arts.
Curated by Marcie Bronson
February 11 to April 30, 2017
HOT TALK: Thursday, March 2, 7 pm, Donna Akrey in conversation with Marcie Bronson
Donna Akrey is interested in how habit shapes the way we experience and engage with the world around us. Rooted in her astute observation of patterns of communication and consumption, her work humorously intervenes to raise discussion about social and environmental issues, often responding directly to a particular site or community. Using common, surplus, and discarded materials to construct sculptures and installations that she describes as “ruminations on the spectacle of the unspectacular”, Akrey draws attention to the futility of the notion of “the ultimate” and the richness in the space between intention and result. Akrey explains: “I imagine the absurd as real, because sometimes the real is so absurd.” Alongside selected works from the last 15 years of her practice, this exhibition presents a site-specific outdoor installation created in collaboration with neighbourhood residents.
Rodman Hall Art Centre / Brock University
109 St. Paul Crescent, St. Catharines, Ontario L2S 1M3
905.684.2925 | brocku.ca/rodmanhall
Tuesday to Friday: 10 am to 5 pm
Saturday & Sunday: Noon to 5 pm
Closed Monday and statutory holidays
Admission is by donation ($5 suggested)
Contact: Danny Custodio, 905.688.5550 ext. 5802, firstname.lastname@example.org
Image: Levine Flexhaug, Untitled (Mountain lake with deer), nd. Collection of Wayne Morgan and Sharilyn J. Ingram, Grimsby, Ontario.
Image: Donna Akrey, Middle Ground, 2016, mirror, wood, insulation foam, casters. Courtesy of the artist.
Rodman Hall gratefully acknowledges the support of the Ontario Arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts.