Two Truths and a Lie at Oakville Galleries

Please join Oakville Galleries to celebrate our fall exhibition opening on Saturday 25 September from 1:00 pm–4:00 pm. Timed tickets are required for entry, click here to book yours. Need a ride to Oakville? Get on the ARTbus (details below).


Two Truths and a Lie

18 September – 30 December 2021
Oakville Galleries in Gairloch Gardens & at Centennial Square

Opening reception: Saturday 25 September 2021, 1:00 pm–4:00 pm (timed tickets are required)

“Two Truths and a Lie” is an icebreaker game that involves stating three possible propositions about oneself: two that are true and one that is false. Through deception, deduction, and disclosure, the players become better acquainted with one another.

The works included in Two Truths and a Lie speak to the complex interactions within the pursuit of truth—personal, visual, or social. Exploring these processes as ways of knowing, the exhibition highlights the different ways in which narratives come into being. The exhibition builds on the conceit of the game, featuring artists who are concerned with self-presentation, narratology, and language.

Through diverse techniques and mediums, these artists participate in the confessional as much as they slip into the hidden and fictional. Within these layers of thought, the artists also probe at assumptions and broaden the limits of understanding, guiding us towards more expansive ways of seeing and being in relation.

Two Truths and a Lie is drawn primarily from the permanent collection of Oakville Galleries.



ARTbus: Exhibition Tour
Saturday 25 September 2021, 12:00 pm–5:00 pm
Pick-up and drop-off at Gallery TPW
$10 donation includes transportation to all galleries and afternoon refreshments

Our fall ARTbus begins at Gallery TPW with a visit to the group exhibition We Buy Gold curated by Michèle Pearson Clarke. The ARTbus will continue to the Art Gallery of York University to visit Jess Dobkin’s Wetrospective curated by Emelie Chhangur. Lastly, at Oakville Galleries participants will visit the opening of Two Truths and a Lie.


We kindly ask that passengers on the ARTbus follow the health and safety policies of each gallery. York University requires all visitors to its campus, including the AGYU, to be vaccinated. For more information about the AGYU’s protocols around COVID-19, please visit: Before entering Oakville Galleries, visitors must complete a health screening questionnaire.

Virtual Exhibition Tour
Thursday 14 October 2021, 6:00 pm

Join us over Zoom for a free virtual exhibition tour led by Oakville Galleries’ Assistant Curator, Theresa Wang. Theresa will be leading us through our fall exhibition Two Truths and a Lie. Through the tour, we will dive deeper into the artists’ practices and the works on view.


Free Family Art Workshop
Saturday 16 October 2021, 11:00 am–12:30 pm
Oakville Galleries in Gairloch Gardens

Bring the whole family to Oakville Galleries for a free art workshop inspired by the works seen in Two Truths and a Lie. Plan ahead to take in a tour of the exhibition before heading into the Education Centre to create hidden illustrations. This workshop will teach kiddos how to create folded drawings that when pulled apart contain a surprise image hidden within! A parent or guardian must accompany children for the duration of their visit.


One On One: Artist Feedback Sessions
Saturday 16 October 2021, 1:00 pm–4:00 pm

One On One is a resource for local artists interested in professional input into their practice. This season, artists in the Halton region are invited to book a 30-minute virtual visit with one of Oakville Galleries’ curators, in which they can present their work; discuss ideas in development; request feedback on their portfolios, CVs or artist statements; or otherwise seek input into their artistic or career development.


Artist Talk: Jin-me Yoon and Donna James
Thursday 28 October 2021, 5:00 pm

Artists Donna James and Jin-me Yoon, whose works are featured in Two Truths and a Lie, both focus on the relationship between quotidian, individual histories and dominant discourses about identity. Join Yoon and James in conversation as they unpack their works in the exhibition and discuss the ways in which image-making devices can tackle complex topics of memory, place, and history. Together, they ground the importance of personal narratives tied to lived experience and communities.


Creative Writing Workshop with Fan Wu
Sunday 14 November 2021, 1:00 pm
Oakville Galleries in Gairloch Gardens

Expanding on the themes in the exhibition Two Truths and a Lie, poet and translator Fan Wu hosts a creative writing workshop rethinking deceit beyond its traditional contexts of betrayal and bad intention. In this free, one-day workshop, participants will experiment with the flexibility, instability, and ludic possibilities of self-given narratives.


Online Youth Zine Workshop (Ages 11+)
Sunday 28 November 2021, 11:00 am–12:00 pm

Oakville Galleries is excited to offer a free art workshop where we learn to make our own zines! In conjunction with Two Truths and a Lie, come join us on Zoom as we learn about how art can explore self-expression, stories, real or fictional, and most importantly, creativity! Participants will explore techniques of drawing, design and collaging as they create their personalized booklets. All youth are welcome.


Health & Safety Measures

We look forward to welcoming you back, in person, to visit the Galleries. We have a number of protocols in place to ensure the health and well-being of our visitors and staff.

Visitors are encouraged to book timed tickets in advance on our website to help limit the number of people in the Galleries and allow for physical distancing. Before entering the Galleries, visitors must complete a health screening questionnaire. Masks are required for all visitors and staff under the Halton Regional Council by-law. Our high-touch surfaces are cleaned throughout the day and exhibition resources are available through QR codes for mobile viewing.

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.

Oakville Galleries is located on Treaty Lands and Territory of the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation and the traditional territory of the Huron-Wendat and the Haudenosaunee. As an institution, Oakville Galleries recognizes the importance of establishing and maintaining meaningful and respectful relationships with the original inhabitants and keepers of the land, and we are grateful for the opportunity to operate on this territory.

Oakville Galleries in Gairloch Gardens
1306 Lakeshore Road East, Oakville

Oakville Galleries at Centennial Square
120 Navy Street, Oakville

Tuesday to Thursday: 12:00 pm–7:00 pm
Friday & Saturday: 10:00 am–5:00 pm

Admission is free.

For more information about Oakville Galleries, our exhibitions or programs, visit or call 905.844.4402.

If you have any accessibility requests or need assistance navigating Zoom, please email

Images (from top to bottom): (1) Lisa Steele, A Very Personal Story (video still), 1974. Collection of Oakville Galleries, purchased with the support of the Oakville Galleries Volunteer Association, 1992. (2) Images (left to right): Installation view of We Buy Gold at Gallery TPW. Photo: Toni Hafkenscheid; Jess Dobkin’s performance Mirror Ball, 2008; Colin Campbell, True/False (video still), 1972. Collection of Oakville Galleries, purchased with the support of the Oakville Galleries Volunteer Association, 1992.