Winter 2024 Exhibitions at Art Gallery of Guelph

Season Launch: Thursday, January 18, at 6:30 pm

Join us on Thursday, January 18, at 6:30 pm, for the launch of the Art Gallery of Guelph’s winter season and three new exhibitions spotlighting art practices that reconsider and reconceive notions of history and genealogy, place and landscape. Opening that evening are ᑕᐅᑐᑉᐹ Tautuppaa | Long Looking, featuring the work of late Inuit artist Tim Pitsiulak, The Unsettlements: Moms, an installation by Houston-based artist and writer JD Pluecker, and … An Experience of Nature, highlighting landscapes from the AGG’s permanent collection. All are welcome; refreshments will be served.


ᑕᐅᑐᑉᐹ Tautuppaa | Long Looking
Tim Pitsiulak

January 18 – May 12, 2024

Curated by Taqralik Partridge

The precise balance of detail and distance in the work of late Inuit artist Tim Pitsiulak speaks to a dedicated practice of “long looking,” honed through lifelong pursuits as both hunter and artist. Born in Kimmirut and later residing in Kinngait, Pitsiulak balanced his time between Kinngait Studios and the wilderness. His prints and drawings were deeply infused with this intimate knowledge of his homeland, blending elements of traditional stories and mythologies, natural and contemporary worlds. Executed often in luminous coloured pencil, ink, and chalk pastel on black paper sheets, his artistic practice brings into sharp relief the ever-evolving impacts of colonization in the North, particularly the precarity of northern environments as climate stability gives way to the planet-scale impact of human actions associated with the Anthropocene. read more>

Organized by the Art Gallery of Guelph with the generous support of the Department of Canadian Heritage.


The Unsettlements: Moms
JD Pluecker

January 18 – April 21, 2024

The Unsettlements is a series of projects from artist and writer JD Pluecker that delve into sites of memory, silence, and ancestry, particularly in Houston and across what is now called Texas – locations where seven generations of the artist’s mainly German settler-colonial family have lived since the early nineteenth century. This installation, The Unsettlements: Moms, integrates an array of found materials and objects produced through the artist’s investigation into the lives of Claire D. Pluecker, their birth mom, and Linda L. Anderson, their adoptive dyke mom. Combining written and spoken words, drawings, tracings, embroidery, family heirlooms and materials sourced from physical sites and archives, the exhibition reconsiders lineage in terms of queer family, exploring how queer/trans organizing, benevolence, and embodiment are also legacies passed down across generations. read more >

Presented by the Art Gallery of Guelph with the support of the Ontario Arts Council and Canada Council for the Arts.

Program

Join us on Saturday, January 20, for a day of programs, conversation, and exploration with artist, writer, and translator JD Pluecker, presented in conjunction with The Unsettlements: Moms. Programs include a participatory exhibition walkthrough, community lunch, and experimental writing workshop delivered in partnership with PS Guelph. read more and register >

JD Pluecker’s work inhabits the intersections of writing, history, translation, art, interpreting, bookmaking, queer/trans aesthetics, non-normative poetics, language justice, and cross-border cultural production. In addition to translating numerous books and releasing a book of poetry and image, the Houston-based artist worked as part of the transdisciplinary social justice collaborative Antena Aire. JD has exhibited work at Blaffer Art Museum, the Hammer Museum, Project Row Houses, and more.


… An Experience of Nature
Landscapes from the Permanent Collection

December 23, 2023 – April 21, 2024

Curated by Sally Frater, with assistance from Amira Radwan and Brent Garbett

Drawing from the Art Gallery of Guelph’s permanent collection, this exhibition explores the use of abstraction by artists in their depictions of the natural world. While the decision to create art inspired by nature often begins with an impulse to replicate and document the environment, the works within this installation veer into experimental explorations of colour, form, and composition. Illustrating the ways in which landscape in art frequently speaks to the idea of nature as a sublime force to be reckoned with, the works included here underscore that renderings of nature say more about our perceptions and collective remove from it than accurately conveying how it actually exists.

The exhibition takes its title from art critic Barry Schwabsky’s book Landscape Painting Now: From Abstraction to New Romanticism in which he observes that “A landscape painting is not necessarily a representation of a landscape, but rather something that, in being constructed out of pieces of representation…kindles an experience of its own – one that, as those fragments of resemblance suggest, is somehow like an experience of nature.” read more >

Organized and presented by the Art Gallery of Guelph with the support of the Ontario Arts Council and Canada Council for the Arts.


Image credits: Tim Pitsiulak, Kinngait Point, 2016, coloured pencil on paper, 76.2 x 55.9 cm. Private collection. Photo: Martin Schwalbe; JD Pluecker, The Unsettlements: Moms (detail), 2022, large blue satin cloud with embroidered rainbow and beads, 50.8 x 68.6 x 20.3 cm. Photo: Madelynn Mesa. Courtesy of Texas State Galleries; Rita Letendre, Romir, 1979, serigraph, 55 cm x 76 cm. Gift of Canadian Bonded Credits Limited, Macdonald Stewart Art Centre Collection at the Art Gallery of Guelph.

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