Summer Exhibitions and ARTbus: Paul P. & Tanya Lukin Linklater at Oakville Galleries

Oakville Galleries is thrilled to present two solo exhibitions for the Summer 2022 season!

Paul P.
Friendly in the Knife-edged Moment

5 June – 28 August 2022
Oakville Galleries in Gairloch Gardens

The work of Toronto-based artist Paul P. employs the visual aesthetics of the late nineteenth century to consider and commemorate queer social histories, particularly the period of gay liberation that occurred just before the onset of the AIDS epidemic in the 1980s. The artist is known for portraits appropriated from source material found in the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives. Less well known are his numerous delicate watercolours of gardens, flowers and statuary, as well as seascapes and shorelines, drawn from life over the past 15 years. It is the first time since 2007 that this Canadian artist of significant international acclaim is having a solo exhibition at a museum in Canada. This exhibition brings together a number of these works— which are almost entirely exhibited for the first time—in a haunting reflection on the aesthetics of longing.

Tanya Lukin Linklater
My mind is with the weather

5 June – 28 August 2022
Oakville Galleries at Centennial Square

Tanya Lukin Linklater works across a range of media, including choreographed dance performances, video, sculptural installation and text. Her research-based practice considers the troubled colonial histories of Turtle Island (North America) and the structural violences Indigenous communities continue to withstand. In this exhibition, new and recent works consider how these violences are registered and processed in the body and highlight moments of resistance. These moments come from working collaboratively with others as an anticolonial strategy, addressing the complexities of sharing Indigenous knowledge in institutional settings—such as the museum—and a focus on the critical importance of certain practices of everyday life, such as music, dance, language, and domestic rituals.

Lukin Linklater’s Alutiiq homelands are in the Kodiak archipelago of Alaska. She has lived and worked in Nbisiing Anishinabek territory in northern Ontario for more than a decade.

My mind is with the weather is presented in partnership with the Toronto Biennial of Art, a free city-wide art event taking place across the city and GTA from 26 March – 5 June, 2022. This exhibition has been organised in collaboration with the Southern Alberta Art Gallery and the Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver. An exhibition catalogue with new writing is due to be published in the Spring of 2023.

Oakville Galleries and Toronto Biennial of Art ARTbus: Exhibition Tour

Sunday 5 June 2022, 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Pick-up and drop-off at 72 Perth Avenue, Toronto, ON M6R 2C2

Pre-registration is required. $15 contribution.
Includes transportation to all galleries and afternoon refreshments.

In partnership with the Toronto Biennial of Art (TBA), the Oakville Galleries’ Summer ARTbus will pick up participants from 72 Perth Avenue and go to see Ange Loft’s DISH DANCES (created in collaboration with Jumblies Theatre & Arts) at the Fort York National Historic Site. The ARTbus will continue to the Small Arms Inspection Building to tour the work of twelve artists from multi-site exhibition What Water Knows, The Land Remembers. Participants will also attend TBA’s closing BBQ where they will have the opportunity to take part in various workshops and programs. Then it’s off to Oakville Galleries, where participants will visit the opening celebrations of solo exhibitions Tanya Lukin Linklater: My mind is with the weather at Centennial Square and Paul P.: Friendly in the Knife-Edged Moment at Gairloch Gardens.

Note: This ARTbus does not include a tour of the 72 Perth Avenue TBA site. Participants are encouraged to do a self-guided visit of the exhibition at 72 Perth Avenue prior to the ARTbus pick-up.

About Oakville Galleries
Oakville Galleries is a not-for-profit contemporary art museum located 30 km west of Toronto. Housed in two spaces—one alongside a public library in downtown Oakville, and another in a lakeside mansion and park—Oakville Galleries is one of Canada’s leading art museums, driven by a belief in the singular power of art and artists to deepen our understanding of ourselves and our communities and move us toward a better world.

For more information about Oakville Galleries, our exhibitions and public programs, please visit our website to connect with us by phone, or online!

OAKVILLE GALLERIES in Gairloch Gardens & at Centennial Square
Tuesday to Saturday, 12 – 7 PM | Admission is always free, donations welcome.
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Images: 1) Paul P. Untitled, 2009. Watercolour on paper. Courtesy of Cooper Cole, Toronto; Maureen Paley, London; Queer Thoughts, New York. 2) Tanya Lukin Linklater with Tiffany Shaw. Indigenous geometries, 2019. Cold rolled steel, laminated ash, paint, matte polyurethane, hardware. A commission for Chicago Architecture Biennial 2019. Courtesy of Catriona Jeffries, Vancouver. 3) Toronto Biennial of Art Opening BBQ Event at Small Arms Inspection Building, 2019. Photo by Triple Threat. Courtesy of Toronto Biennial of Art.