Winter 2023 Exhibitions at Oakville Galleries: Helen Cammock + Wolf Tones

Oakville Galleries is thrilled to announce its exhibition program for Winter 2023 with solo exhibitions by British artist Helen Cammock and US-based collaborative group Wolf Tones. An array of public programs will be presented at both gallery sites throughout the exhibitions, including a performance by cellist Charles Curtis, presented in conjunction with Wolf Tones: A Many-Sided House.

Celebrate the opening of our Winter exhibitions on Saturday, 28 January at Centennial Square and in Gairloch Gardens (2:30 – 5:00 PM). Complimentary shuttle bus service will run between the Galleries.

Join us for refreshments and remarks in Gairloch Gardens beginning at 3:45 PM.
Members of Wolf Tones will be in attendance.

Helen Cammock: They Call It Idlewild

28 January – 13 May 2023 | Oakville Galleries at Centennial Square

British artist Helen Cammock has a multi-disciplinary practice that stretches across film, music, print, performance, and text. For her first exhibition in Canada, Oakville Galleries will be showing They Call It Idlewild, a film and text installation that was developed by the artist during a residency at Wysing Arts Centre in the UK. The exhibition considers the notion of idleness, both its potential as a profoundly generative space of creativity and sustenance, and the political misuses, structural power play, and racial stereotyping that continue to surround it. Largely produced just before the pandemic, the works take on new meanings in today’s world, amid the unrelenting pressures of hyper productivity, the struggle to maintain livelihoods, and the persistence of colonial and class-based power structures that allow some to live from the labour of others.

Wolf Tones: A Many-Sided House

28 January – 13 May 2023 | Oakville Galleries in Gairloch Gardens

A Many-Sided House is the first exhibition in Canada of work by Wolf Tones (currently Nancy Shaver, Maximilian Goldfarb, Sterrett Smith, Pradeep Dalal, and David Levi Strauss), a collaborative group of US-based artists, convened in 2019 by Nancy Shaver, that has been creating densely constructed installations over the past four years. Working separately and together, these artists gather, borrow, and exchange their works throughout the four adjacent rooms of Oakville Galleries in Gairloch Gardens, a historic home on the shores of Lake Ontario. Responding to the unique context of this site, Wolf Tones considers the handmade, the anonymous, connection and exchange, difference and recurrence, material histories, the lake, flotsam, and the movement and circulation of images, objects, and materials.

ARTbus: Exhibition Tour
Saturday, 28 January 2023, 12:00 – 5:00 PM

Pick-up and drop-off at Mercer Union in Toronto.
$10 minimum donation includes transportation to all galleries and afternoon refreshments
For complete program details, tour schedule and to get your ARTbus ticket please visit Eventbrite!

In partnership with Mercer Union and the Art Gallery of Burlington, Oakville Galleries invites you to join us for the Winter ARTbus tour of 4 exhibitions. Beginning with Lydia Ourahmane’s exhibition Tassili at Mercer Union, the ARTbus will continue to the Art Gallery of Burlington to tour the work of Caroline Monnet as part of her solo exhibition Holding Up The Sky. Then it’s off to Oakville Galleries, where participants will attend the opening reception and celebrations of solo exhibitions Wolf Tones: A Many-Sided House at Oakville Galleries in Gairloch Gardens and Helen Cammock: They Call It Idlewild at Oakville Galleries at Centennial Square.

Charles Curtis Performance
Wednesday, 15 March 2023, 7:00 PM | The Studio, Oakville Galleries in Gairloch Gardens

In conjunction with the exhibition Wolf Tones: A Many-Sided House, we’re pleased to present an evening performance by cellist Charles Curtis in The Studio at Gairloch Gardens. Curtis will perform a series of compositions that engage the cello as a site of uncertainty, a physical and acoustical object to be explored in performance, without advance knowledge of what the exploration might yield. While clearly framed as performative tasks, the compositions are inherently incomplete, and permeable to the material and spatial conditions at hand.

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About Oakville Galleries
Oakville Galleries is a 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, with a primary commitment to presenting the work of early and mid-career artists from across Canada and around the 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 operates with support from the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, the Ontario Trillium Foundation and the Corporation of the Town of Oakville.

Winter Operating Hours
Tuesday – Saturday: 10:00 AM ­– 5:00 PM
Closed Sundays and statutory holidays
Monday (available by appointment)

Admission is always free, donations welcome.
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Image credits:
1) Helen Cammock, I Decided I Want to Walk, 2020, canvas, cotton, drill, wool, 200 x 300 cm. Courtesy the artist and Kate MacGarry, London. Photo: Angus Mill.
2) Wolf Tones, rivers, threads, folds (installation view) Art Cake, Brooklyn, New York City, 2022. Courtesy of Wolf Tones. Photo: Robert Banat.
3) Images (clockwise from top right): Lydia Ourahmane, video still from Tassili, 2022; Courtesy the artist. Caroline Monnet, Resilient to the Bones, 2021, Styrofoam, 185.4 x 246.4 x 9.5 cm; Courtesy of the artist; Photo credit: Photo MBAM, Denis Farley. Helen Cammock, I Decided I Want to Walk (installation view), Kate MacGarry, London; Photo: Angus Mill. Wolf Tones, rivers, threads, folds (installation view), Art Cake, Brooklyn, New York City, 2022; Courtesy of Wolf Tones; Photo: Robert Banat.