Exhibitions

Installation view of Colin is my real name

Colin is my real name: Benny Nemerofsky Ramsay

29 September - 27 October

On view at President’s Cottage, Mount Allison University. Tuesday-Friday, 2-5 pm

The artist revisits Colin Campbell’s pioneering 1972 video True/False, which features Campbell alternately affirming and negating delicate statements about himself and his private life. Initially intended as a remake, the video instead summons Campbell’s voice to speak once more; a fragile, reversed palimpsest. The video component of Colin is my real name was filmed at Mount Allison University in Sackville, New Brunswick, where True/False was originally produced.

Presented in collaboration with Struts Gallery & Faucet Media Arts Centre.

True/False appears as part of Colin is my real name thanks to sponsorship from Vtape and the Estate of Colin Campbell.

Exhibition installation of When One Space Meets Another

Leah Garnett: When One Space Meets Another

15 September - 25 October 2017

A new installation by Sackville artist Leah Garnett which draws upon her childhood experiences growing up around construction sites and the woods of rural Maine.

Describing this work Leah Garnett writes: My father builds custom homes, so I grew up on construction sites, and later I worked on them. This foundational experience shaped how I think about space: how we construct, mold, and contain it. It also influenced how I make things. My 3D vocabulary stems from an early immersion in construction, that while far from masterful, is the language that I brought to making art. When One Space Meets Another is a return to my roots in construction, filtered through my sculpture, installation, and drawing practices. Specifically, When One Space Meets Another provided me with an opportunity to range over questions about construction sites. What is the relationship between landscape and architecture where the temporary and transitional construction site becomes a hybrid of the two? As a temporary and nomadic site of labor, how does a construction site compare to a studio, particularly the temporary studio occupations of artist residencies? And finally, what are the results and implications of transposing multiple spaces and landscapes into a single location?

When One Space Meets Another is curated by Pan Wendt, and co-organized by the Confederation Centre Art Gallery and the Owens Art Gallery.

Image:
When One Space Meets Another
installation view, Confederation Centre Art Gallery

Joanna Close, The Kitchen Stove, 2015

Joanna Close: Documenting the Farm

8 September - 10 December

Documenting the Farm is a series of textile works by Nova Scotia based artist Joanna Close that commemorate a farm that no longer exists as a physical place.

The hooked rugs document the farm where the artist’s mother grew up. The property was granted to Close’s ancestors in 1858 and remained the family farm until 2011 when it was sold to the neighboring gravel quarry, as it is difficult to make a living from a small rural New Brunswick farm.

The rugs capture the memory of Close’s family’s farm, pay tribute to and celebrate farm life and also speak the to a changing rural culture in the Atlantic Provinces. 

Image: The Kitchen Stove, 2015, Hand dyed rug hooked wool on burlap

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Alex Colville, Athletes, 1961, oil and synthetic resin on board

The Colville Gallery

14 May - Ongoing

A permanent exhibition space devoted to the work of Alex Colville (1920-2013), one of Canada's most celebrated artists and one of Mount Allison University's best known graduates. The Gallery features the installation of the mural Athletes, commissioned by Mount Allison for its new Athletic Centre in 1961. Designed around the theme of the student athlete, the mural was the focal point of the new building; it remained there for over 50 years, until its present installation in the stable and secure environment of Owens Art Gallery. Other artworks by Colville are also on view, including many of the preparatory drawings for Athletes and examples of the artist's serigraphs.

Image: Alex Colville, Athletes, 1961, oil and synthetic resin on board

Owens Art Gallery

A Virtual Companion to All Things Useful and Artistic: Applied Arts at Mount Allison University 1906-1960

online now

This Virtual Companion accompanies the exhibition All Things Useful and Artistic: Applied Arts at Mount Allison University 1906-1960. Serving as a legacy for the exhibition, this website provides in-depth features on selected objects, behind-the-scenes documentation of the exhibition installation, video footage of conservation treatments, archival photographs and oral histories from graduates of the Applied Arts program.

The Virtual Companion is made possible through funding from the Sheila Hugh MacKay Foundation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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