Monday, November 26th, 2012
Shorter days make for longer nights, and what better way to spend those evenings than by enjoying some of Manitoba’s diverse arts offerings. Here are a handful of great exhibitions you don’t want to miss this season.
Sep 29 to Dec 30, 2012
Winnipeg Art Gallery
Winnipeg Now is a pulse-taking exhibition in which equal weight falls on both words in the show’s title: it is a measure of what art-making looks like in this city in 2012. Whether the artists are living here – like Sarah Anne Johnson and Guy Maddin – or whether they live in Brooklyn or Montreal – like Marcel Dzama and Daniel Barrow – a spirit of risk-taking and invention permeates the work.
While you’re at the gallery, check out The WAG Century.
My Winnipeg: Maps and Legends
Oct 27 to Nov 25, 2012
PlugIn Institute of Contemporary Art
My Winnipeg: Maps & Legends explores private and public occurrences that build upon and question the city’s multiple, subjective histories and identities. As this exhibition unfolds, the artworks’ individual readings and connotations recede – catalyzing multiple works to collectively create new narratives and ideas of “Winnipeg.” For the people who live, have lived, and are yet to live here, these artworks provide both reﬂections and maps to the unique cultures that thrive within this city. These encounters and struggles are shaped by the city’s legends, realities as well as a co-mingling of both fact and ﬁction.
Oct 4 to Nov 24, 2012
Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba, Brandon
S*OIL, by Maria Michails, is a human-powered installation that examines the history of industrialization and energy-use in relation to farming. The installation, powered by participation, will entrust you with operating a handcar mechanism, thus controlling an irrigation system for living plants. Borrowing simultaneously from the Earth’s living systems and industrial processes, the installation is made up of mechanical, electronic and organic components that together create a space that is part laboratory and part farm.
Painting Is History
Nov 2 to 24, 2012
Gurevich Fine Art | 62 Albert St.
Painting Is History, by Christian Worthington, features representational images of figures, with a focus on portraiture, and equestrian images. Process plays a large role in this show and the works are displayed at various stages of completion. Worthington begins a painting intuitively; at first generously applying layers of glaze and color, then stripping away the excess and sharpening the image. Showing pieces in development stages is aimed to engage you with the tradition of painting and to draw attention to technique.
Oct 26 to Dec 8, 2012
Martha Street Studio, Winnipeg
Fields is a print-based retrospective highlighting Leo Simoens’ particular relationship to landscape, meditation and contemplation. Preoccupied with how “forgotten corners” of the landscape can evoke, on the one hand, feelings of sadness and melancholy and on the other, hope and well being, Simoens strives “to produce images that communicate an aesthetic awareness of our places.” This exhibition offers the rare opportunity to experience a major selection of Simoens’ work, representing the breadth of his career.
Exhibition – Yellow
Oct 27, 2012 to Mar 24, 2013
Pavilion Gallery Museum, Assiniboine Park
Exhibition – Yellow explores the use of yellows and ochres in Ivan Eyre’s paintings and drawings. You will see his masterful use of yellows in paintings spanning the breadth of his career.
While you are at the gallery, check out their other exhibitions.