Passing

April Hickox
Thursday, May 1, 2008 - 4:00am to Sunday, May 25, 2008 - 4:00am

This summer the MacLaren is featuring three consecutive exhibitions of artwork from its Permanent Collection. The first in this series highlights the work of senior Canadian photographer and OCAD Photography program Chair April Hickox, followed by artist David Bolduc, May 29 to June 22, and abstract painter William Ronald, June 26 through July 27.

April Hickox has lived much of her life on one of the Toronto Islands. She has moved off the island several times but continually returns. This series, Passing, documents the change of seasons on the islands, as well as a time when Hickox was returning to the islands after a period away. The photographs express new beginnings, yet reminisce about the comforts of home. The artist develops these visual stories from her own experiences and invites the viewer into a domestic space that is clearly lived in: an unmade bed; a tea cup left on the kitchen table; a house plant with a string of lights, perhaps acting as a Christmas tree. Hickox has carefully chosen which moments to portray and the sequence of these moments.

The blurred focus in some images expresses a sense of movement between moments, aiding the audience in a journey determined by Hickox. However, by picking and choosing these images, the artist reinvents this series of photographs as fiction, allowing the viewer to transport him or herself into these familiar scenes.

April Hickox lives and works in Toronto and is the Chair of Photography at the Ontario College of Art and Design. She continues an active schedule of solo and group exhibitions of photography, installation and film work. Her work is included in the collections of the Art Gallery of Ontario, Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography, MacLarenArtCentre, Royal Bank of Canada, Winnipeg Art Gallery and others. Hickox is represented by Leo Kamen Gallery in Toronto.

The second artist in this series features a selection of paintings by Canadian artist David Bolduc (1945–) on view in the Molson Gallery May 29 through June 22. These vibrant watercolours contrast with Bolduc’s recent abstract and playful, collage-based work. The paintings appear, at first, to be documenting scenes from the artist’s extensive travels but a sense of seriousness and mystery unfolds as the viewer realizes these streets and landscapes are void of people. The opening reception takes place Thursday, June 12, 7:00 to 9:00 pm at the MacLaren.

The final exhibition in this series features the work of one of Canada’s most well-known abstract painters, William Ronald (1926–1998). On view in the Molson Gallery, June 26 to July 27. The small, energetic oil on canvas sketches made shortly before the artist’s death, are juxtaposed with earlier, large-scale abstract work. Ronald had a strong connection to Barrie, having spent his final years living and working in the old Bell building on Dunlop Street. The opening reception takes place Friday, June 27, from 7:00 to 9:00 pm at the MacLaren.

Venue & Address: 
MacLaren Art Centre 37 Mulcaster Street, Barrie, Ontario
Cost: 
Free

Caf' Culture

Keesic Douglas
Friday, January 25, 2008 - 12:00am to 2:00am

In conjunction with the exhibitions Art and Cold Cash and Dancing Through Time II: Traditional Art Forms in a Contemporary World, the MacLarenArtCentre will present a panel discussion on Thursday, January 24, 7 to 9 pm, with the exhibition contributors, including OCAD alumnus Keesic Douglas. The panel, part of our Caf' Culture series, takes place in the MacLaren Rotary Education Centre. Admission is free.

Art and Cold Cash is a collective of artists from the Arctic and Southern Ontario whose work addresses art production and capitalist exchange. The Dancing Through Time/ Zhiibaayaa Niimidwin committee provides opportunities to celebrate the Aboriginal heritage of the Great Lakes Region through multi-disciplinary arts presentations. Representatives from each exhibition will engage in an open dialogue around the making, selling and presenting of artwork by Aboriginal and Inuit artists using the MacLaren exhibitions as a platform for discussion. Specifically, panelists will speak to the following: Is it useful to distinguish the cultural artifact from the art object? When organizing exhibitions, does the segregation of artists by cultural group lend greater voice? When is integration more effective? Is the collaborative process a preferred format for the presentation of Inuit and Aboriginal art or is it a transitional stage?

Panelists: Sheila Butler, artist and faculty in Visual Arts at the University of Western Ontario; Jack Butler, artist and founding member of Sanavik Inuit Cooperative, Baker Lake, Nunavut; Patrick Mahon, artist and Chair of Visual Arts at the University of Western Ontario; Ruby Arngna'naaq, Inuk artist from Baker Lake, founding member of Sanavik Inuit Cooperative; Dr. Cynthia Wesley-Esquimaux, Chair of the Dancing Through Time committee and Assistant Professor, University of Toronto, Department of Aboriginal Studies and the Faculty of Social Work; and ShoShona Kish, Guest Curator and Member of the Dancing Through Time committee, and who, with Raven Kanatakta, forms DiggingRoots, an award winning Aboriginal musical group. Moderator: Sandra Fraser, Curator, Exhibitions and Collection, MacLarenArtCentre.

Art and Cold Cash
Curator: Sarah Beveridge
On view in the Janice Laking Gallery, Gallery 3 and Lake Simcoe Regional Airport to February 24, 2008

Art and Cold Cash expands definitions of Inuit artwork and imagery. Southern Ontario artists Sheila Butler, Jack Butler and Patrick Mahon have collectively joined with Inuit artists William Noah, Ruby Arngna' naaq and Myra Kukiiyaut from Baker Lake, Nunavut to address art and commodity. The exhibition is a multi-layered creative investigation that connects contemporary art discourses surrounding money in a series of artistic activities and experiments employing drawing, sculpture, sound and video.

Dancing Through Time II: Traditional Art Forms in a Contemporary World
Curator: ShoShona Kish
On view in the Carnegie Room and Armstrong Hall to February 17, 2008

Dancing Through Time II: Traditional Art Forms in a Contemporary World reflects on the evolution of traditional art forms and cultural identity in contemporary practice, and creates an awareness of the scope of work by aboriginal artists and artisans in the Great Lakes Region. The artwork, executed in a wide variety of media, incorporates images, materials and stories that draw on cultural relationships to both historical and contemporary issues and concerns. Presented by the Zhiibaayaa-niimidwin Committee in partnership with the MacLarenArtCentre.

Venue & Address: 
MacLaren Art Centre 37 Mulcaster Street, Barrie, Ontario
Email: 
maclaren@maclarenart.com
Cost: 
Free

Georgian College and OCAD Printmaking Exchange Exhibition

Eric Euler, The Silence Between Us
Sunday, December 2, 2007 - 5:00am to Tuesday, December 11, 2007 - 5:00am

This exhibition will showcase a wide variety of traditional and contemporary print methods and media. In 2006 both schools exhibited a print exhibition at The Campus Gallery in The Helen & Arch Brown Centre for the Visual Arts at Georgian College, School of Design and Visual Art.

Venue & Address: 
Great Hall 100 McCaul St., Toronto, Ontario
Email: 
wcain@ocad.ca
Cost: 
Free