Last chance for Outpourings at MSVU

Haligonians, be sure to experience François Lacasse’s exhibition “Outpourings” at the Mount Saint Vincent University Art Gallery before the show closes on Sunday, March 6th 2011.

François Lacasse paints in series, using the viscosity of poured paint to build latticed and interlocking planes of colour. His experiments with process are retraced in this retrospective by the inclusion of twenty paintings dating from 1988 to 2008.

The exhibition demonstrates Lacasse’s gradual abandonment of figuration and quotation, and his growing interest in the process aspects of abstract painting. Though the prominence of gesture in his works links him to American abstract paintings of the 1950s, his use of measuring instruments and pouring involve physicality in a new way.

A major figure among Québec painters, Lacasse teaches art at the Université du Québec à Montréal.


Shelagh Keeley: A Retrospective at the Confederation Centre for the Arts

What better artouteast post for Valentine’s Day then Shelagh Keeley’s retrospective? For the past 25 years, Keeley has created drawings, books, and sculptural bodies of work that are visceral, sensual, sophisticated “abstractions of gestures of the heart.”

Keeley’s art illustrates love; self love, body love, love of nature; sensual, intellectual, deep down to the core of your being love.

Beginning with work from 1984, the retrospective on now at the Confederation Centre for the Arts includes drawings from the 1990s and 2000s; bookworks from throughout the 25 year period in review; as well as a steel wall work from the early 2000s; the exhibition closes with a work from the artist’s 2009 residency in Shanghai, China.

An award winning exhibition catalogue, with essays by Peggy Gale and Christopher Dewdney, accompanies the exhibition. The exhibit, on until May 29th, 2011, is curated by Linda Jansma of Oshawa and Carol Podedworny of Hamilton and circulated by the Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Oshawa.

above: Steel Notebook, New Delhi, India, (detail),  2004, oil stick on rusted steel.


Sweetest Little Thing is not to be missed in Sackville, New Brunswick

There is not doubt in my mind that Sackville, New Brunswick has one the most vibrant artist communities in any Canadian small town. If you have never participated in The Annual Symposium of Art, or maxed  out your weekend pass for the summer’s Sappyfest, you are missing out! With every season, the art community of Sackville comes together for something spectacular, and February brings The Sweetest Little Thing.

My personal favorite; Sasaki - Unfulfilled Dance CardNow in its 12th year, The Sweetest Little Thing is the most important annual fundraising  event for The Owens Art Gallery and Struts Gallery & Faucet Media Arts Centre.

I heart Sackville (in fact, if Canada Post ever delivers my submission to the auction, it is a triptych valentine professing my love for Struts Gallery). And I am not alone – artists such as Micah Lexier, Barb Hunt, Ed Pien and Jon Sasaki, have created work especially for this auction, online only until Valentine’s Day, February 14th (for those of you who may forget!) at 5pm Atlantic time.

Lexier - I Presume, 2011

Presented in partnership on Valentine’s Day, The Sweetest Little Thing combines a contemporary art auction with a cake walk and dance. The event has become a seasonal highlight for the community, featuring artists, friends and supporters from across the country and beyond.

The funds raised go directly to the ongoing programming of the galleries.

So visit the website, bid now and often, and if you can get to the soiree on Valentine’s Day at the Owens Art Gallery at 7:30pm, prepare to fall in love.

Happy Valentine’s Day, Sackville

images(t-b): Ainslie Moss, I’ll Stand By You, 2011, lithograph and sparkles; Jon Sasaki,Unfulfilled Dance Card (Ontario Veterinary College Frosh Dance 1945, 2011, found vintage card, unused; Micah LexierI Presume, 2011, Pen on masonite