Summer Exhibitions at the MacLaren Art Centre



Derek Sullivan
June 29 to October 27, 2019
Gallery 3 and the Carnegie Room
Curator: Emily McKibbon
Reception: Thursday, July 4, 7 to 9 pm

In his multidisciplinary practice, Toronto artist Derek Sullivan employs drawing, sculpture, bookworks and installation to engage with the legacies of modernist art and design. His major solo exhibition at the MacLaren, installed in two galleries, explores what Sullivan describes as “the poetics of distribution,” bringing together sculptural and drawn works that examine how books are printed, assembled and disseminated. This exhibition is accompanied by a critical text by Los Angeles-based artist and writer Jen Hutton.

Derek Sullivan is a graduate from York University (BFA, 1998) and the University of Guelph (MFA, 2002). His recent solo exhibitions include those at Galerie Antoine Ertaskarin, Montreal; Susan Hobbs, Toronto; Dunlop Gallery, Regina; Oakville Galleries; Modern Fuel, Kingston; and Galerie Emmanuel Hervé, Paris. His work is held in the collections of the Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Kingston; Art Gallery of York University, Toronto; the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa; the Getty Museum Archives and Library, Los Angeles; the Bibliothèque Kandinsky, Centre Pompidou, Paris; and others.

What is here has echoed
Therese Bolliger, Aidan Cowling, Yam Lau, Max Lupo, Ève K. Tremblay, Olivia Whetung
July 4 to October 27, 2019
Janice Laking Gallery
Curator: Emily McKibbon
Reception: Thursday, July 4, 7 to 9 pm

This group exhibition looks at artistic strategies to manifest, memorialize or make permanent language or knowledge at risk of being erased. Therese Bolliger (Toronto) and Ève K. Tremblay (Montreal/Plattsburgh, NY) examine personal experiences: Bolliger explores moments of intense engagement with artworks while Tremblay shares her experiences at the edge of a threatened landscape. Video installations by Aidan Cowling (Guelph) and Yam Lau (Toronto) reveal encounters with specific communities: Lau’s project examines Nüshu, a written syllabary used by women in the Jiangyong region of feudal China; and Cowling, demagnetized tapes of erotica from the collection of the ArQuives, Toronto. Max Lupo (Newmarket) renders authorship algorithmic, coding a machine to generate texts using the voices of Nietszche, Shakespeare and Gertrude Stein. Olivia Whetung (Chemong Lake) translates digital photographs of the natural world into beadworks, suggesting time signatures and cultural practices much longer than colonial ones. As a whole, What is here has echoed offers a glimpse into how artists encode memory into works intended to withstand the exigencies of time.

Lucille Oille
Uninterrupted Eden
May 25 to October 13, 2019
Molson Community Gallery
Curator: Noor Alé
Reception: Thursday, July 4, 7 to 9 pm

Lucille Oille (1912-1997) was a regional artist and illustrator whose works appeared in newspapers and prominent books of the mid-20th century. Uninterrupted Eden features a selection of Oille’s wood engraving prints of pastoral scenes from In Pastures Green (1915) and The Owl Pen (1947) among others, drawn from the MacLaren’s Permanent Collection. Engraved with careful precision and dense details, Oille’s illustrations attest to her technical ability in depicting the humble beauty of farmlands in Oro-Medonte and Ekfrid. Displayed in clusters, the works depict the rhythms of the seasons, harvest returns and the rewards of hard labour.

Image credits: Derek Sullivan, #141, Paper Architecture Press Approval, 2018, coloured pencil on paper, 127 x 96.5 cm. Courtesy of Susan Hobbs Gallery. Photo: Toni Hafkenscheid (left); Therese Bolliger, One Work with Footnote (Roni Horn) (detail), 2015-2017, diptych, hybrid prints, 91.4 x 73.6 cm. Photo courtesy the artist (centre); Yam Lau, Nüshu: Echo Chambers (detail), 2014, video still, computer generated animation. Courtesy of the artist (right)


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 and exhibition sponsor Stewart Esten.

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 July 1, August 5, September 2, October 14

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