Exhibitions

image of bookwork by Dave Dyment titled pop quiz.

 

Dave Dyment: Pop Quiz

11 January – 20 February 2019

Curated by Lucy MacDonald

Pop Quiz is a collection of every question posed in the lyrics of every song in the artist’s music collection.

Originally intended as a bookwork, the piece first existed as a looped video. Each time the work is exhibited it is updated to include new questions from more recent additions to the collection. At first just twelve minutes, the video is now almost four hours long.

Pop Quiz will be presented in a near continuous loop, activating the gallery’s picture window and projecting outward onto campus from dusk to dawn. The work will be on view in the gallery during daylight opening hours along with the bookwork version published in 2010.

In conjunction with his exhibition at the Owens, Dyment will present a special online project titled On This Day as a “takeover” of the Owens’ Instagram account (@owensartgallery). This project inaugurates a new initiative that approaches social media channels and online spaces as venues for the presentation of new work.

In his description of the work, Dyment writes, “On This Day consists of stills culled from cinema and television that feature images of dates as found in calendars, correspondence, newspapers, and other documents. Excerpted from an ongoing archive, the work aims to piece together a calendar year made up of fragmented time from fictional pasts and futures.”

On This Day will be presented as a series of daily posts from 1-10 January 2019.

The exhibition is accompanied by an Occasional Paper featuring an interview with the artist by guest writer, Geordie Miller.

Dave Dyment is a Toronto-based artist whose practice includes audio, video, photography, performance, writing and curating, and the production of artist’s books and multiples. His work mines pop culture for shared associations and alternate meanings, investigating the language and grammar of music, cinema, television and literature, in order to arrive at a kind a folk taxonomy of a shared popular vocabulary. Recent projects include ’Ere Long Done Do Does Did, a bookwork compiling source material for Smiths songs, and a remake of Night of the Living Dead using footage of the horror classic being watched in other films.

Dyment’s work has been exhibited across the country and sits in many private and corporate collections, and in the libraries of the AGO, the National Gallery of Canada, and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Examples of his work can be seen at www.dave-dyment.com, or heard on the YYZ Anthology Aural Cultures and the Art Metropole disk New Life After Fire, a collaboration with Lee Ranaldo of Sonic Youth. He is represented by MKG127.

Image: Dave Dyment, Pop Quiz, 2010, 360-page soft cover artist’s book, edition of 500, numbered and signed by the artist (each with a unique handwritten question)

digital collage by Juan Ortiz-Apuy of a blue hand against a yellow backgroud showing an orange, a frog, a juice bottle, a splash and a spray bottle top.

 

Juan Ortiz-Apuy:

Fountain Mist

11 January – 6 March 2019

Curated by Emily Falvey

In Fountain Mist, Juan Ortiz-Apuy uses stock images and objects to explore ideas of animism, commodity fetishism, and sympathetic magic. Borrowing from the visual language of advertising and product display, Ortiz-Apuy orchestrates a fascinating mise en scène in which clichés of freshness, naturalness, exoticism, and purity join empty bottles and dispensers, stock photographs, 3D models, and components from IKEA’s BESTÅ storage system series. Together they enact the spectacular drama of the commodity form, through which consumer products appear to be autonomous, living creatures with feelings and agency, while the life-force that goes into producing them is obscured and forgotten.

Juan Ortiz-Apuy was born in Costa Rica in 1980 and has lived and worked in Montreal since 2003. He has a BFA from Concordia University (2008), a Post-Graduate Diploma from The Glasgow School of Art (2009), and an MFA from NSCAD University (2011).

Ortiz-Apuy’s work has been exhibited in galleries and museums across Canada and internationally, including at the IKEA Museum (Älmhult, Sweden), Museum London (London, ON), Les Abattoirs, Musée – FRAC Occitanie Toulouse (France), TRUCK Contemporary Art (Calgary), Gallery 44 (Toronto), Gallery TWP (Toronto), Galerie Antoine Ertaskiran (Montreal), The MacLaren Art Centre (Barrie, ON), A Space Gallery (Toronto), and Manif d’art 7: The Québec City Biennial (Quebec). His work has been reviewed in various publications, including Canadian Art, Le Devoir (Montreal), The Montreal Gazette, The Telegram (St. John’s), The Toronto Star, and MOMUS. Ortiz-Apuy recently completed artist residences at The Vermont Studio Center (USA), The Frans Masereel Centre (Belgium), and the IKEA Museum (Sweden). Upcoming projects include solo exhibitions at OPTICA Centre d’art contemporain (Montreal), and Centre d’artistes Vaste et Vagues (Carleton, QC).

Image: Juan Ortiz-Apuy, Garden Party, 2018, Inkjet prints, digital collages using stock photography, from the installation Fountain Mist

silkcreen by Les Levine of an x-rayed chest

 

U-PICK

17 September - Ongoing

Each month a friend of the Owens is invited to select a work or two, or sometimes three from the Owens' collection. These community members, students, staff and faculty share their own perspectives and connections to works that they pick and to the collection overall.

The Owens Art Gallery's collection began with an initial group of 300 predominantly European paintings, prints and drawings acquired in 1885 as a teaching collection for art students to study and copy. The collection has now grown to over 3000 works of art including paintings, photographs, prints, sculpture and multi-media work by established Canadian and International Artists.

This exhibition is part of an ongoing series of community curated exhibitions. Follow the series online now.

Image: Les Levine, X-ray, 1965, silkscreen on acetate Photo by Roger Smith

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

 

 

The Colville Gallery

14 May 2016 - 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

Image of homepage of the Virtual Companion

 

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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