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April 14 - July 9 2017

Glenn Clark. Tic Tac Toe, 2014. Oil on metal, acrylic on panel.

Wackem Sackem

Glenn Clark

Clark uses ice hockey and table games to explore our relationship with sport, and the odd way it's become an all-but-sanctioned vehicle for violence. Clark's paintings incorporate articulated elements that viewers can activate to cause a slash with a stick, for instance, or throw a punch. Scheduled during hockey playoffs - a time when the game preoccupies the lives of many Canadians - this exhibition addresses issues of identity and transcends the perceived boundary between art and sport.

April 14 - July 9 2017

Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas. Red: A Haida Manga, 2008. Watercolour and ink on paper.

The Seriousness of Play

Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas

This exhibition explores the work of internationally celebrated visual artist Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas. His distinctive work twists and blends Haida art with a broad range of contemporary cultural references. In Red: A Haida Manga (2008), his award-winning graphic novel and large-scale mural, the artist draws on Manga aesthetic (an Asian style of comic). He blends it with western and indigenous stylistic elements to illustrate a story from his family's past. Surreal happenings and colourful characters permeate Yahgulanaas' artworks, and speak to an intersection of cultures that define the contemporary moment.

July 21 - October 8 2017

Into the Woods

Tammy Salzl

Based in Montreal, Salzl is a painter working in oil and canvas, and in smaller scale, on paper. Salzl draws from her own experience as a mother of a transgendered child and in doing so, connects to fundamental ideas of self and identity. Her work focuses around representations of curious characters often placed in improbable locations, for example, a chaise longue in the middle of a forest. They are often rendered in lurid colour schemes, at times seeming hurt or vulnerable, at other times oddly sage, comfortable, and at peace in a world where seven-legged lambs, and other creatures, populate her paintings. Rich in allegory, Salzl's work examines gender and identity by honouring the individual and the sense of self.

July 21 - October 8 2017

Recent Acquisitions

Artwork from the Permanent Collection

The Permanent Collection numbers around 400 artworks presently, and represents mostly contemporary artwork by artists from across Canada. This exhibition draws from the collection as part of an annual strategy to showcase new acquisitions, recall past exhibitions from which the work was collected, and to honour the artists and donors of the work presented here.

October 20 - January 7 2018

Transitory Tributes

Z'otz* Collective

Z'otz* Collective is comprised of three artists with Latin American roots, based in Toronto: Erik Jerezano, Ilyana Martinez and Nahum Flores. The collective will travel to Two Rivers Gallery to create a site-specific drawing along one wall of our exhibition space. Using the concept of niche, riffling on the idea of small shrines in the Catholic faith, and connecting with nesting in French (Nicher: to nest), small boxes will be used throughout the installation as respositories of locally collected items. Like points on the map, they will divide the installation into individual stories and suggest a greater connection to place and community.

October 20 - January 7 2018

Envisioned/Revisioned

Lou Lynn

Lynn's glass and bronze sculpture draws from an interest in archaic and industrial tools and artifacts. Forms might draw cues from utilitarian objects or have their genesis in some practical application, but Lynn hijacks these elements. Altering size, configuration and other plastic elements, she builds implements with a mastery that suggests precision and purposefulness at odds with the resulting work. Fitting somewhere between the familiar and the impractically absurd, they at times resemble the specialized tools of some long lost or secret trade or unfamiliar occupation. Collectively they allude to activities outside our spheres of experience and, as convincing artefacts, prompt us to test assumptions about our reality, past and present. 

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