Andrew Trudeau: Drawing Georgian Bay

Winter 2023/24 Exhibition at the MacLaren Art Centre

December 8, 2023 – March 17, 2024

Andrew Trudeau, Untitled # 14, c.2012, coloured pencil and graphite pencil on paper, 12″ x 17.5″

Andrew Trudeau: Drawing Georgian Bay

December 8, 2023 – March 17, 2024
Opening Reception: February 9, 2024 | 6:30 – 8:30 pm

Andrew Trudeau: Drawing Georgian Bay presents a series of drawings by Andrew Trudeau (1924-2013) that illustrate scenes ranging from hand-made boats and scoots to explorations of environmental and animal relationships. The drawings reveal Trudeau’s unique perspective on the world, one informed by the knowledge of his Métis ancestors who relocated to Penetanguishene from Drummond Island in the 1820s and 83-years of living off the land on the remote islands of Georgian Bay.

Trudeau began drawing late in his life, discovering a new way to express himself after moving to Hillcrest Home in Midland. Despite having limited used of his hands, weathered from years of manual labour, he patiently produced an impressive series of graphite and coloured pencil drawings. His renderings depict boats and scoots that he built over the course of his life, as well as imagined machines, designed for flight but never constructed. In other scenes, he depicts the intertwined lives of animals, fish, birds, humans, and the geographies of Georgian Bay all with equal presence, summarizing a lifetime of knowledge acquired on the land and on the water about how to live well together.

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Drawing Georgian Bay: Jo-Anne Parent and John Hartman in Conversation
January 14, 2024 | 1:30 pm
Explore the life and work of Andrew Trudeau through the memories of his daughter, Jo-Anne Parent, and friend, John Hartman. Together, the pair will discuss their personal relationships to Trudeau and his drawings, providing an intimate window into how Trudeau came to drawing later in his life and his unique style that aptly illustrates his unique perspective on the world.

Gretsky + Kats in studio

House for Sale
Gretsky + Kats

Continues to January 14, 2024

House for Sale brings together ten years of research by Innisfil-based artist duo Dmitry Gretsky and Eugenia Kats that explores the housing crisis in Ontario and related questions about migration, belonging, and concepts of home.

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Artist and Curatorial Tour with Gretsky+Kats
December 14, 2023 | 7:00 pm
Join Dmitry Gretsky and Eugenia Kats for a tour that takes visitors behind-the-scenes through House for Sale’s five installations, as we explore a decade of locally specific research into the housing crisis in Ontario, the artist’s personal experiences of migration, and the aesthetic motivations that shaped the exhibition.

Not for Sale! An Architectural Activist Campaign for Non-Alienated Housing
January 10, 2024 | 12:00 – 1:00 pm
Join Adrian Blackwell of Architects Against Housing Alienation (AAHA) for a talk about the collective’s transformation of the Canada Pavilion in Venice, Italy into a campaign headquarters for equitable housing. The project draws attention to the housing crisis being experienced by many communities across Canada and denounces how the real estate market converts homes into financial assets, aggravating a range of issues including a general lack of affordability, precarious housing, and homelessness.

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