Winter Exhibitions 2024 at Owens Art Gallery

Mount Allison University

Thaddeus Holownia, Red Tailed Hawk, 2022 (left), Guinea Fowl, 2022 (right), from the series of a feather, archival pigment prints, courtesy of the Artist and Corkin Gallery, Toronto

of a feather
in memory of Gay Hansen
Thaddeus Holownia and Karen Stentaford

January 20 – May 15, 2024
Vernissage: January 19 @ 7:00 pm
Artists in Conversation: January 24 @ 7:00 pm

Curator: Emily Falvey

This exhibition considers how close relationships with the natural world strengthen our bonds with each other. It is organized in memory of Gay Hansen (1954-2021), a gifted teacher, mentor, and ornithologist who taught at Mount Allison for thirty-nine years. of a feather takes its title from a portfolio of photographs Thaddeus Holownia created after the death of Hansen, his life partner. These tender portraits of bird study skins—part of a collection she assembled—join a series of projects highlighting the couple’s creative partnership. They are presented alongside Karen Stentaford’s haunting landscape photographs, which she creates in patient collaboration with the environment, an approach that reflects Hansen’s influence on her work.

Thaddeus Holownia is a teacher, visual artist, letterpress printer, and publisher. In 2018, he retired from a forty-one-year career as a Professor of Art at Mount Allison University, where he also served as Head of the Fine Arts Department. He is a Fulbright Fellow and an elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and the Royal Canadian Academy of the Arts. He was named to the Order of New Brunswick in 2015. His work has been the subject of numerous exhibitions, including Shutter (Nelson Museum of Art, Nelson, BC), The Nature of Nature (Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Halifax, NS), 24 Tree Studies for Henry David Thoreau (Heckscher Museum of Art, Huntington, NY), and of a feather (Corkin Gallery, Toronto, ON).

Karen Stentaford is an artist and educator living in Sackville, New Brunswick, within Mi’kma’ki. She specializes in large-format photography and the wet plate collodion process. Working in a variety of photographic-based media, her work explores place, belonging, and memory influenced by the Newfoundland landscape of her childhood. Stentaford received a MA in Photography from the Edinburgh College of Art, a BFA from Mount Allison University, and a BEd, Visual Arts Specialist, from NSCAD University and Mount Saint Vincent University. She is currently an Associate Professor in the Pierre Lassonde School of Fine Arts, Mount Allison University.

Rhonda Weppler and Trevor Mahovsky, Solaris, 2023-2024, compilation of video stills from video installation, courtesy of the Artists

Rhonda Weppler and Trevor Mahovsky

January 13 – May 5, 2024
Vernissage: January 13 @ 2:00 pm

Curator: Lucy MacDonald

Artists Rhonda Weppler and Trevor Mahovsky have worked collaboratively since 2004. Their work has increasingly incorporated communal aspects of making, such as DIY tutorial videos, and virtual crafting bees, in the context of economies of appropriation, trade, and the gift. Their exhibition at the Owens features two works: the new video installation Solaris, and a special Sackville presentation of the Pom-Pom Jam Mobile Hub.

Solaris originates in a series of collaborative workshops the artists gave at Marshview Middle School and the Owens Art Gallery in 2023. Participants made single-line drawings, small relief sculptures, and evocative soundscapes exploring the ways water connects all living things. The artists then cast the resulting sculptures in ice, filming each one as it melted into a puddle of water. Through this process of transformation, the sculptures appear to rise like monumental icebergs from the sea only to melt again, suggesting both the beginning and the end of the world.

The Pom-Pom Jam Mobile Hub uses craft yarn sourced on eBay. Commonly made using leftover yarn, pom-poms are flourishes requiring no special skills, tools, or financial means. Each pom-pom bin in the Hub contains a pom-pom making kit with distinct colour pallets of yarn that are identified by their source location. Echoing abandoned craft projects, the yarn is taken up anew by participants, as an internet-enabled collaboration across space and time.

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We would like to acknowledge that the Owens Art Gallery, Mount Allison University, is located within the traditional territory of Mi’kma’ki, the unceded ancestral homelands of the Mi’kmaq. Our relationship and our privilege to live on this territory was agreed upon in the Peace and Friendship Treaties of 1725 to 1752. Because of this treaty relationship, it is to be acknowledged that we are all Treaty People and have a responsibility to respect this territory.

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