What’s On

On Paper

Island Studio Triptych 1_7 2012

February 10, 2017 to April 2, 2017

Location: Lee-Chin Family Gallery
Public reception: Thursday February 9, 5pm-7pm
Raphael Vella Artist Talk: Sunday February 12, 2pm
Naoko Matsubara Artist Talk: Sunday February 26, 2pm
Donna Ibing Artist Talk: Sunday March 5, 2pm

Paper is given life through the works presented in the two shows A Safe Haven: Raphael Vella and Visual Poetry: Contemporary Woodcuts. As a time honoured medium for artists, paper allows for the expression of thoughts, observations, reflections and statements. Artists Raphael Vella (Malta), Tom Hammick (United Kingdom), Donna Ibing (Burlington, ON) and Naoko Matsubara (Oakville, ON) use this medium to explore a variety of subject matter from contemporary politics to everyday life.

A Safe Haven: Raphael Vella combines his two series of drawings, For the Welfare of All Children alongside ten works from HOMeS. For Vella, the role of the artist is not to create an object, but to engage people by sparking discussions and questions. In For the Welfare of All Children, Vella questions society’s supervision of children and the imposed social structures to protect them. For the series HOMeS, Vella combines iconic buildings with the ravages of the Syrian War, bringing to the fore the power of war over peace and destruction over construction, while questioning the act of reclaiming such sites.

Visual Poetry: Contemporary Woodcuts looks at the work of Tom Hammick (United Kingdom), Donna Ibing (Burlington, ON) and Naoko Matsubara (Oakville, ON). Each artist works in a different style, though all execute their work on a grand scale producing multiple layers of meaning, creating unique and thought provoking work.

About the Artists
Raphael Vella is an artist, educator and curator based in Malta.  He obtained a PhD in Fine Arts at the University of the Arts London in 2006, and is currently Senior Lecturer at the University of Malta. He has exhibited his works in important international exhibitions and venues, including the Venice Biennale, Domaine Pommery (Reims, France), Modern Art Oxford in the UK and the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw, Poland.  For many years, he has also been active as a curator, having directed the Valletta International Visual Art festival (VIVA) in 2014 and 2015, and is currently co-curating the Malta Pavilion at the Venice Biennale of 2017. He has also directed the project ‘Divergent Thinkers’ for emerging artists in Malta since 2011.

Tom Hammick is a British artist based in East Sussex and London. He is a Senior Lecturer in Fine Art, Painting and Printmaking at the University of Brighton, and a Visiting Lecturer of Fine Art at University of Ulster, and Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (NSCAD University). He has work in many major public and corporate collections including the British Museum (Collection of Prints and Drawings), Victoria and Albert Museum, Bibliotheque Nationale de France (Collection of Prints and Drawings), Deutsche Bank, Yale Centre for British Art, and The Library of Congress, Washington, DC.

Donna Ibing of Burlington is a graduate of the Ontario College of Art, and is considered one of Ontario’s leading artists in painting and printmaking. Her work has been shown in major cities across Canada including Vancouver, Montreal, Ottawa and Toronto. Ibing’s work can be found in collections across Ontario including the Art Gallery of Hamilton, Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Kitchener/Waterloo Gallery and the Toronto Public Library and Archives.

Naoko Matsubara graduated from the Kyoto Academy of Fine Arts, and was a Fullbright scholar at the Carnegie Institute of Technology in Pittsburgh where she received her MFA. Subsequently she studied at the Royal College of Art in London. In 1981 she became a Fellow of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts, and in 2009 she received an honourary doctorate of Fine Art from Chatham University in Pittsburgh. She continues to create single-sheet woodcuts, paintings and murals from her Oakville studio. Matsubara’s work can be found in private and public collections around the world including the British Museum; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Cincinnati Art Museum; The White House; the National Museums of Modern Art, Tokyo and Kyoto; Staatliche Museum zu Berlin, Germany; Royal Ontario Museum; and Yale University Art Gallery.

Image: Tom Hammick, Island Studio, EV 6/7, reduction woodcut, 72″ x 143″ (triptych), 2016.

Serendipity: When Life Gives You Lemons

Thrown_OYoung

February 4, 2017 to April 16, 2017

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

Serendipity, or the happy accident, where one recognizes that the unforeseen result is as good as if not better than the expected result, has a long history in the world of ceramics. While one must be able to recognize the unforeseen, there are artists who have encouraged this result.  Drawn from the Permanent Collection of the AGB, see some of the surprises that artists have found when they opened the kiln door.

Image: Kayo O’Young, Blue Teapot, 2009.

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.