Susan McEachern: Equine Studies
17 January to 16 March
Work by Nova Scotia photographer Susan McEachern, including the series Herbivores, Grasses, and the videos Micah and Me and Urban Pasture. The artist writes: " I have been exploring the human relationship to animals within my creative production, and to history, gender and feeling. My study of horses and the history and significance of the horse-human partnership has allowed me to reside in what feels like a simultaneous past and present. Horses seem to have been human companions from the very first; they are represented in the first known human-made images. Their history parallels human history, and so their needs have paralleled human needs. These photographs are a mark of my efforts to understand my bond to these other members of the natural world."
Image: "Herbivores", photograph, 2006 , Susan McEachern
The Colville Gift
3 November to 16 March
This exhibition is the unveiling of a major donation of artwork by renowned Canadian artist, the late Alex Colville (’42, LLD ’68). The gift was made by the artist this spring in memory of his wife, Rhoda (Wright) Colville (’42). The gift is the complete set of thirty-five silkscreen prints produced by the artist during his lifetime. The first print, titled After Swimming, was made in 1955 and the last print, titled Willow, was made in 2002. The artist's practice was to keep back one print from each edition for his own collection. These are the prints that form the gift to the Owens today, adding a unique and personal dimension to the donation. The Owens Art Gallery is now the only institution to own the complete set of Colville's prints. As a group, the Colville serigraphs form a remarkable record of the artist's career over the years, showing the subject matter that would preoccupy him during the course of his entire artistic career. The gift is an extraordinary resource for teaching, research, and for the enjoyment of present and future generations.
Image: Alex Colville, "After Swimming", serigraph,1955, Collection of the Owens Art Gallery, Gift of Alex Colville in memory of Rhoda Colville
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