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Two Legacies
Tanya Cunnington, Jill Price
December 1, 2018 to February 24, 2019
The Carnegie Room
Curator: Emily McKibbon
Artist Talk by Jill Price: Friday, January 11, 12:15 to 1 pm

Two Legacies brings together recent works on paper by regional artists Tanya Cunnington and Jill Price. While their artworks differ in many fundamental ways, both are engaged in an exploration of what Emily Dickinson describes as the two legacies of love: the joy of attachment and the pain of separation.

Price’s project, Lineage, is a material exploration of artifacts inherited by the artist from her grandmother. Using hand-knitted blankets as drawing devices, this Barrie artist methodically traces each stitch in a meditative process akin to the creation of the original covers. The works are abstract, fragile and reflective of the incomplete and ephemeral nature of memory itself. By contrast, Rama artist Tanya Cunnington’s series Cal.endar responds to her experience of becoming a mother and returning to the Orillia area. Working in her late father-in-law’s studio, the artist reflects on what we inherit, what we leave behind and how we create in the interstices between.

Jill Price has a MFA in Interdisciplinary Art Media and Design from OCADU and has exhibited throughout Canada. She is currently a PhD candidate at Queens University in Kingston. Tanya Cunnington has an Associates Degree from OCAD and has exhibited her work throughout Canada. She lives in the Orillia area, where she is Owner/Director of Lee Contemporary Art.

Fever Dreams: Figurative Works from the MacLaren’s Collection
December 1, 2018 to March 3, 2019
Gallery 3
Curator: Emily McKibbon

Fever Dreams presents figurative works drawn from the Collection of the MacLaren Art Centre. Dating from 1978 to 2000, the artworks in this exhibition highlight a seismic shift from a virtually monolithic focus on abstraction at mid-century to the more pluralistic artistic practices of the latter quarter of the twentieth century. Issues of identity, politics and representation are at play in much of the projects, responding to the recessions of the 1970s and 1980s, Indigenous activism, queer mobilization and feminist practice.

In a 1981 essay in October, renowned art historian Benjamin Buchloh describes the artists engaged in a return to figuration as “ciphers of regression,” artists whose practices represented a step backwards in the forward march of artistic progress. In contrast, Fever Dreams highlights the diverse and growing possibilities proposed by a younger generation of artists, planting seeds for the expanded field of artistic production we enjoy today. The artists featured in the exhibition include Carl Beam, Cathy Daley, Michael Davidson, Andy Fabo, Will Gorlitz, Dieter Hacker, Leopold Plotek, Jane Ash Poitras, Jeannie Thib, Renée van Halm and Shirley Wiitasalo.

Jason Dunda
A Hall of Unflattering Portraits
December 6, 2018 to March 10, 2019
Janice Laking Gallery
Curator: Emily McKibbon
Master Class with Jason Dunda: Friday, December 7, 10 am to 3 pm

A Hall of Unflattering Portraits highlights recent paintings and sculptures by Toronto-born, Chicago-based artist Jason Dunda. These portraits of well-known contemporary and historical figures are a darkly humorous indictment of authority and control, their subjects wearing power like ill-fitting costumes. Dunda’s research-based process begins with press photographs culled from international news agencies—including the MacLaren’s Sovfoto Archive—from which he builds figures carved from stacks of two-inch polystyrene foam. The figures are further abstracted through a watercolour sketching process until the subjects’ relationship to their source materials is untethered, the strange, final works neither observational nor imagined. This is the first Canadian presentation of Dunda’s new body of work, which highlights the sinister and laughable aspects of the scrolling headlines of the 24-hour news cycle.

Jason Dunda has shown his work internationally. He is a graduate of York University (BFA, 1995) and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (MFA, 2001) where he has taught since 2005.

Contributing Factors: Selections from Sovfoto
December 6, 2018 to March 10, 2019
Joan Lehman Gallery and
Guest Curator: Jason Dunda

Artist Jason Dunda presents photographs from the MacLaren’s Sovfoto Archive, a collection of 23,116 vintage Soviet press prints dating from the Stalinist period in Russia. Dunda utilized Sovfoto, as well as other international news agencies, in preparation for A Hall of Unflattering Portraits, his solo exhibition. Contributing Factors highlights Dunda’s singular eye and illuminates his working process.

Walter Bachinski
December 1, 2018 to February 18, 2019
Molson Community Gallery
Curator: Noor Alé

Allegories includes intaglio prints by distinguished regional artist Walter Bachinski from the MacLaren’s Collection that convey personal allegories drawn from imagined and historical influences. His portraits and still lifes are shaped by classical and contemporary affinities, hovering between figuration and abstraction. Delicate in their restraint and faithful to form, the works evoke a quiet introspection.

Image captions, left to right: Jason Dunda, Congressman Leo Ryan has seen better days, 2018, oil on linen, 116 x 142 cm. Photo courtesy the artist. Shirley Wiitasalo, Collection, 1984, oil on canvas, 122 x 183 cm. Collection of the MacLaren Art Centre. Gift of Gluskin, Sheff and Associates Incorporated, 1999. Photo: André Beneteau


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 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 Members, Patrons, Donors, Sponsors, Partners, the City of Barrie, the Ontario Arts Council, the Government of Ontario, the Canada Council for the Arts, Canadian Heritage and exhibition sponsor Barriston Law.

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 24, 25, 26, 31, January 1. Open Family Day February 18, 12 to 4 pm

Wheelchair accessible






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