Exhibitions

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.

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

Joanna Close, The Kitchen Stove, 2015

Joanna Close: Documenting the Farm

8 September - 8 October

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

Henri Masson, Double Sonata

Of Note

2 June - 8 October

This exhibition of artworks from the collection of the Owens Art Gallery has been organized in recognition of recent milestones in the Department of Music at Mount Allison University.

From the beginning, Mount Allison established a reputation for excellence in the study of music.  Music was part of the curriculum for every student enrolled in the ‘Female Branch’ of the Mount Allison Wesleyan Academy (later the Mount Allison Ladies’ College), opened in 1854.  The first music conservatory opened on campus in 1891, replaced by the ‘new’ Marjorie Young Bell Conservatory of Music in 1966-- for which 50th anniversary celebrations were held last year.  Several recent events marked the important 100th anniversary of the first Bachelor of Music degree awarded at Mount Allison to Mary Elsinore “Elsie” Tait in 1917.

Image: Henri Masson, Double Sonata, oil on canvas

Salon Hanging

Salon Hanging

12 May - 8 October

The biennial Salon Hanging is a floor to ceiling feast for the eyes. Visitors will see over 100 works of art, many from the Owens original collection first acquired in the 1880s. The collection includes eighteenth and nineteenth century European paintings, many still found in their original gilded frames, and full-scale plaster copies of classical Greek sculptures. Originally this collection was used to teach Mount Allison Fine Arts students through copying these early pieces. The exhibition is designed and installed by the Owens' preparator Roxie Ibbitson.

Image: Installation of the exhibition

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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