Winter 2024 Exhibitions and Events at Art Windsor-Essex

Elizabeth Zvonar

Elizabeth Zvonar: Cracks in the Clockwork

February 15 – May 26, 2024
Exhibition Celebration: AWE at Night, February 15, 2024

This exhibition presents Vancouver-based artist Elizabeth Zvonar’s sculptural and collage works alongside artworks and furniture from Art Windsor-Essex’s collection. Cracks in the Clockwork references how the interior cogs of a clock might break down in keeping proper time. It could also describe the failure of some thing or event to operate with mechanical regularity. With associative wit and contrast, this exhibition upends received ideas of art history, showing the cracks in the narratives and collections we’ve inherited. Curated by Emily McKibbon.

About the Artist

Elizabeth Zvonar graduated from Emily Carr University, Vancouver (2002), after having studied at Capilano University, North Vancouver; Aichi Gakusen University, Toyota City, Japan (1994); and Hokkaido University of Art & Design, Sapporo, Japan (1996). Solo exhibitions include SFU Audain Gallery, Vancouver (2022); Polygon Gallery, North Vancouver (2020); Daniel Faria Gallery, Toronto (2018); Burrard Arts Foundation, Vancouver (2017); and Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver (2009). She has received numerous awards including the Jack and Doris Shadbolt Foundation’s VIVA Award, and was a finalist for the AIMIA | AGO Photography Prize in 2016. Her work is included in the 2023 Phaidon publication Vitamin C+ Collage in Contemporary Art. She lives and works in Vancouver.

Related Programming

Justin Elliot (JEL Media), AWE at Night, June 2023.

AWE at Night
February 15, 2024, 5pm – 9pm

AWE once again partners with the Chimczuk Museum for a celebration across all three floors of our shared building! Partners for this evening’s celebrations include Essex County Black Historical Research Society, Windsor Law Centre for Cities, and Transnational Arts & Entertainment Law Clinic. The program includes tours of Mary Ann Shadd Cary Bicentennial Display and Cracks in the Clockwork; complementary screenings of Across the River to Freedom: Lucie & Thornton Blackburn; a community conversation on the enduring legacies of Lucie and Thornton Blackburn; art activities in AWE’s Studio; music by Greyhound; and drinks and snacks by Windsor Eats and Zule Eats.

Exhibitions Closing March 3

Installation view of Hiba Abdallah & Justin Langlois, Minor Stipulations, Art Windsor-Essex. Photo: Frank Piccolo

Hiba Abdallah & Justin Langlois: Minor Stipulations
October 19, 2023 – March 3, 2024

We often think of demands as forceful. A ‘demand’ suggests we are claiming something rather than requesting it. With Minor Stipulations, Windsor-Essex-raised artists Hiba Abdallah and Justin Langlois show how demands open space for conversation. Here, a demand might be a call to action. A question without an answer. A silent action. Through text works, free posters, an artist-curated library and a microphone, the artists help us consider how we might use our power and influence in making fair demands.

Sasha Opeiko: pixel / dust
October 24, 2023 – March 3, 2024

Sasha Opeiko’s research practice explores the breakdown of the digital image (and all other things with it) under capitalism, reflecting on the afterlife of images in a post-capitalist world. pixel / dust brings together a series of works where the pixel, the building block of the digital image, is highlighted front and center, with faulty 3D scans that glitch in real-time, and computer-generated montages of empty spaces and ruins, haunted by absence. These moving-image works are accompanied by decaying household objects, suggesting that there is no escaping the corrosion that capitalism has caused (or perhaps, the corrosion that capitalism has been masking). Curated by Muriel Kahwagi, AWE’s 2023 TD Curatorial Fellow.

About Art Windsor-Essex

Art Windsor-Essex respectfully acknowledges that we are located on Anishinaabe Territory – the traditional territory of the Three Fires Confederacy of First Nations, comprised of the Ojibway, the Odawa, and the Potawatomi. Today the Anishinaabe of the Three Fires Confederacy are represented by Bkejwanong. We want to state our respect for the ancestral and ongoing authority of Walpole Island First Nation over its Territory.

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Image descriptions:
1. A collage in black and white by Elizabeth Zvonar showing a chain link fence over a mysterious landscape.
2. A group of people making art in Art Windsor Essex’s education studio.
3. A gallery showing text-based artworks by Hiba Abdallah and Justin Langlois. The text includes words that could be used to make demands, like denied, desires, and unrest.