August 30 - October 2: Creative woodwork by local artists.
Surveying diverse emerging practices across Saskatchewan, Futures brings together Simon Fuh, Todd Gronsdahl, Andie Palynchuk, Gerry Poti, Colby Richardson, Yonina Rollack, David Stonhouse, and Kyle Zurevinski. The presentation of these artists together examines the past to create real and imagined futures. Creating new from the anterior.
Each artist explores the theme through varied means; Fuh, Palynchuk, Poti and Rollack utilize introspection as an origin point for their practices; considering childhood and personal histories to create other worlds; storytelling and constructing future realities to explore the self. Richardson and Zurevinski investigate out-dated technologies and their contemporary function and place; creating work by referencing and manipulating the past to instigate unfamiliar ideas and potentials for the antiquated. Gronsdahl and Stonhouse look to history to inform and direct their work. Gronsdahl creates myths and future narratives from official histories, while Stonhouse makes reference to the canon of painting and utilizes materials to experiment and challenge the medium.
Through these individual approaches a strong aesthetic parallel emerges fashioned from colour, pattern and whimsy. Minimalist and lavish imagery coalesce in divergent depictions of personal, mythological and technological futures.
This exhibition is curated by Derek Sandbeck and made possible through a special partnership with AKA artist-run and the Organization of Saskatchewan Arts Councils.
Boom seeks to explore through visual media the effects an economic boom has on communities. Rather than critiquing the industries that determine a rapid economic upturn, this exhibition focuses on the human component, the workers and community members themselves. Complex and nuanced, the experience of participating in a boom is not often a straightforward narrative. Higher salaries and available work are driving factors for a rapid population growth. However, with a massive increase in population comes the negative effect of a decrease in quality of life, from lack of housing to failing infrastructure, not to mention possible geographical isolation and the disruption of local culture. Yet, there are positives, increased profits for businesses, increase in jobs, meeting people from diverse cultures, immigration, etc. This exhibition seeks to explore both sides from the standpoint of the people involved a boom.
Organized and toured through OSAC’s Arts on the Move program, curated by Amber Andersen, featuring the works of Valerie Zink and Rick Pelletier.
Opening reception, March 4 at 1:00 PM
You are invited to come and meet the artists from our Young Artists Program, view their work and enjoy a light reception. This event is open to the public.