Archive for category: Past Exhibitions

The Body Thieves: Lisa Jayne Irvine & Andrew McPhail

Irvine_Brood Chamber_detail

February 2, 2017 to March 1, 2017

Location: RBC Community Gallery
Public reception: Thursday February 9, 5pm-7pm

Who has stolen your body? Illness has many metaphors, from possession to warfare, and the theft of the body by spirit or disease is central to many. Since the Middle Ages and well into the modern era, there has been a long history of body snatching, primarily to enable anatomical research in the name of science. In our work we question these paradigms, moving towards a gesture that is cumulative, cooperative, industrious and that augments identity. We steal our bodies back, reclaiming them and their terrible catastrophes.

About the Artists
Lisa Jayne Irvine is a sculptor and mixed media artist whose inspiration is rooted in her exploration of the body. She has an Honours Specialist in the Art & Art History program from the University of Toronto and her Bachelor of Education from Queenʼs University. Irvine has exhibited her work extensively including at the Canadian Sculpture Centre, Hart House, and John B. Aird Gallery, to name a few. In 2013, she received the Emerging Artists Grant from the Ontario Arts Council and continues to work in her studio in Mississauga.

Andrew McPhail is a Canadian visual artist. He was born in Calgary Alberta in 1961 and studied at York University where he received his MFA in 1987. Living in Toronto in the 1980’s and 90’s his work focused primarily on drawing, often with pencil crayon on a polyester film called mylar. After moving to Hamilton in 2005, his practice shifted towards three dimensional work, performance and painting. His accumulative, craft oriented work reconfigures disposable materials such as Band-Aids, Kleenex and pins into large sculpture and installations. He has exhibited nationally and internationally and in 2013 was the recipient of the Canada Council International Studio in Paris. He is also cofounder, with Stephen Altena, of the Hundred Dollar Gallery in Hamilton, Ontario.

Image: Lisa Jayne Irvine, Brood Chamber (installation detail), 2015.



December 2, 2016 to January 29, 2017

Location: Lee-Chin Family Gallery
Public reception: Thursday December 1, 5pm-7pm

Marc Audette and Edward Maloney present ideas on the horizon. The exhibition explores the horizon line and its importance in the art world, as well as the concept and meaning of the ‘horizon’ itself .

About the Artists
Marc Audette studied fine art at the University of Quebec in Hull and earned a Masters in Visual Arts from York University. His work has been shown in solo and group exhibitions nationally and internationally including Le Mois de la Photo à Montréal, Le Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, Galerie 44 (Toronto), the McLaren Art Centre (Barrie) and DiVA Videoart Fair (New York) Plaza Arte (Medellin) Colombia. He is a founding member of L’AGAVF : L’Association des groupes en arts visuels francophones (AGAVF), a national arts service organization that represents visual arts groups active in Francophone communities outside the province of Quebec. He teaches visual art courses in the Multidisciplinary Studies Department at the Glendon campus, and was the curator of the Glendon Gallery from 2001 to 2014.

His work can be found in several public and corporate collections including the City of Ottawa, the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, TD Bank, McCarthy Tétrault LLP, Osler, and Hoskin & Harcourt LLP.

Edward Maloney is a multi-disciplinary artist based in Montreal. His work and collaborations were featured at Le Festival Montréal en Lumière and Nuit Blanche in Montreal, and in multiple Canadian galleries including Show and Tell Gallery, Toronto, Red Bird Gallery, Montreal, Les Territories, Montreal, pfoac221, and a solo exhibition at Pierre-François Ouellette art contemporain (Toronto) in February 2014. He was selected to represent Canada at the World Event Young Artists in Nottingham, England during the Cultural Olympiad in September 2012 – presenting an interactive installation entitled “Figments of Reality”.

Image: Marc Audette, Étang, 2016

Laurent Craste: Épuration

CRASTE 3 - Immolation

December 2, 2016 to January 29, 2017

Location: Perry Gallery
Artist talk: Wednesday November 30, 7pm-8:30pm
Public reception: Thursday December 1, 5pm-7pm

Craste’s 13 new works examine the notion of aesthetics in the decorative arts, specifically the shift from ornaments to what is now seen as the clean aesthetics of design.

About the Artist
Ceramist by trade, Laurent Craste is an internationally renowned visual artist whose practice focuses on the exploration of the multiple layers of meaning of decorative objects: ideologically, aesthetically, and through their sociological and historical dimensions. The porcelain vase, in particular, has for years been the subject of predilection of the artist’s work. Laurent Craste appropriates this archetypal figure of decorative arts, using it as matter, support and playground for his artistic interventions, in order to create striking formal and conceptual proposals.

Laurent Craste holds a Master in Visual and Media Arts from UQAM, and he was awarded numerous prizes and awards during his career. His works are on display in numerous private and public collections (Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, the Public Collection of the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade of Canada, The Cirque du Soleil Collection, etc.).

Image: Laurent Craste, Immolation, 2016

AGB Ceramics Residency: Dawn Hackett-Burns

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January 3, 2017 to January 31, 2017

Location: RBC Community Gallery
Public reception: Tuesday January 3, 6pm-8pm

The Art Gallery of Burlington is proud to present the first AGB Ceramics Residency exhibition featuring the work of 2016/17 resident Dawn Hackett-Burns. With access to fully equipped studios, the residency allows artists to build their portfolio with diverse projects that support the Gallery’s programming. It provides the artist with the opportunity to teach in community and studio programs, and to present new work in a solo exhibition in the RBC Community Gallery.

About the Artist
Dawn Hackett-Burns is an emerging ceramic artist based in Greensville, Ontario. Mostly self-taught, she has honed her craft by attending workshops and receiving mentorship from ceramic artist Colleen O’Reilly. Her practice focuses on the use of pattern and repetition, and colours that speak to vibrant cultures observed in her travels. The residency has allowed Hackett-Burns to explore different ideas and formats, and the work in this exhibition is a direct result of the residency. The work presented in this exhibition is hand built and the patterning is elevated through low relief carving and hand-painted designs. Hackett-Burns has taught children’s classes at the Art Gallery of Burlington for the past eight years, and her teaching often intersects with her artistic practice.

Image: Dawn Hackett-Burns, Untitled (Herringbone), 2016

Community Event: Fibre Content

Autumns_Last_HurrahSeptember 8 to September 18, 2016

Location: Lee-Chin Family Gallery & RBC Community Gallery
Public reception: Sunday September 11, 1pm-3pm

Juried Exhibition of Fibre Art
This exhibition will display 125 fibre art quilts and mixed media works by 80 artists from across Ontario from the following groups:

Studio Art Quilts Associates (SAQA)
Grand Guild of Fibre Artists
Burlington Fibre Arts Guild
Oakville Fibre Artists
Connections Fibre Artists
Group of Eight Fibre Artists
Burlington Handweavers & Spinners Guild
Burlington Hooking Craft Guild

Admission is Free!
A full colour catalogue of all works will be available for $10.

The Jurors for Fibre Content 2016
William Hodge – Retired after 40 years Textile Professor, OCAD University
Virginia Eichhorn – Director & Chief Curator, Tom Thomson Art Gallery
Rachel Miller – Textile Studio Head and Professor Craft & Design Program, Sheridan College
NEW for 2016:
A special part of the show this year is an Interactive Exhibit. Artists have made numerous samples of their techniques and styles which you can handle and examine to understand how the work is done – a true learning experience!

There will also be a series of Artist Talks on how these pieces are made, which are free of charge and open to everyone.

Dianne Gibson             Saturday Sept 10th from 1pm to 2pm
Maggie Vanderweit    Wednesday Sept 14th from 10am to 11am
Mita Giacomini            Sunday Sept 18th from 1pm to 2pm


For more information

Image: Juanita Sauve, Look Up; Autumn’s Last Hurrah.


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