The exciting summer exhibitions at the gallery span historical, contemporary, video and new media practices, bringing together works from the permanent collection alongside works by emerging contemporary Canadian artists.
The major summer exhibition, Making Methods, was produced with the Robert McLaughlin Gallery and features Sarnia native Mark Stebbins and Toronto-based artists Sam Mogelonsky, and Becky Ip. The artists have each produced rich, multi-faceted works that are steeped in themes of traditional craft practices while showcasing a commitment to repetition and process. Their deliberate engagement with materials invites viewers to explore the role of hand-rendered art in an increasingly digitized society.
Through painting, sculpture, photography, and video, each artist explores notions of translation and absence, expressing an evolving appreciation for 'something new'. Making Methods provides a rich opportunity to compare and contrast exciting new work made by three emerging artists with greatly varied aesthetics.
Under New Management: Video Store, organized by Toronto-based Curators Suzanne Carte and Su-Ying Lee, will temporarily convert the lecture theatre at the gallery into a video rental store, featuring over 200 works of video art created by artists from across Canada. Video titles available for rent were selected through an open call for submissions and include a cross section of experimental films, documentaries, comedy, horror and science fiction.
Patrons are asked to pay what they wish, and forms of exchange are open and flexible. In addition to payment, rental and return are also on an honour system basis.
Phil Baljeu, Video still, Substation_00, 2014
Length: 3:42. NTSC Video
Echoes of Place, includes works from the gallery's permanent collection juxtaposed by a video installation by Sarnia native Phil Baljeu. Through a very personal experience of place, Baljeu has created a video work in response to specific sites in Lambton County.
Surrounding Baljeu's video installation is a selection of works from the permanent collection that also inspire a sense of place. Paintings include work by Stephen Andreas, Roland Fenwick, and members of the Group of Seven, amongst other local, regional and national artists.