Past Exhibitions

Materialize

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September 23 to November 28, 2016

Location: Perry Gallery
Public reception: Thursday September 22, 5pm-7pm

Craft Ontario is committed to fostering the next generation of professional craft practice, and this year’s exhibition is the third annual juried collection of emerging work that celebrates a diversity of creative, innovative and skilled incarnations of material culture. 2016 also marks Craft Ontario’s 40th anniversary, and as part of this celebratory year we are partnering with the Art Gallery of Burlington to host the exhibition in the Perry Gallery. Juried by Denis Longchamps and Janna Hiemstra, Craft Ontario is pleased to present the work of:

Incorporating wireframe forms and layers gives Alex Kinsley’s work a sense of depth and volume, which allows pieces to be viewed from various perspectives, and the bright, bold colours demand attention. Alex enjoys observing how people change when they wear his pieces: how they hold their bodies and how the observer is drawn in. He takes pleasure in the ambiguity – is it sculpture, is it jewellery, is it clothing?

Amanda Gresik’s work is based on her own experiences of the hospital environment to explore the tedious nature of being in a waiting room. She uses ‘Whitework’ which is a traditional type of embroidery that has been used to document and celebrate important events in people’s lives. With white linen fabric and cotton thread, she re-creates the waiting room environment, focusing on items one gathers while staring at the nearby clock.

Andrée Chénier draws inspiration from historical jewellery forms like memento mori, étuits, lockets and perfume rings, which were designed to store utilitarian or meaningful objects close to the body. With a passion to create jewellery that connects us to nature, Andrée focuses on a point of interest such as an unusual stone, the twist of a branch, a flower petal or a feather, and uses it to create a visual design while also containing it within the piece itself.

Anne-Sophie Vallée’s inquisitiveness into cultural traditions in South America led her to discover different ways of living, and to explore diverse approaches to value and aesthetics. She finds working with materials a way to reconcile wide open space and interior life, and she aims to create portable objects that act as a metaphor for place, where reality and a new sense of meaning converge.

In developing her work, Brittany MacDougall seeks to create dynamic relationships between each element, and enjoys creating visual interest by incorporating secondary mediums such as fabric, metal and colour. She is drawn to asymmetrical forms and the use of negative space, which she strategically uses to make each side of an object an engaging visual experience for the user.

Cassic Ho is a passionate designer and maker, and is a recent graduate of the Craft and Design Furniture program at Sheridan College. She has developed an increased awareness of the infinite possibilities available through combining digital and traditional modes of making. Multicultural experiences inspire her to visualize objects and express ideas in conceptual way, while always maintaining a respect for materials and quality craftsmanship.

Cheng-Ou Yu’s process begins with combining contemporary Western approaches to ceramics (trying to work towards innovation and originality) with the influence of Chinese traditions (a high level of respect for historical forms and using repetition and technique to reach the ideals of “quality” and “beauty”). He uses molds as a method of exploring and generating new forms, by interchanging various parts of the mold itself.

Emma Chorostecki is currently studying in the Bachelor program at Sheridan College, specializing in Furniture. In her work she attempts to design striking yet simple pieces, often playing with negative space. She enjoys designing and making objects that come from a playful capacity and that can be trusted to last, while also focusing on the environmental impact of her practice.

Karla Rivera’s work consists of functional and sculptural ceramics. She is interested in forms that make connections between elements of nature such as the wind, the shape of a mountain, or sand. Most of Karla’s work is made by throwing – this creates the first of many marks, after which she cuts and alters the forms, accumulating more marks, until multiple firings have the final say.

Kristian Spreen is interested in the interaction between abstract form and abstract imagery. Her handmade glass shapes are utilized as canvases for expressionistic drawings – there is no beginning or end to the imagery, and it can never be viewed all at once. Her work is meant to draw attention to the differences between our perception of 2-dimensional visual art and 3-dimensional sculpture.

With a great desire to learn and be creative within diverse fields, Joon Hee Kim’s pursuit of learning has included a unique combination of 2D and 3D knowledge that ultimately led her to study ceramics at Sheridan College. In her current graduate studies at the Chelsea College of Arts, she continues to explore work that reflects the persevering burden of human relationships, behaviors, and emotions.

Pasha Moezzi‘s jewellery creations are highly influenced by the world of architecture with clean lines, elegant curves and geometric shapes. His design process begins by subtracting from a larger shape and then introducing new shapes and forms only when absolutely necessary. He enjoys creating objects from scrap pieces of metal, and using unorthodox methods and tools, such as a table saw and band saw, to achieve his desired look.

Nurielle Stern creates sculptural ceramic objects and immersive installations that combine ceramics and video projection. Her work navigates the malleability of language and materials, the historic role of craftsman as storyteller, and the dialectics of inside and outside—the tamed and the wilderness. Her ceramic pieces are saturated with texture and vibrant glazes imbue them with a hyper-real quality.

Reid Ferguson is an emerging artist from Kitchener-Waterloo, and is studying at Sheridan College in the Craft and Design program. Working primarily in glass, he creates handcrafted objects with an urban industrial aesthetic. His current series of bowls with a concrete exterior and an opaque layer of glass on the interior feature magnified photographs of graffiti that reference specific locations from the streets of Kitchener.

As a current student of the Sheridan College Furniture program, Richard Chan has a passion for hands-on work. As an emerging artist, he hopes to accumulate as much experience in the industry as possible in order to open his own independent practice as a designer of furniture and functional objects. His current work blends a modern aesthetic with unique visual elements that offer a personal touch to each piece.

Tammy McClennan is interested in how we interact with nature and how value may be assigned to it. Through the fabrication of sculptural objects, she is able to explore nature as form, to consider shapes and textures, while often assigning a new function. Something that is seemingly ‘everyday’ can actually be transformed into objects of value, objects that can be worn and displayed.

Image: Pasha Moezzi, Cle‐O Necklace, Brass thrown on the lathe with sterling silver snake chain.

John Willard Fibre Arts Residency: Karen Cummings

DSC_5114withoutframeSeptember 20 to October 19, 2016

Location: RBC Community Gallery
Public reception: Thursday September 22, 5pm-7pm

The first recipient of the John Willard Fibre Arts Resident, Karen Cummings, presents her new work in this exhibition.

In the summer of 2013 the Art Gallery of Burlington proudly launched the John Willard Fibre Arts Residency to celebrate the remarkable life of John Willard. Not one to follow the rules of tradition, Willard turned the craft of quilting into a truly remarkable art form. With scissors, needles, thread and fabrics Willard created his own one of a kind quilt designs whether inspired by traditional patterns that he had deconstructed or by historical events. To continue Willard’s legacy as a fibre art teacher, the residency enables artists to have access to one of the AGB resident fibre studios in order to develop a body of work for their first solo exhibition in the RBC Community Gallery.

About the Artist
Karen Cummings describes her current work as abstract collage for which she uses fabric and fibre. Cummings sees her eclectic collection as an opportunity for personal expression, based on the classical techniques of machine and hand stitching. Her work at times can be careful, contrasted to the frenzied moments of fast machine-stitched along with the arranging and rearranging of fabric, thus creating endless possibilities of diverse surfaces. Between the harsh difference of the rate of speed at which Cummings works and techniques used, Cummings hopes to convey her message.

Image: Karen Cummings, Blink, 2015.

Community Event: Art in Action Pre-Tour Exhibition and Sale

Art in Action 2014

October 22 to November 20, 2016

Location: RBC Community Gallery
Reception: Thursday October 27, 7pm-9pm

See a sampling of the fine art that can be found at the upcoming Art in Action Burlington Studio Tour held on the first weekend in November at nine different studio locations around our great city. Art in Action invites you to meet some of the region’s finest artists and artisans who will be demonstrating their skills and selling their one of a kind art. For maps and more info please go to www.artinaction.ca

Body of Work

RBC BoW Poster_BannerNovember 25, 2016 to December 30, 2016

Location: RBC Community Gallery

Come be inspired by the work of our adult students and instructors. If you are considering taking a class or giving one as a gift, come and see what you can expect…some amazing talent is sparked here!

 

Burlington Fine Arts Association’s 50th Anniversary

BFAA_50TH_Invite_Page_1June to September 2016

Opening Reception: Wednesday June 15, 5pm-7pm

To mark its 50th anniversary, the Burlington Fine Arts Association (BFAA) in collaboration with the Art Gallery of Burlington (AGB), is excited to present three exhibitions to celebrate this golden milestone.

Burlington Urban & Rural
June 16 – September 5, 2016
Lee-Chin Family Gallery

A multidisciplinary exhibition, Burlington Urban & Rural explores Burlington’s surrounding landscape and history from a rural and urban perspective; be it social, architectural, cultural or environmental.

Power of Passion
June 16 – August 14, 2016
RBC Community Gallery

This exhibition features the work of BFAA artists, past and present, who achieved solo gallery shows at the Art Gallery of Burlington.

Presidents’ Wall
June 1 – July 25, 2016
Fireside Lounge

Featuring the works of past Presidents of the Burlington Fine Arts Association.

Jordan MacLachlan: Radiance in Uncontrollable Worlds

Mary Philpott_Rabbit and CrowJune 11 to September 5, 2016

Location: Perry Gallery
Curator: Jonathan Smith
Public reception: Wednesday June 15, 5pm-7pm

Originally created for a stop motion film, this sequential series of works presents a raw emotional narrative of temptation, love and pain through the perspective of spirit animals.

About the Artist
MacLachlan works with clay and mixed media in her Toronto studio. She has always been partial to working with clay because “…I love working with clay, even just the smell of it. This humble medium has been a constant in my days ever since I was a child, and in many ways it has become both my comfort in life and my pathway to a more attentive mind.” Her works are commonly finished with a sparing use of glazes, slips, paints, make-up and found materials, and sometimes leaving the works unfired.

She has shown her work across Canada including the National Museum of Natural Science in Ottawa, Orange L’evenement de Art Actuel de Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec, and the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art in Toronto, Her works can be found in corporate and institutional collections including the Confederation Centre for the Arts (PEI), and the Robert McLaughlin Gallery in Oshawa.
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Image: Jordan MacLachlan, Radiance in Uncontrollable Worlds, 2006-2007 (Detail).

View the film online here

Mary Philpott: Murder of Crows

Mary Philpott_Rabbit and CrowJune 11 to September 25, 2016

Location: Dan Lawrie Family Courtyard
Curator: Jonathan Smith
Public reception: Wednesday June 15, 5pm-7pm

Mary Philpott, a noted functional potter whose work has been inspired by Neo-Gothic architecture and William Morris’ Arts and Craft movement, has in recent years taken her decorative motifs of animals and birds and transformed them into live-sized three dimensional sculptures, a perfect synthesis of nature and style set in our garden courtyard.

About the Artist

Inspired by the colour, narration and design of medieval illuminated books, tapestries and architecture, Philpott’s work explores the story of flora and fauna in her surrounding landscape. At her studio, Verdant Tile Co., she designs custom pressed tile in porcelain. The animals and birds depicted in her tiles are frequently referenced in her sculptural pieces.

In addition to receiving a BFA in Art History and Archaeology at the University of Guelph, Philpott is a graduate of the Ceramics and Design program at the School of Craft and Design at Sheridan College. She has also studied Anthropology and Archaeology at McMaster University, and Ceramics Intensives at Alfred University in New York.

She is the 2015 recipient of the Helen Copeland Award from Craft Ontario for an established artist working in her field.

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Image: Mary Philpott, Hare and Crow, 2016.

Community Event: CreArtivity

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August 19 to September 5, 2016

Location: RBC Community Gallery
Public reception: Friday August 19, 3pm-4pm

The Art Gallery of Burlington and the Curating Experience Team are proud to present the artwork of the 2016 kids summer camps. Come and experience some of our community’s most original figure’s masterpieces; including various media like printmaking, 3D artwork, paintings and much more!

All Guilds Show

All Guilds Show_2015 BannerApril 23, 2016 to May 22, 2016

Location: Lee-Chin Family Gallery
Opening Reception: Friday April 22, 5pm-7pm

This annual exhibition will celebrate the works of members from our guilds which include the Fibre Arts Group, Burlington Fine Arts Association, Burlington Handweavers and Spinners Guild, Latow Photographers Guild, Burlington Potters’ Guild, Burlington Rug Hooking and Craft Guild, and the Burlington Guild of Sculptors and Woodcarvers, with juried and curated shows.

Mundialization: Student Art Exchange

DSC_0005April 27, 2016 to May 26, 2016

Location: RBC Community Gallery

In conjunction with the City of Burlington’s Mundialization Committee, the AGB presents a display of student artwork from Trinity Christian School in Burlington, and from Itabashi 10th Elementary School, Hasune Elementary School, and Wakagi Elementary School in our twin city of Itabashi, Japan. The definition of mundialization is the act of a city declaring itself a “world citizen” and being aware of global issues with a sense of shared rights and responsibility. The concept involves the twinning of cities from around the world, in the belief that peaceful cooperation depends on mutual trust and appreciation among peoples of different nations, races, and cultures. Mundialization encourages citizen connections as a way of fostering world peace and global understanding. Burlington’s twin cities are Itabashi, Japan and Apeldoorn, the Netherlands.