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LAST CHANCE TO SEE
IN THE SHADOW OF THE MILLENNIUM

ON DISPLAY UNTIL JANUARY 01, 2017
GALLERY OPEN NEW YEARS DAY FROM 1-4PM
JUDITH & NORMAN ALIX ART GALLERY
SARNIA, ONTARIO


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Illustration by Raymond Biesinger, The Alchemist, 2016

Every woman and every man is a star

In the Shadow of the Millennium (ITSOTM) is a meditation at the intersection of the supernatural and the political as a platform for renewing social and ecological relationships. Seen through thirty-four materially alchemic, socially polymorphic artworks by artists from across the country, this exhibition beckons for a quickened return to and a reawakening of ancient knowledge.

Conjured through the syntax and symbols of magic, myth, luck, and ritual, a vision of the future reinvigorates our wondering, wandering minds, shaking us from the stupor of the 21st century and constant drive of the Anthropocene. Bear witness to the sincerity and generosity of the new sages and soothsayers, phantoms and fantasies, infused with a blend of ancient myth and individual autarky.

In the Shadow of the Millennium features artwork by Shuvinai Ashoona, Katie Bethune-Leamen, Shary Boyle, FASTWÜRMS, Claire Greenshaw, Maggie Groat, Inflatable Deities, Camille Jodoin-Eng, Jenine Marsh, Allyson Mitchell, John Noestheden, Noxious Sector, Emily Pelstring,Mitch Robertson, Cole Swanson, and Andrew Harwood.

Curated by Darryn Doull


ALSO ON EXHIBIT

LEADING THE WAY: EARLY CANADIAN WOMEN ARTISTS
NOVEMBER 4, 2016 TO FEBRUARY 20, 2017 (EXTENDED)
JUDITH & NORMAN ALIX ART GALLERY

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Exhibition Installation Photo

From the collections of the McIntosh Art Gallery and the Judith & Norman Alix Art Gallery.

During the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, women artists encountered many obstacles in the pursuit of their artistic careers. Marriage and family responsibilities, limited educational and professional opportunities and, in some cases, the requirement to be self-supporting all challenged their creative practices. As a result, they frequently chose subjects from personal experience such as landscape, portraiture, and still life. Consequently, their work was considered outside mainstream trends and attracted little attention.

This exhibition features early Canadian women artists from the McIntosh Gallery collection. Some, like Florence Carlyle, enjoyed national and international careers while others, such as Mackie Cryderman and Henrietta Hancock Britton, were also pioneering art educators who influenced subsequent generations. The exhibition also features a selection from the JNAAG collection, including Florence Wyle who was regarded as one of the finest figurative sculptors in Canada of her time, and Pegi Nicol McLeod whose paintings helped form the first wave of Canadian modernism. All of them persevered against prevailing restrictions to build a lasting legacy of visual creativity.

Curated by Catherine Elliot Shaw and Lisa Daniels.


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