Upcoming Virtual Programming June 2021 at the Varley Art Gallery of Markham

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Panel Discussion: Holly Chang, Lucy Lu, Clare Samuel, Elycia SFA, hosted by Charlotte Gagnier

June 18, 2021 from 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM EST
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Join us for an in-depth conversation with the artists featured in our current exhibition [De]/[Re]Constructing Place. Each artist will discuss their individual practice, and with curator Charlotte Gagnier, talk about how their works intersect in the Varley Art Gallery installation.

Presented virtually on Zoom, registration is required.

About the exhibition

Can we recollect past emotion-spatial experiences for the purpose of some attempt at representation? Can we go back to the past terrains and past encounters which are mapped inside us and which colour our present in ways which we cannot easily feel or say?1 —Owain Jones

[De]/[Re]Constructing Place explores the act of recalling place—place that is deeply personal, place that shapes your understanding of who you are. Here, through photographic means, four artists have sought to remember, investigate, communicate and share their emotional geographies. Sense of place is not static, and the act of recollection necessarily includes a process of construction, deconstruction, and reconstruction of this unique environment, that exists, in part, in the mind. This process reveals the fluidity of memory, identity and place and questions the dichotomy of “real” and “imagined”.

Charlotte Gagnier, Curator

1. Owain Jones, “An emotional ecology of memory, self and landscape,” Emotional Geographies, edited by J. Davidson, L. Bondi, & M. Smith (Ashgate: Aldershot, 2005), p. 206.

About the artists and curator

Holly Chang is a Toronto based photographer and artist who has completed her BA in Creative Industries at Ryerson University. Holly is currently pursing her Master’s Degree in Communication and Culture at Ryerson University/York University.

Lucy Lu is a Chinese-Canadian artist and photographer based in Toronto, Canada. She studied photography at Ryerson University and graduated with a BFA. Her projects explore cultural identity, personal histories, and how real and imaginary narratives make up our lives. She uses photography as a storytelling tool, to communicate a tone, an atmosphere, or a feeling through visual language.

Clare Samuel is a Northern Irish artist now living in Canada. She holds a BFA with Honours in Photography from Ryerson University, and an MFA from Concordia. She has exhibited across Canada and Europe, participated in international residencies, and has been recognized through receipt of various awards including the Roloff Beny Fellowship and the Canadian National Magazine Awards. Her images have been published in magazines such as Blackflash, Next Level and Prefix Photo. Her work is photo-based and investigates the borders between interior and exterior worlds, and between people, places, or states of being.

Elycia SFA is a textile artist based in Toronto. Her work explores personal narrative and the de/reconstruction of memory, nostalgia, and loss, by portraying these concepts in the form of handwoven cloth. She attended OCADU for Material Art and Design: Fibre, and graduated in 2015. Elycia was accepted into Harbourfront Centre’s Artist-In-Residence program and awarded a scholarship in 2016. She was a recipient of the Helen Frances Gregor Award in 2017.

Charlotte Gagnier is an independent curator and museum professional based in Kingston, Ontario. She is interested in exploring the role photographs (taking and sharing) play in the construction of individual and group identity, and emotional geographies. Charlotte holds a BA (Honours) in Geography from Queen’s University and a Master of Museum Studies from the University of Toronto. Charlotte is Program Assistant at the Agnes Etherington Art Centre.

Slated to open in February 2021, both the exhibition, and the Varley Art Gallery of Markham remain closed to the public until further notice.

Other virtual programs

ART TO GO Summer Camp 2021

The Varley Art Gallery of Markham is offering ART TO GO: weekly interactive virtual art camps streamed directly to your home this summer. Complete art kits accompany kinder (ages 4 to 6) and Junior (ages 7 to 10) ART TO GO camps.
Students aged 10 to 12 and 13+ years can register for our ART TO GO Digital Art Camp.

About the Varley Art Gallery of Markham

The Varley Art Gallery of Markham is a vital cultural hub for artists and diverse communities. A municipal gallery, we create critical conversations about Canadian art and society. We inspire local and national audiences to engage with art through outstanding exhibitions and rich public and educational programs relevant to the communities we serve. We support artists from York region and seek to broaden access to the arts for diverse artists and cultural groups. We also share and celebrate the life and work of F.H. Varley, a founding member of the Group of Seven.

The Varley Art Gallery is situated on the traditional territories of Indigenous Peoples including the Haudenosaunee and Anishinaabe. We are committed to reconciliation, partnership and enhanced understanding.


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For more information or questions, please contact Anik Glaude, Curator at aglaude@markham.ca

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Image credits, from left to right: [1] Elycia SFA, Untitled (woven photos), 2019, handwoven silk linen with sewing thread and linen wrapped steel inlay, [2] Holly Chang, Untitled, 2018, inkjet print, [3] Clare Samuel, Us (Us (& It), 2016, Giclee print [4] Lucy Lu, Da Pi Yuan, 2019, inkjet prints on Japanese paper. Works courtesy of the artists.