Current Exhibitions

Current Exhibitions - June 3 - July 2, 2017

Barry Ace: Nayaano-nibiimaang Gichigamiin | The Five Great Lakes

June 3 – July 2, 2017
Reception: Saturday, June 3 at 1PM


Nayaano-nibiimaang Gichigamiin presents a new series of honouring blankets for the Five Great Lakes. Hudson Bay trade blankets are adorned with unique Anishinaabe blanket strips that remix intricately designed floral motifs and geometric iconography composed of traditional glass-cut beads and contemporary electronic components (capacitors, resistors, and diodes). Each blanket is a homage to a specific Great Lake and retells Anishinaabeg historical and cultural narratives through the use of mnemonic iconography and code embedded into each blanket strip. The suite of contemporary honouring blankets are witness to the persistence of Anishinaabeg cultural continuity, through the confluence of the historical and contemporary.
  
Also presented in the exhibition is a select prĂ©cis from the suite of photographic works entitled Memory Landscape. These works are a homage and requiem on the passing of a close friend documenting the artist's connection and travel on the land and water in the Great Lakes region of Manitoulin and Algoma. These sensitive and personal diptychs simultaneously capture a presence and absence of a life that once was and are beautifully embellished with beaded medicine flowers and iconography as honouring tributes.
 
Image:
 
(l) Gichi-zaaga’igan Lake Ontario (Big Lake) (2016).
Hudson Bay blanket, velvet, beads, transistors, horse hair, metal, mountain climbing rope. 183 x 228 cm.
 
(r) Ininwewi-gichigami: Lake Michigan (Illinois Sea) (2016).
Hudson Bay blanket, velvet, beads, resistors, horse hair, metal, mountain climbing rope. 183 x 228 cm.




Steve Kean: Moving Landscapes

June 3 - July 2
Reception: Saturday, June 3 at 1PM


SG is honoured to mark Spina Bifida Awareness Month with a coinciding exhibition that welcomes back 2016 exhibiting artist, Steve Kean. This Toronto-based photographer seeks to capture moments on the move in his latest on-going series, Moving Landscapes, created on an iPhone from moving intercity buses and trains. He says, “As the world moved passed me at great speeds, I was struck by the stark intrusion of manmade objects on the land…The works in this exhibition are an allegory for what happens when the processes in nature are rushed and corners are cut." 




Footprints 150: Picturing Canada

June 3 - July 2
Reception: Saturday, June 3 at 1pm


Complementing these solo exhibitions is Footprints 150: Picturing Canada, which features a selection of prints that encompass this country’s terrain and diverse cultural mosaic through printmakers’ eyes.  Everyone is welcome to attend the opening reception on Saturday, June 3rd at 1pm for an opportunity to view the exhibitions, meet the artists and curator, and hear about the ideas that inform their work. Come by and get inspired!

Image: Anne Meredith Barry, August Colours, 1992, wood block on paper