Summer 2024 Exhibitions at Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery

KWAG is thrilled to announce a dynamic group of exhibitions for our Summer Cycle, featuring artists from our own backyard and from across the country.

FASTWÜRMS: #VOLCANO_LOV3R

May 25 – September 22, 2024
Curated by Darryn Doull

“Like a wind, like a storm, like a fire, like an earthquake, like a mud slide, like a deluge, like a tree falling, a torrent roaring, an ice floe breaking, like a tidal wave, like a shipwreck, like an explosion, like a lit blown off, like a consuming fire, like spreading blight, like a sky darkening, a bridge collapsing, a hole opening. Like a volcano erupting.” – Susan Sontag, The Volcano Lover, 1992

FASTWÜRMS pyroclastic #VOLCANO_LOV3R is a primordial geo-queer liberation narrative.

#VOLCANO_LOV3R is the super-heated witchcraft of ‘many and more’, the vulcanology and libidinal economy of abundance, reciprocity and generosity.

Like the love of Lord Hamilton and Vesuvius, #VOLCANO_LOV3R is a cauldron of boundless unexpected abundance brimming with obsidian sexual potential.

Volcanos are world builders. Poly-sexual, generative and procreative, they build islands and atolls, mountains and continents, landscapes of soil rich in life-giving nutrients and minerals.

Volcanos are dragons and destroyers of worlds. Harbingers of cataclysm, poisonous gas, smothering ash: the death of cities and civilizations.

#VOLCANO_LOV3R is an aesthetic cauldron of maximalist profusion: “Nothing succeeds like excess.” (Oscar Wilde)

Queer vulcanology: the magma chamber as a maximalist mxnkind cave, feeding a fiery caldera brimming with pyroclastic affect.

#VOLCANO_LOV3R conflates sexual energy and diversity with the world building profusion and procreative power of the volcano.

#VOLCANO_LOV3R is a hot pocket fumarole queen, the ace of wands and the queen of cups. the sun, the star, the lovers and the tower.

#VOLCANO_LOV3R sleeps with the seismic data of sustainable love.

#VOLCANO_LOV3R is certified by Witch Nation and approved by the gay magma chamber of commerce.


Billy Gauthier: Sila

On view June 22 – October 20, 2024
Curated by Darryn Doull

Sila is the first mid-career survey of renowned sculptor Billy Gauthier’s work outside of his home province of Newfoundland and Labrador. As an artist and activist of Inuit and Métis ancestry, Gauthier’s inspiration comes directly from an intimate connection with the land and culture of his home in North West River, Labrador.

For decades, Gauthier has developed his artistic practice into a complex, detailed and vibrantly dynamic body of work. His sculptures are a means to share stories and life experiences. Gauthier explains: “My core belief is Inuit and our lands are synonymous: when our Nunangat is harmed, we become harmed and when our Nunangat heals, we begin to heal. I understand my work as a form of activism, carrying messages about the importance of caring for our land, animals and resources.” Ultimately, he brings into focus the shared threads of humanity, exploring the intrinsic faults that come with globalization, industrialization and modernization efforts that do not center indigenous populations.

KWAG is thrilled to announce that we will be publishing the first major monographic publication by Billy Gauthier. Designed by one of the top designers working today, and featuring a series of commissioned essays and interviews, this project will critically ground Gauthier’s work. Watch for updates and an official publication launch currently planned for Fall 2024.


Selected Programming

Downtown Kitchener Art Walk
Saturday, May 18, 1:00 – 2:30 pm

Architectural Guided Walking Tours
Saturday, May 18, 1:00 – 2:30 pm

Carmen Salas: Think Systems: Transformation Through Systemic Thinking
Thursday, May 23, 7:00 – 8:00 pm

Artist Talk with FASTWÜRMS
Saturday, May 25, 1:00 – 2:00 pm

Opening Celebration of Sila with DJ King Kadeem
Friday, June 21, 7:00 – 10:00 pm

Artist Talk + Tour with Billy Gauthier
Sunday, June 23, 2:00 – 3:00 pm


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As Waterloo Region’s leading public art gallery, the Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery (KWAG) connects people and ideas through art. Its nationally acclaimed exhibitions and programs welcome all to be inspired and challenged through a deepened understanding of ourselves, our cultures and our communities. For the benefit of current and future generations, the Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery collects, preserves, researches, interprets and exhibits the visual arts. It offers dynamic public programs that inspire creativity and an appreciation of the visual arts in the Region and beyond. Established in 1956 and incorporated in 1968, KWAG is a non-profit organization open to the public and administered in the public trust.

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