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Community Event: Keep Me Warm One Night

BHWS_6November 25, 2015 to December 13, 2015

Location: RBC Community Gallery
Curators: Members of the Burlington Handweavers & Spinners Guild

The transformation of natural fibre from fleece to fashion and function is one way to define a culture. From gently hand spinning fibre to yarn, to hand dying a spectrum of colours, to meticulously hand weaving the fabrics. Fabrics not only provide warmth for our body, but familiar colours, patterns and textures can warm the soul.

Naked Craft

Naked Craft

June 20 – September 6, 2015

Location: Lee-Chin Family Gallery
Curators: Sandra Alfoldy (NSCAD), Denis Longchamps (Art Gallery of Burlington), Juliette MacDonald (Edinburgh College of Art), Emma Quin (Craft Ontario), Arno Verhoeven (Edinburgh College of Art)
Symposium: Saturday, June 27, 10am-4pm
Reception: Sunda, June 28, 2-4pm

This international project brings together the best of contemporary Canadian and Scottish crafts. Makers from these two countries are united in this exhibition to celebrate the shared sense of northern resilience as both of them rest to the north of a southern powerhouse. People in Scotland and Canada have a tendency to identify themselves by what they are not; Not English, Not American, and our countries appear to struggle to retain our freedom from those southern neighbours. Contemporary craft builds upon traditions and heritage that are place holders that aid in defining our identity and cultures.

This exhibition will strip ideas of craft back down to four themes that bridge the past and the present, traditional and changing ideas:

    1. New Positions

    2. Down and Dirty: politics and materials
    3. Do-it-Yourself: DIY
    4. Tooling Up: New technologies and economies

Image: Kari Woo, Foundation, 2015

Gothic

GOTHIC

June 20 – September 6, 2015

Location:Perry Gallery
Artists: Mary Philpott, Janet MacPherson, Christina MacEwen
Curator: Jonathan Smith
Reception:  Sunday, June 28, 2pm-4pm

While the term Gothic is use to describe the ornate and complex European style of art that dates from approximately 1000 AD to the birth of the Renaissance, the word is now applied to a much broader idea.
The word, ‘gothic ‘, has over the years taken on numerous shades of meaning from romantic to other worldly. Three ceramic artists, Mary Philpott (Stratford, Ontario), Janet MacPherson (Toronto, Ontario) and Christina MacEwen (Ottawa, Ontario), have each taken an aspect of this idea and made it their own.

Image: Christina MacEwan – Horned Curmudgen Jar (Detail – Circa 1985)

Arrieros

Wind & Waves

June 13 to September 30, 2015

Location: AGB Courtyard
Artist: Jordi Alfaro

Jordi Alfaro, originally from Spain but now a resident of Dundas, Ontario has looked at the abstract nature of the design of the Courtyard and created a series of monolithic forms that complement the straight horizontal and vertical lines of both the architecture and the plantings of the space. His single large sculptures and his stacked round forms have the evocative sense of prehistoric monuments like Stonehenge in England, or Carnac in France, but their often bright coloured glazes and crisp bands of colour hint at minimal sculpture out of the 1960’s. Placed in amongst the plantings or out on the concrete surfaces, these works engage the viewer asking them to navigate the space with an increased awareness. These works suggest the contemplative nature that one finds in the Zen stone gardens in Japan but is totally unique to this artist. The quiet strength of these works transforms the space into as oasis of calm on an otherwise busy day.

Opening reception: Sunday, June 28, 2pm – 4pm
Image: Jordi Alfaro, Untitled (detail), 2015.

Divine Abyss

GOTHIC

July 11 to August 8, 2015

Location: RBC Community Gallery
Artist: Tyler Tekatch

Time is divided into
Seconds, minutes, hours, years,
And centuries. Take any
One of them and add up its
Content, all the world over.
One division contains much
The same as any other.

-Kenneth Rexroth, Time is the Mercy of Eternity

In Divine Abyss, the physical materiality of film, the mechanism by which film makes a record of time, becomes the central focus. As a medium, I’ve always felt that film’s antecedent is stained glass, which relies on light to give it form and illuminate its intricate patterns. Film is like stained glass in motion.

Rather than focusing on the projected image, I wanted to rearrange the basic elements of film – light, movement and time – and explore how they might manifest in a physical installation. The film strips are used not for their projected image, but for showing how colour and form look over time. The flickering light of the projector, rather than enabling the illusion of motion picture, scatters across the images. The movement of light doesn’t progress an image, but briefly illuminates the singular, discrete moments captured in each frame.

The content of the film strips hold personal and poetic significance. The colour film strips are home movies, scenes from my great uncle’s life…parties, sunsets, vacations, family. The negative strips are time-lapses of flowers and plants blossoming over time. The black and white film strips are scenes from a 1950’s travelogue of the Grand Canyon, which seemed an apt metaphor for time. The Grand Canyon, I discovered from this travelogue film, was once referred to as “the divine abyss”, which seems a great description of time itself. – Tyler Tekatch

Image: Tyler Tekatch, Divine Abyss (Video still), 2015.

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