Russna Kaur: Maze of control and the slightest chaos | Artist Talk with Peter Powning

Enjoy an Art-filled September with PAMA

Visit the Peel Art Gallery, Museum and Archives (PAMA) in beautiful downtown Brampton this September to experience the work of artists Russna Kaur and Peter Powning. Kaur’s work is on display on the exterior of PAMA’s Art Gallery building until January 2023 while Powning’s work, featuring pottery and other unique sculptural forms, is on display in the Art Gallery until October 30. Families can also drop in at PAMA to participate in various creative activities related to the exhibitions.

Free admission to PAMA exhibitions and programs continues until Nov. 19 as PAMA gets ready to re-open some spaces in the Museum.

Russna Kaur: Maze of control and the slightest chaos

September 7, 2022 – January 5, 2023
Guest curated by Brampton-raised Renée van der Avoird

This project was created in partnership with the Arts, Culture and Creative Industry Development Agency (ACCIDA)

Brampton-raised, Vancouver-based artist Russna Kaur is known for her vibrant, large-scale abstract paintings. Often modular and multi-surfaced, her dizzying fields of colour, texture, and line challenge our expectations of what a painting can be. Kaur pushes the pictorial frame beyond its limits, sometimes extending her paintings to include immersive wall drawings, other times composing works out of multiple panels that can be rearranged according to their location.

In Maze of control and the slightest chaos, a new three-part site-specific vinyl banner, Kaur revisits her Brampton roots. The city’s rich mixture of identities and cultural expressions cohabiting in a suburban setting serves as inspiration for the artist. Elements of her experience in Brampton are embodied here, culminating in a distinctive visual vocabulary that continues the artist’s profound experimentations with colour. Drawing from her Punjabi community and the complex role colour plays within it, Kaur juxtaposes bold hues to create unexpected perceptual collisions.

In-person Artist Talk: Saturday, Sept. 17, 2 p.m.

Creative Activities
Drop-in activities inspired by Russna Kaur’s work for all ages:

  • Go with the Flow adult and family activity: Saturday, Sept. 17, 12 – 4:30 p.m.
  • Family Fun weekend activity: Saturday, Sept. 24, 1 – 4:30 p.m.

Virtual Artist Talk: Learn about what inspires Peter Powning

Thursday, Sept. 22, 7 – 8 p.m.

Artist Peter Powning will discuss how living on the same farm for 52 years has inspired his practice as a sculptor and ceramicist, and will share ideas about self-sustaining existence as seen through the evolution of his work in the exhibition Peter Powning: A Retrospective.

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The museum and archives remain closed for construction this September. The Museum will start to re-open exhibit spaces in October. PAMA is a place to explore and learn about Peel Region’s culture and heritage, as well as use conversation, questions and stories to help make new and fascinating connections to the surrounding community. Throughout the year, PAMA offers a variety of workshops and programs for all ages, families and adults. With so many different programs to choose from, PAMA has something for everyone. Operated by the Region of Peel, PAMA is located at 9 Wellington Street East in Brampton. Visit pama.peelregion.ca to learn more or call at 905-791-4055.