2012 Exhibitions

2012 Exhibitions

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DENNIS TOURBIN
The Language of Visual Poetry

Curated by Marcie Bronson

A city-wide celebration of the St. Catharines-born artist’s life and work
Presented by Rodman Hall Art Centre in collaboration with Niagara Artists Centre and CRAM International

Rodman Hall Art Centre
109 St. Paul Crescent | www.brocku.ca/rodman-hall
September 29 – December 30, 2012

Niagara Artists Centre
354 St. Paul Street | www.nac.org
September 29 – December 30, 2012

CRAM International
24 James Street, 2nd Floor | www.craminternational.ca
October 5 – 30, 2012

A pioneer of interdisciplinary practice in Canada, Dennis Tourbin produced a distinctive body of work integrating the written word with painting, drawing, video and performance. From the early 1970s until his death in 1998, Tourbin’s prescient work engaged with mass media, using mediated text and imagery in an exploration of language and meaning. Part documentarian and part storyteller, Tourbin employed the aesthetics of collage and a serial approach in the drawings and vivid paintings he called ‘visual poems.’ Tracing Tourbin’s practice from his first painting to his final print, this retrospective is the first comprehensive consideration of the artist’s oeuvre.

Anchored by Rodman Hall, the exhibition extends to Niagara Artists Centre and CRAM International in recognition of Tourbin’s contribution to the development of local artist-run culture. An illustrated catalogue featuring essays by Diana Nemiroff, Guy Lachapelle, Judith Parker, and Su Ditta will be published in Fall 2014.

Rodman Hall Art Centre is grateful for the financial support of the Ontario Arts Council. Niagara Artists Centre acknowledges the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, the City of St. Catharines, and the Niagara Community Foundation. CRAM International is supported by the CRAM Collective, and Lisa Matheson and Frank Coy.

Born and raised in St. Catharines, Ontario, Dennis Tourbin (1946-1998) was a self-taught artist and writer. His work has been widely exhibited in solo and group exhibitions throughout Canada and in Europe, and is held in major Canadian institutions. He published numerous books of poetry and novels including The Port Dalhousie Stories (Coach House Press, 1987), a chronicle of growing up in St. Catharines in the 1960s. A fervent arts activist, Tourbin played a vital role in artist-run culture in Ontario and was a founding member of Niagara Artists’ Cooperative (now Niagara Artists Centre) in St. Catharines.

Image: Dennis Tourbin with painted paddle from The Writing of Painting of Martha, A One Act Play, 1975. © The Estate of Dennis Tourbin, CARCC, 2012.  

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LISS PLATT
You Can't Get There From Here

Curated by Marcie Bronson
May 12 - September 16, 2012

Liss Platt’s work engages with experimental approaches to personal narrative, particularly as informed by growing up in the 1970s. Subverting nostalgic recollections of the era in video and photo-based works that take up the subjects of teenage experience, candies and Betty Crocker recipes, the exhibition ruminates on the often futile search for comfort in the midst of crisis. Like the act of coping itself, the rigid structure and routine within each work negotiates the space between order and chaos, with excess and overload constantly threatening to upset the balance.

Based in Hamilton, Ontario, Liss Platt is an Associate Professor in the Multimedia program at McMaster University. She holds an MFA from the University of California and a BFA from the University of Connecticut. A member of the Shake-n-Make Collective, she also plays ice hockey. Platt is represented by MKG 127 in Toronto.

Rodman Hall Art Centre's Youtube channel is now featuring a new interview podcast with Liss Platt. Please click here to watch.

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BARBARA KLUNDER
The Laura Secord Papercuts

Curated by Stuart Reid
May 5 - September 9, 2012

Canadian artist and illustrator Barbara Klunder is well known internationally for her bold graphic style, political messages and provocative imagery. In this exhibition called The Laura Secord Papercuts, Klunder turns her talents and deft hand at papercutting, to the task of illustrating the inspiring story of Canadian heroine Laura Secord, one of her familial ancestors. This summer, as the Niagara region commemorates the bicentennial of the War of 1812, Klunder’s exhibition prompts a fresh telling of this fascinating woman’s place in Canada’s history.

For over 35 years, Barbara Klunder has been an influential artist, graphic designer and illustrator that has made substantial contributions to visual culture in Canada. Born in Toronto in 1948, she went on to study at the Ontario College of Art and Design. She began her career as an illustrator and continued as a freelance illustrator/designer winning many awards over the years and designing two fonts.

www.barbaraklunder.com

Image: Barbara Klunder, Marathon Dress (detail), 2011, paper cut. 

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MARINKO JAREB
Stoop Loggy Log's Underground Rave: Vinyl Toys,
Vinyl Records and Remixes

Curated by Marcie Bronson
January 20 – September 2, 2012

Best known for his work as DJ MACHINE, St. Catharines-based artist Marinko Jareb’s multidisciplinary practice was born out of producing thematic underground music events incorporating light, sound, video, and images. Throughout his diverse body of work, Jareb moves fluidly between media, continually reconfiguring the relationship between these elements. Informed by the aesthetics of graffiti and toy culture, his work is often quickly executed and characterized by reductive and highly energetic forms which are often layered and combined to create a sense of excess and joyous sensory overload. Playing with language, altering found texts and images, Jareb’s paintings, drawings, sculptures and installations are marked by a sense of cultural collision, in part inspired by his experience growing up as a Croatian-Canadian.

Taking over the gallery’s project space, Jareb constructs a miniature dance party beneath the forest floor, animated by sound and video mixes and inhabited by a variety of collectible artist toys, including some of his own design. On either side of this disco diorama, in which toys come to life to secretly revel deep in the natural world, he presents two focused streams of work also rooted in the concept of remixing: an interactive listening station featuring a selection of altered 7-inch records and a changing series of collage-based works produced throughout the duration of the installation.

www.thediscogallery.com 

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PERCEPTIONISTS
Brock University Department of Visual Arts Honours Exhibition

April 21 – May 6, 2012

This exhibition presents the work of three graduating Honours Visual Arts students, who each command and elicit different expectations from the viewer in distinctive ways. With his probing and witty observations, Danny Fast makes you think twice about your daily surroundings. Sarah Beattie reverts back to traditional methodology and reintroduces the power relations between the viewer and the artist, as she remains in charge. Carrie Perreault examines the correlation between the emotional realm and authority and redirects the approach. Under the guidance of Visiting Artist Donna Szöke and Assistant Professor Duncan MacDonald, each of these students grow in their own right and learn more about things both important and not. 

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BRENDAN TANG
Gained in Translation

Curated by Marcie Bronson
January 20 – April 29, 2012

Inspired by the stylized design of Japanese animation and graphic novels, and drawing on the tradition of ormolu, the 18th century French practice of gilding Chinese porcelains, Brendan Tang grafts brightly coloured robotic prosthetics onto an array of vessels that mimic Ming dynasty vases in his ongoing Manga Ormolu series. Tang’s highly refined mash-ups delve into the divide between the diverse worlds represented. Juxtaposing the fragility and preciousness of the slow and careful tradition of hand-painted and sculpted ceramics with durable, disposable, mass-produced synthetics of the current day, Tang’s sculptures reflect the evolving Western experience of the Orient and playfully consider the perpetual redrawing of national, cultural, and ethnic boundaries that accompany accelerated globalization in contemporary society.

Brendan Tang was born in Dublin, Ireland of Trinidadian parents of Chinese and Indian descent and is a naturalized citizen of Canada. He holds degrees from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Halifax (BFA, 1998) and Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville (MFA, 2006). Recipient of the 2010 Winifred Shantz Award for Ceramics and a finalist for the 2010 Sobey Art Award, Tang has exhibited in many solo and group exhibitions in Canada and abroad, and has participated in numerous international residencies.

www.brendantang.com

Rodman Hall Art Centre's Youtube channel is now featuring a new interview podcast with Brendan Tang. Please click here to watch. 

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MONITOR
Brock University Department of Visual Arts Student Juried Exhibition

March 24 – April 15, 2012

This annual juried exhibition features artwork produced by students enrolled in the Department of Visual Arts at Brock University. A highlight of the academic year, the exhibition is open to students working in different media. The annual event is an opportunity for students to experience the jurying process, carried out this year by St. Catharines-based artist and Brock University alumnus Melanie MacDonald. The exhibition showcases the variety of approaches to art production underway at Brock. This year’s exhibition is organized by students in Brock University’s Curatorial Studies class under the supervision of instructor Dr. D. Antoncic.

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KENT MONKMAN
The Four Continents: Miss America

Curated by Marcie Bronson
January 20 – March 11, 2012

Kent Monkman often appropriates the aesthetic of “New World” landscape painting, recreating picturesque and sublime backdrops of North American beauty against which scenes of European colonialism are played out as dramatic episodes of sex and violence between settlers and First Nations peoples. He has developed a body of work that subverts and diverts the established canon, using historical images that tell stories of European domination and the obliteration of North American indigenous cultures to challenge the accuracy of the narratives they represent.

This exhibition premieres Miss America, the first work of Monkman’s series The Four Continents, inspired by the work of Giambattista Tiepolo, whose mid-eighteenth century frescoes depict allegorical personifications of America, Africa, Asia and Europe. Drawing on emblems codified during the Renaissance, Tiepolo’s frescoes reflect historical Eurocentric attitudes, identifying America as a land of exotic natives and Europe as the seat of civilization and the arts. In Monkman’s Miss America, he conflates historical and contemporary cultural conflicts, punctuating the scene with icons of popular culture and symbols of wealth and mass consumption that often characterize much of the continent today. The accompanying preparatory studies and “atelier” installation reveal Monkman’s process. By inviting the audience into the artist’s space of creation and musing, Monkman encourages further questioning of definitive conclusions to our shared grand narrative.

Kent Monkman is a Canadian artist of Cree ancestry who works in a variety of media including painting, video, performance, and installation. He has shown in solo exhibitions across Canada and in various international group exhibitions. His work is represented in numerous public and private collections including the National Gallery of Canada, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, and the National Museum of the American Indian.

www.kentmonkman.com

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DAVID ROKEBY
Plot Against Time #2 (Flurry)

January 20 – March 11, 2012

Since 1982, Canadian artist David Rokeby has focused on interactive works that engage the human body or involve artificial perception systems. The second in a series of works that explore patterns of movement over time, Plot Against Time #2 (Flurry), tracks individual snowflakes whirling in the complex turbulence created by the rigorous and minimal forms of Mies van der Rohe’s Toronto Dominion Centre skyscrapers and an Al McWilliams sculpture in the middle of the complex. From a vantage point within the sculpture, the camera captures falling snow against these stark structures. Processed to separate the snowflakes from the background, the video footage is then reworked to draw out and highlight the complex paths the individual flakes follow. Rokeby plays with a kind of temporal depth of field in which moving objects are in focus and things that are still are blurred, alternately revealing and concealing the trajectories of the snowflakes. The flakes sometimes apparently inscribe their paths, and at other times course through their future paths like blood cells through arteries. The chaos of these turbulent trails is in sharp contrast to the formal simplicity of the architecture and sculpture, but in fact, this complexity is largely a result of the encounter between the forms and the wind passing through them.

Plot Against Time #2 (Flurry) was purchased in 2010 with the generous assistance of the Hansen Family Fund.

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