Exhibition

In Search of Self: Denise McKay

Start date: March 9, 2019 - End date: April 28, 2019

In Search of Self: Denise McKay

March 9 - April 28, 2019

RBC Gallery

A retrospective exhibition is always a fascinating exercise to see where an artist started, where she went, and how she got there. The career of Denise McKay seems to have moved through many different paths, but on closer examination, there is a thread that unites it all. 

McKay was raised in rural British Columbia and in the 1960s, after a short teaching career, she found an expressive outlet working with clay.  Up until that time she had painted, but the clay experience was much more direct.

Here, two diverging ideas crept into McKay’s functional work.  The first was figurative subject matter, where the human form started to appear, first as small faces on bottles and then the bottle forms stated to evolve into standing figures.  The second concept was her formal ideas around colour, formed when McKay noticed how glazes would run and pool when fired.  McKay wanted to return to painting, but was not willing to give up on her ceramic work.  She started to create paintings and ceramics where the glazes on the pots were then transformed into large abstract large canvases.  Here she could study formal relationship around colour and form and how they worked on both the two and three dimensional surface.

Each step in the creative path that McKay has taken has
deepened her own understanding of what it is that she wants to express. Having
moved from craft to art, medium to medium, technical skill to expression, three
dimensional to two and back, functional to abstract to figurative, each step
has enriched her work.  The late metal
sculpture can seem like a departure but she has claimed back her figurative
past and enhanced it with an expanded knowledge of the expressive nature of
colour texture and form.

Sanctuary: Chari Cohen

Start date: January 9, 2019 - End date: April 21, 2019

Sanctuary: Chari Cohen

Perry Gallery

January 9 - April 21, 2019

Chari Cohen's Sanctuary examines the boundary between sculpture and installation. Ceramics is no longer confined to a pedestal or plinth - ceramics is now free to inhabit any space and expand its boundaries.

All Guilds Show, Lore: Myths, Legends, and other Stories

Start date: April 20, 2019 - End date: May 19, 2019

All Guilds Show, Lore: Myths, Legends, and other Stories

Lore is a body of knowledge we build for ourselves. The myths, legends and other stories brought forward in this exhibition represent a diverse range of narratives and histories. From mythical beasts to historical figures, from playful stories to the difficult accounts, from the personal to the public, this collection of works is as varied as the as the guilds they represent.
LORE tells the story of the AGB. This is not the end of the story, nor is it the beginning. It is the turning point - the most exciting and revealing part of a story.

This annual exhibition celebrates the work of members from our guilds, including the Fibre Arts Guild, Burlington Fine Arts Association, Burlington Handweavers and Spinners Guild, Latow Photographers Guild, Burlington Potters’ Guild, Burlington Rug Hooking Craft Guild, and the Burlington Guild of Sculptors and Woodcarvers.

Images Left to Right: Sungmi Kong (Burlington Fine Arts Association), Gail Burstyn (Latow Photographers Guild), Bronwyn Iten-Scott (Burlington Hooking Craft Guild ), Jennifer Neve (Burlington Handweavers & Spinners Guild), Tricia W. Rawlins (Burlington Fibre Arts Guild), Jennifer Kettle (Burlington Potters' Guild), Ernie Stonks (Burlington Sculptors and Woodcarvers Guild).

Voices in Black Canadian Narratives

Start date: February 9, 2019 - End date: March 31, 2019

Voices in Black Canadian Narratives

Curator Lindon Barrett presents Voices in Black Canadian Narratives, an exhibition honouring the work of artists Joan Butterfield, Nicole Alexander, and Ian P. Grant. Each artist brings their own distinct voice to the fabric of Canadian stories and histories.

Opening Reception February 9, 6 to 9 PM

Voices in Black Canadian Narratives is presented in collaboration with the Halton Black History Awareness Society (HBHAS) and the Afro Canadian Caribbean Association (ACCA).

 

 

 

 

 

Image: Ian P. Grant, AGONY, 2015

Ears, Eyes, Voice: Black Canadian Photojournalists 1970s – 1990s

Start date: February 9, 2019 - End date: March 31, 2019

Ears, Eyes, Voice: Black Canadian Photojournalists 1970s – 1990s

Ears, Eyes, Voice brings together important visual works by Black Canadian Photojournalists Jules Elder, Eddie Grant, Diane Liverpool, Al Peabody and Jim Russell. Their combined archive reveals a comprehensive and rare record that visually documents over three decades of stories that tell the important history of Toronto’s diverse Black communities.

Opening Reception: Saturday, February 9, 6 to 9 PM

Ears, Eyes, Voice is organized and circulated by Black Artists’ Networks in Dialogue (BAND), and generously sponsored by Scotiabank.

 

 

 

Image: Eddie Grant, Prime Minister Manley shaking hands with Al Hamilton publisher of Contrast Newspaper. Looking on is Anthony Hill, former Jamaica High Commissioner to Canada, 1980.

DANCING ON THE GRAVE: Dil Hildebrand & Patrick Thibert

Start date: December 1, 2018 - End date: January 27, 2019

DANCING ON THE GRAVE: Dil Hildebrand & Patrick Thibert

As a sculptor, Thibert’s artistic practice has moved from a deep engagement with abstraction towards the figure and has since leapt back into the power of shape, line, and colour. A generation younger, Hildebrand’s paintings have evolved out of the magical realism of trompe-l’œil (to deceive the eye) into a playful struggle with the flatness of the green drafting grid. He is now embracing historical illustration as a jumping off point with his image-making.

It is their imaginative use of collage and layering that formally links these two artists. The resulting visual effects strike those elusive chords of emotional meaning. Both Hildebrand and Thibert force the viewer to put work into the process of looking. The reward is an unraveling of subtle nuances that tug at poignant memories and connections buried deep within us.

Opening night reception: 6 – 9pm, November 30, 2018

Image: Dil Hildebrand, The Mouth Breatheth Out, 2017

Beautiful Scars: Mohawk Warriors, Hunters, and Chiefs – The Art of Tom Wilson

Start date: December 1, 2018 - End date: January 27, 2019

Beautiful Scars: Mohawk Warriors, Hunters, and Chiefs – The Art of Tom Wilson

Indigenous Artist Tom Wilson is a Canadian cultural icon from Hamilton, Ontario, who is well known for his musical work as Junkhouse, Blackie and the Rodeo Kings, and Lee Harvey Osmond. Wilson has more recently been recognized for his literary endeavours thanks to the critical and commercial success of his 2017 autobiography Beautiful Scars. Wilson has been developing his visual art practice over the past two decades, and the AGB is pleased to present his first museum exhibition.

The works that make up the exhibition arise from the same creative journey as did Wilson’s autobiography. Wilson created both projects in response to his discovery at age 53 that he had been adopted, and that he is Mohawk. This exhibition forms an integral part of Wilson’s captivating story of his re-interpretation of his own identity.

Opening Reception: November 30, 6 to 9 PM

Image: Tom Wilson - The Long Road Home Kahnawake

Territories in Metal: Brigitte Clavette, Chantal Gilbert, Lou Lynn & Silvia Taylor

Start date: February 2, 2019 - End date: March 31, 2019

Territories in Metal: Brigitte Clavette, Chantal Gilbert, Lou Lynn & Silvia Taylor

Territories in Metal presents the work of Brigitte Clavette, Chantal Gilbert, Lou Lynn, and Silvia Taylor – four artists who work with metal and the inclusion of other materials. While these artists may be linked by medium, it is the distinctive way each artist challenges the function of everyday objects that connect them.

Opening Reception: February 1, 6 PM to 9 PM

Show runs from February 2 - March 31, 2019

Images from left to right: Silvia Taylor, Ogee Arroyo Series (detail), Brigitte Clavette, Migration (detail), Lou Lynn, Shovel 1, Chantal Gilbert, La Roseraie

Diana Thorneycroft: Black Forest (dark waters)

Start date: September 22, 2018 - End date: November 18, 2018

Diana Thorneycroft: Black Forest (dark waters)

Winnipeg artist Diana Thorneycroft presents three of her recent works Herd, The Village and Black Forest (dark waters) in this stunning installation. Over a hundred and fifty toy horses stampede throughout the gallery in Herd, some with morphed appearances. The altered physical representation of the horses highlight a juxtaposition of the animals as vulnerable yet powerful, tamed but wild. The Village depicts the keepers of the herd. The photographic imagery of Black Forest (dark waters) surrounds Herd and The Village, exploring the relationship of the horses with herdsmen. The exhibition challenges our perception of differences and our relationship with others.


About the Artist

Diana Thorneycroft is a Winnipeg artist who has exhibited various bodies of work across Canada, the United States and Europe, as well as in Moscow, Tokyo and Sydney. She is the recipient of numerous awards including the 2016 Manitoba Arts Award of Distinction, an Assistance to Visual Arts Long-term Grant from the Canada Council, several Senior Arts Grants from the Manitoba Arts Council and a Fleck Fellowship from the Banff Centre for the Arts.

Thorneycroft taught as a sessional instructor at the University of Manitoba's School of Art for 25 years. Since 2010 she has been focusing on her studio practice full time, and has gallery representation in Canada, the US and Europe.

Image: Diana Thorneycroft, Deity (on fire), 2017, 21.6 x 30", digital photograph


Public reception: Friday September 21, 6pm-9pm
Artist & Curator Talk: Saturday September 22, 2pm
Guest Curator: Denis Longchamps

Mundialization: Student Art Exchange

Start date: April 26, 2018 - End date: May 27, 2018

Location: RBC Gallery

In conjunction with the City of Burlington’s Mundialization Committee, the AGB presents a display of student artwork from Sir Ernest MacMillan Public School in Burlington, and Fujimidai from 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.

The Koyanagi Family Donation

Start date: April 28, 2018 - End date: July 22, 2018

Location: Perry Gallery
Opening reception: Friday June 1, 2018, 6:00 – 9:00pm

The Art Gallery of Burlington is proud to present The Koyanagi Family Donation in memory and honour of Burlingtonian James Koyanagi

James Koyanagi, a Japanese Canadian resident of Burlington, lived for a decade in Tokyo during the 1960’s. Aware that modern technology was changing the traditional Japanese way of life, he began to collect the traditional ceramics made by village potters, known as Mingei pottery. In the process he met and collected the work of the finest ceramists working in this tradition. These artists would go on to become National Living Treasures – Hamada, Shimaoka, and Kawai. With Koyanagi’s death, his family donated an outstanding selection of these treasures to the AGB’s Permanent Collection which will be shown with a selection of Japanese prints and Koyanagi’s own photographs.

AGB Ceramics Residency: Karla Rivera

Start date: May 30, 2018 - End date: June 27, 2018

Location: RBC Gallery
Public reception: Friday June 1, 6pm-9pm

The Art Gallery of Burlington is proud to present the second AGB Ceramics Residency exhibition featuring the work of 2017/18 resident Karla Rivera. 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 Gallery.

About the Artist
Karla Rivera is a ceramic artist born and raised in Mexico City. After some travelling, she moved to Hamilton, Ontario. At this point she started to listen to her artistic voice and got involved in the world of ceramics. In 2015 she got a Ceramics Diploma from Sheridan College in the Craft and Design Program. In 2016 she got the position of Artist in residence in the Art Gallery of Burlington. While this happened she was chosen to participate in the Fusion program Creative Direction.

Rivera’s work consists of functional and sculptural ceramics. She is interested in the forms that make the connections between the structures of nature such as the shape of an island, and the emotional states of the human mind trying to interpret and project them.

Pacific Overtures

Start date: April 14, 2018 - End date: July 22, 2018

Location: Permanent Collection Corridor

Drawn from the AGB’s Permanent Collection, this exhibition looks at the effect that Japanese ceramics has had on Canadian ceramics. While many Canadians have gone to study in Japan, often heading toward the pottery town of Mashiko, the home of Hamada and Shimaoka, others have been inspired by the work of Bernard Leach who introduced Mingei pottery to the western world.

Thirst

Start date: June 30, 2018 - End date: July 29, 2018

Location: RBC Gallery
Public reception: Friday June 29, 6pm-8pm

As the first winner of the All Guilds Show Best in Show award, Jennifer Earle’s exhibition features her textile installation specifically created for the RBC Gallery on the theme of water and wine. Using hand woven towels and scarfs, many with statements pertaining to her subject, she has created a sculpture from everyday items raising our awareness of our day to day environment.

Dialogue

Start date: June 2, 2018 - End date: August 26, 2018

Location: Lee-Chin Family Gallery
Public reception: Friday June 1, 6pm-9pm

The Art Gallery of Burlington and the Burlington Handweavers & Spinners Guild present Dialogue in celebration of the 40th anniversary of the AGB, 35th anniversary of the AGB Permanent Collection, and 60th anniversary of the Burlington Handweavers & Spinners Guild. For this collaboration, a selection of 35 pieces from the Permanent Collection are presented as a source of inspiration for new work by the Burlington Handweavers & Spinners Guild. Colours, textures, patterns and ideas are extended from ceramic to textile, creating a shared conversation between artists and media.

My Eyes Are on You

Start date: June 1, 2018 - End date: September 9, 2018

Location: Dan Lawrie Family Courtyard
Public reception: Friday June 1, 6pm-9pm

Joon Hee Kim’s ceramic installation, My Eyes Are on You takes inspiration from historical gardens ranging from the Mannerist garden of the Park of the Monsters in Bomarzo Italy, to the formal grounds of Versailles. With this in mind she examines the nature of transition, how styles continuously change and how, while change may be inherently feared, something good can arise from it.

Patron’s Choice

Start date: August 4, 2018 - End date: October 21, 2018

Patron’s Choice

Working with the Permanent Collection Curator, patrons and donors Bonnie Sylvia and Louise Cooke who have supported the Collection over the years, will curate a small selection of work from the Collection to address an area of their interest. This is an opportunity to see how personal preferences help organize one’s ideas around collecting.

Public reception: Friday September 21, 6pm-9pm

Round: Bowls & Vases

Start date: August 4, 2018 - End date: October 7, 2018

Round: Bowls & Vases

Many ceramic artists have spoken about how the potter’s wheel has affected the expressive qualities of the medium by imposing a mechanical quality on their work. This exhibition will explore how the limitations of the round thrown form, has become an opportunity to explore the clay medium within a set of boundaries. Two of the most common thrown forms, bowl and vases, with skillful manipulation can become alive under the practiced hand of the master potter.

Public reception: Friday September 21, 6pm-9pm

 

60 by 60

Start date: August 1, 2018 - End date: September 16, 2018

60 by 60

Over 60 years, one can create a large body of work. When that “one” is the Burlington Handweavers and Spinners Guild (BHSG), the body of work is huge and wide-ranging. This year the BHSG is celebrating and acknowledging their 60 years as a guild. The exhibition will showcase a 60 piece collection of spinning, dyeing, beading, felting, weaving, and knitting, created by members past and present.

Public reception: Sunday September 9, 1pm-3pm
Guest Curator: Denis Longchamps

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