February 2 to April 15, 2007
This exhibition is a retrospective of Moose Jaw based abstract artist, Joan Rankin.
Joan’s work was produced at a very special time in the history of art education in Canada; she incorporated into her practice the ideas expounded upon at the Emma Lake workshops by New-York-based artists and critics, including Clement Greenberg, who were hugely influential in the art world at that time.
Her work includes many mediums, from painting in the late 1960s through printmaking, photography, ceramics, and fibre sculpture in the 1980s. In 1969, when speaking of the work created by Joan Rankin, Alfred Pinsky stated in Canadian Art that she uses colour and image in a balanced play of tensions to explore a persistent image in which she rings changes with ease, subtlety, and conviction.
A Persistent Image, produced by the Moose Jaw Museum & Art Gallery, surveys Rankin’s abstract artwork from the 1960s through the 1980s. It is accompanied by an audio component featuring the jazz artists that she considered vital to her practice.
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