Current Exhibitions

Current Exhibitions



The Source
Rethinking Water Through Contemporary Art

Nadine Bariteau, Raymond Boisjoly, Elizabeth Chitty, Soheila Esfahani, Gautam Garoo, Patrick Mahon, Colin Miner, Lucy + Jorge Orta, Gu Xiong

Curated by Stuart Reid

May 23 to September 28, 2014

Water is the elemental source of life and holds important cultural and spiritual significance for all peoples. Although access to fresh water is an essential human right, the resource has become a valuable global commodity. Our era, marked by rapid climate change, destructive hydro-climactic weather events, loss of polar ice and rising global sea levels, is witness to shifting shorelines, borders, migration patterns and lines of economic and cultural exchange. In this exhibition, artists from a multitude of cultural backgrounds working in a diversity of media consider changing concepts of water and associated cultural, political and aesthetic implications. The Source, in part, reunites participants from Immersion Emergencies and Possible Worlds, an artist research group that investigated water as culture and resource during two intensive residencies beginning in May 2012. The exhibition and associated programs coincide with Congress 2014 of the Humanities and Social Sciences at Brock University entitled “Borders without Boundaries”.

Associated Programming

Opening Reception
Come and meet the artists in attendance.
Thursday, May 22, 7 pm

Screening of CROWN (2012, 24 min.) by Nadine Bariteau
Filmed by Eric Dionne, CROWN is a wry comment on the supersizing of everyday consumer items to appease a bargain hunting public that seems to equate bigger with better.
Saturday, May 24, 2 pm

Panel Discussion
With Nadine Bariteau, Raymond Boisjoly, Elizabeth Chitty, Soheila Esfahani, Gautam Garoo, Patrick Mahon, Colin Miner, Gu Xiong; Moderated by Stuart Reid,Curator
Saturday, May 24, 3 pm

Water Rights/Water Stories
Combining poetry, video and discussion about activism, art and science with artist/poet, Elizabeth Zetlin and artist Elizabeth Chitty.
Thursday, June 26, 7 pm

Sound+Imagewalk on the banks of Twelve Mile Creek with Elizabeth Chitty
Bring your cell phones or still + video cameras if you like but ears and/or eyes are all that's required!
Thursday, July 17, 7 pm

Exhibition tour and artist talk with Soheila Esfahani and Curator Stuart Reid
Explore The Source and discussions about water with the artist and curator.
Friday, September 5, 4 pm

Guest Lecture: Water & Hope: Facing Fact and Inspiring Optimism in a Declining Era by Dr. Robert Sandford
Presented in conjunction with the Environmental Sustainability Research Centre/Brock University. Dr. Sandford is the EPCOR Chair of the Canadian Partnership Initiative in support of United Nations “Water for Life” Decade.
Thursday, September 11, 7 pm

Exhibition tours with Nadine Bariteau and Curator Stuart Reid
Presented in conjunction with the pan-Canada celebration of Culture Days 2014
Saturday, September 27, 2 pm

Drawing Water, an artists' presentation and workshop with Patrick Mahon and Gautam Garoo
Presented in conjunction with the pan-Canada celebration of Culture Days 2014
Sunday, September 28, 1 to 4 pm

Image: Raymond Boisjoly, This place (where there had been other places before), screen resolution lightjet print mounted on dibond, 2014



Curated by Stuart Reid
Presented by Rodman Hall Art Centre with financial support of the Government of Canada through Cultural Capitals of Canada, a program of the Department of Canadian Heritage

Continues on the grounds of Rodman Hall through September 2014

In creating this new outdoor installation for Rodman Hall, Barkhouse examines issues of sovereignty and confederacy from an indigenous ecological vantage point. As an aboriginal woman, Barkhouse is mindful of the history of conflict imprinted on this region of Ontario, particularly during this bicentennial commemoration of the War of 1812. Many of the conflicts and alliances between First Nations and settling cultures that played out two hundred years ago are still unresolved today.

Settlement incorporates sculptural elements into an artist’s garden built in the shape of a frontier house (16 x 20 feet). Last spring, the artist planted a series of border gardens of indigenous plants including corn, squash, beans and quinoa. Situated in the interior spaces of the garden are life-size bronze sculptures of a coyote and a badger, alluding to the cooperative nature of the allies involved in the 1812 conflict. Badgers and coyotes are known to be cooperative hunters in their search for small burrowing animals in the wild. Barkhouse is interested in the contentious nature of territory as is relates to struggles over land, whether between humans, amongst animals or plants.

An illustrated catalogue featuring an essay by Stuart Reid and an interview with the artist by Michelle LaVallee, Associate Curator at the MacKenzie Art Gallery, Regina, will be forthcoming in 2013. This publication is generously supported by the Canada Council for the Arts.

Barkhouse was born in Vancouver and belongs to the Nimpkish band, Kwakiutl First Nation. She graduated from the Ontario College of Art and Design in Toronto and has exhibited her work widely. A member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts, her recent solo exhibition entitled Boreal Baroque toured Canada.

In this audiocast, Barkhouse discusses some of her intentions behind the work: