School of Art Gallery Fall 2022 Exhibitions

School of Art Gallery, University of Manitoba launches a new season of exhibitions and programming.

Mariana Muñoz Gomez, A volar entre rocas, installation: digital prints, Tyndall stone, paint, text, dimensions variable, installed at Blinkers, 2021. Image courtesy of Blinkers and the artist.

Moving Matter: Between Rock and Stone

KC Adams, Kristina Banera, Katherine Boyer, Evin Collis, Jason de Haan, Patrick Dunford, Kara Hamilton, Vanessa Hyggen, Mariana Muñoz Gomez, Jeff Thomas, Lisa Stinner-Kun, Christopher Wahl, and Tricia Wasney.
Curated by Abigail Auld, Guest Curator.

August 11 to October 14, 2022
Reception: Thursday, September 22, 5:00-8:00 pm

Moving Matter: Between rock and stone is an exhibition about Tyndall limestone, a building material quarried from a 450-million-year-old body of rock. The exhibition pairs research about the material’s transformation from bedrock to building stone, with artwork contemplating quarry ecologies, construction’s role in nation-building, and various personal and cultural histories embodied in this stone.

Moving Matter features work by 13 contemporary artists, including several new commissions, ranging from photography, sculpture, drawing, beadwork, jewellery, and video with sound. Some artists contemplate how Tyndall Stone’s rise to prominence as a trademarked building material mirrored the redefinition and construction of the wider region as Western Canada. Others explore the cyclical motion of rock formation and decay, the voids left by excavation, and the interrelation of bedrock and other parts of the environment.

A series of public programs throughout the fall will bring artists and invited guests into conversation to consider how connection to bedrock shapes orientations to place; how stories endure through the materiality of stone; and how the movement of material links landscapes and cities, forever transforming the world.

The curator gratefully acknowledges the support of the Canada Council for the Arts and the Manitoba Arts Council to present this exhibition and adjunct programming. A special thanks to Gillis Quarries Ltd. for their assistance in the development of artist commissions and the Winnipeg Architecture Foundation for their support of Tyndall Stone research.

Thank you to Sketchfab for supporting this exhibition.

Adjunct Programming:

Virtual Panel:
KC Adams, Mariana Muñoz Gomez, and Graham Young: Orienting Self, Place, and History
Thursday, September 15, 7:00-8:30 pm CDT
Facilitated on Zoom and live-streaming on the School of Art Gallery, University of Manitoba YouTube channel.
ASL interpretation and closed captioning available.

Curatorial Talk
Abigail Auld: Moving Matter: Between Rock and Stone
Thursday, September 22, 12:00-1:30 pm CDT, ARTlab 136
Also facilitated on Zoom and live-streaming on the School of Art Gallery, University of Manitoba YouTube channel.
ASL interpretation available.

Virtual Guest Lecture
Jane Mah Hutton: Reciprocal Landscapes: Stories of Material Movements
Thursday, October 6, 7:00-8:30 pm CDT
Facilitated on Zoom and live-streaming on the School of Art Gallery, University of Manitoba YouTube channel.
ASL interpretation and closed captioning available.
Presented in partnership with the Faculty of Architecture, University of Manitoba.

Virtual Panel
Robert Coutts, Vanessa Hyggen, and Tricia Wasney: Material Intimacies: Stories in Stone
Thursday, October 13, 2022, 7:00-8:30 pm CDT
Facilitated on Zoom and live-streaming on the School of Art Gallery, University of Manitoba YouTube channel.
ASL interpretation and closed captioning available.

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Eduardo Aquino, TAPUME, 2021, existing construction hoarding and covered sidewalk structure, plywood, painting. Image courtesy of the artist.

Eduardo Aquino: TAPUME

Curated by Blair Fornwald, Director/Curator

August 25 to October 14, 2022
Reception: Thursday, September 22, 5:00-8:00 pm

Tapume means “construction hoarding” in Portuguese. Construction hoardings conceal sites of activity while becoming sites of activity themselves. Palimpsests bearing the traces of collectively-realized, ad-hoc, and ephemeral gestures, they are tagged with graffiti, covered with posters, and scuffed and scraped by passers-by. These markings are subsequently repainted, an accrual often producing, quite unintentionally, a painterly, minimalist aesthetic.

For this three-part project, artist and architect Eduardo Aquino has repurposed the covered sidewalk and hoarding wall installed adjacent to the exterior of the Winnipeg Art Gallery during the construction of Qaumajuq. In its first iteration, the structure was presented, relatively untouched, within the WAG itself. Aquino’s juxtaposition encouraged an aesthetic appraisal of this “incidental found painting” while addressing the roles of both the workers who build civic infrastructure and the citizens who engage with it, leave their mark on it, and ultimately determine its use.

For its second and current iteration at the School of Art Gallery, Aquino has modified the hoarding wall and sidewalk so that the structure wraps around the contours of its intimately-scaled and uniquely-shaped Collections Gallery and has subtly altered the surface of the painted wall to emphasize its Rothko-esque compositional elements. Enveloping the viewer, the work is reminiscent of Rothko’s famous Chapel, encouraging a stillness within, and a contemplation of, a space usually experienced as an unremarkable passage.

A third transformative iteration of TAPUME will take place at the Faculty of Architecture’s A2G Gallery in late fall 2022.

Adjunct Programming:

Artist Talk
Eduardo Aquino: TAPUME
Thursday, September 28, 12:00-1:30 pm CDT, ARTlab 136
Also live-streaming on the University of Manitoba School of Art YouTube Channel.
ASL interpretation available.

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The School of Art Gallery, located in Winnipeg, Manitoba, is generously supported by the University of Manitoba, the School of Art, and the Government of Canada, and by faculty, staff, donors, and volunteers. It sits on Treaty 1 territory, and on the homeland of the MĂ©tis Nation.

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