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Kyle Tonkens

The Grand Connection: Funeral Procession for the Beloved Departed, Burial Mounds, and the Infinite Expansion

August 11 to September 13, 2015

Location: RBC Community Gallery
Artist: Kyle Tonkens

“In order to be fully in Love with Life, one must embrace all of Life’s aspects, including suffering, loss, and ultimately death.”
–Henrietta Markham

‘The Grand Connection: Funeral Procession for the Beloved Departed, Burial Mounds, and the Infinite Expansion’, by Kyle Tonkens explores traditional rituals and ceremonies surrounding death, and re-works them using a multi-disciplinary and wonderfully colourful approach, suggesting that even moments of suffering and loss may be approached from a position of love.

Image: Kyle Tonkens, Burial Mound (detail), 2014.

Wind & Waves

Wind & Waves

March 20 – April 19, 2015

Location: RBC Community Gallery
Artist: Hamed Naseri

Hamed Naseri’s bold pen paintings draw inspiration from his life and the world around him. Nature, figures, architecture and the concept of ‘home’ are explored in imaginative realms in his works. Persian poems are often incorporated into his paintings, occasionally appearing as part of the design. These fine details add to the painting’s narrative, combining traditional stories with vibrant images. Naseri seeks to immerse viewers in his imagination – to feel the fire, wind and waves.

For Naseri, creating his paintings in public spaces allows him to observe the nature of the city and spaces around him. Winds & Waves showcases recent works by the artist since immigrating to Canada from Iran.

Image: Hamed Naseri, Rumi Nebula, 2014.

All Guilds Show

Wind & Waves

April 25 – May 24, 2015

Location: Lee-Chin Family Gallery
Curator sections by: Denis Longchamps & Jonathan Smith
Reception: Sunday, April 26, 2-4 pm

In 2015, the Art Gallery of Burlington will present for the first time, the annual All Guilds Show. The exhibition will celebrate the works of members from 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./p>

Unpaid Labour

Unpaid Labour

April 4 – May 26, 2015

Location: Perry Gallery
Curator: Denis Longchamps
Reception:Sunday April 26, 2-4 pm

The artistic career of Mary Rawlyk is multifold. Of interest for the exhibition, Unpaid Labour, is her practice as a printmaker from the 1970 to the 1990s when she explored themes of domesticity. The work focuses on women’s contribution to the family in the form of unpaid and unrecognised labour. Her prints were produced in a domestic environment where the family was priority. Of course, family obligation took precedence over her urge to create, and the necessary compromises were not always welcome.

The prints presented in Unpaid Labour highlights the isolation of the domestic work place. Interestingly, while the prints are from more than twenty years ago, still today, domestic work is taken for granted as the obligation for women. Mary Rawlyk used different printmaking techniques: soft ground etching, relief and screen printing, off-set, and photographic heat transfer processes. Apron, iron, sewing machine and interiors are used to represent Unpaid Labour.

Image: Mary Rawlyk, Sewing, 1975.

Of Water & Tides


February 7 – April 5, 2015

Location: Lee-Chin Family Gallery
Artist: Lyndal Osborne
Curator: Denis Longchamps
Reception: February 8, 2-4pm

Lyndal Osborne brings together her experiences living in Bundanon along the Shoalhaven River in Australia, and her current residence in rural Edmonton by the North Saskatchewan River. The contrasting environments that these two rivers inhabit are brought together in the installation Shoalwan: River Through Fire, River of Ice. Over 7,500 glass jars create a glistening river that connects fire islands of singed materials from Australia, to the ice islands of Canada.

In the video installation Tidal Trace, (a collaboration with John Freeman), Osborne recreates a beach with images and sounds of the sea washing on the shore. The waves bring to shore pebbles, shells, plastic and other refuse discarded by offshore fishermen, or left behind by other beach users. For Osborne, the cyclical nature of the tide is both meditative and restorative.

This visual experience explores the binary relationships of nature/culture, fragility/power and preservation/extinction, while creating a sense of unity between these elements.

Image: Shoalwan: River Through Fire, River of Ice – 2003 (Detail)


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