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Battleground: War Rugs from Afghanistan


January 17 to March 22, 2015
Opens: Friday, January 16 at 7 p.m.
Talk/Tour:  Friday, January 16 at 7 p.m. with Shauna McCabe, Executive Director, Textile Museum of Canada

The terror of bombs falling from the sky and landmines exploding from the earth is revealed in Battleground: War Rugs from Afghanistan. Through three decades of international and civil war, Afghans have borne witness to disaster by weaving unprecedented images of battle and weaponry into their rugs. This touring exhibition tells the story of the Afghan world turned upside down.

The exhibition presents dozens of fascinating, woven documents of social and cultural events in Afghanistan from the last quarter of the 20th century, highlighting the critical role that creative practice plays in a global context.

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Ursula Biemann: Deep Weather

Ursula Biemann: Deep Weather


January 17 to March 22, 2015
Opens: Friday, January 16 at 7 p.m.

The 2013 video, Deep Weather is a nine-minute glimpse of the Alberta tar sands, juxtaposed with the watery world of Bangladesh. The whispered, confiding voice-over makes viewers feel immediately complicit in the actions unfolding here. Deep Weather explores the devastating consequences of oil extraction. Aerial images of the scarred landscape of the Canadian tar sands give a sense of the vast scale of the damage: ashen contours, littered with the occasional digger, stretch over an area the size of England.

While human actions are paramount in what happens to the Earth, we have little awareness of, or control over, fluid and invisible global interactions. The enormous open-pit mines and steam processing of the oil-infused sand and clay of northern Alberta have drastically lowered Athabasca River flow to the Arctic Ocean; poisoned tailing ponds are replacing the boreal forests, altering ecology for an unknown future. Land is reduced to a commodity by multinational corporations with little or no concern for the planet’s future well-being.

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Border Crossings Study Centre

Border Crossings Study Centre


January 17 to March 22, 2015
Opens: Friday, January 16 at 7 p.m.

Border Crossings magazine is one of the key platforms for the investigation of contemporary Canadian and international art and culture. Founded in 1977 by Robert Enright, this quarterly magazine is published in Winnipeg, and is responsible for bringing international attention to art production on the Prairies.

The Border Crossings Study Centre (BCSC) was developed by the magazine as a unique, mobile archive of the magazine’s 32-year publishing history, and includes copies of each of the magazines to date. It is housed in a portable hybrid storage/reading unit designed by architects Neil Minuk (DIN), and Karen Shanski and Eduardo Aquino (spmb). The archive is made up of the magazines themselves and, where issues were no longer available, handmade facsimiles were produced by Canadian photographer Elaine Stocki. It provides a welcoming social space for readers to look at individual issues, refer to the extensive Index, and talk about the material in the 127 issues of the magazine.

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Tammi Campbell and Kara Uzelman: concerning certain events


January 17 to March 22, 2015
Opens: Friday, January 16 at 7 p.m.

Saskatchewan is known for many things. Home of medicare, the first arts board in North America, wheat, big skies, and The Englishman’s Boy. With the only elected socialist government in North America, Saskatchewan had a particular appeal in the 1940s and 50s: utopian chutzpah and an exotic locale.  Amongst the legendary outcomes of this period are the Emma Lake Artists’ Workshops and research undertaken into the therapeutic use of LSD. Tammi Campbell and Kara Uzelman are two Saskatchewan artists who are taking their artistic cues from this particular history.

Campbell’s work is a sustained investigation into the function of modernist painting, with a specific interest in artists who played a role in the development of abstraction here. She plays with the tropes and language of hard-edge abstraction especially, and is in that sense a painter’s painter. A series dedicated to Agnes Martin, a simple pencil sketch that Campbell executes each day she works in the studio, entices by its salutation, Dear Agnes, but denies the viewer any legible content. Her practice is a meditation on the process of making.

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Cathryn Miller and Monique Martin: The Absolute Way of Things

Cathryn Miller and Monique Martin: The Absolute Way of Things


January 17 to March 22, 2015
Opens: Friday, January 16 at 8 p.m.

Using bees as the subject, the works explore the fragile nature of existence, the interplay between humans and small creatures, and the communications patterns of our world. The large-scale prints explore the relationships within the hives and how those relationships mimic and contradict those in the human population. The cyclical nature of bee and human populations is represented through the sequential nature of the artwork.

Both the newly recognized loss of bee populations and the historical links between bees and humans are referenced in the artwork.

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MAG.EC.CVR

Convoluted Beauty: In the Company of Emily Carr


Lisa Baldissera, Vinciane Despret and Erika Dyck

Emily Carr (1871-1945) was one of the first Canadian painters to forge a modernist style. Convoluted Beauty focuses on a formative period, when Carr pursued art studies in the United Kingdom, but was hospitalized for “hysteria.” Nevertheless, she came to terms with her personal and artistic identity. Scholarly essays draw from various critical frameworks, including the theme of exile, the concept of hysteria, and the notion of “unproductivity” in creative work. The project presents works by major international artists who explore Carr’s legacy. Included are: Thomas Zipp (Germany), Louise Lawler (USA), Mark Wallinger, (UK) and Canadian artists Karen Tam, Marianne Nicolson, Joanne Bristol, and Cedric and Nathan Bomford.

112 pp., $25
Mendel Art Gallery, 2014
ISBN: 978-1-896359-86-1
Distributed by ABC Art Books Canada.
Available in the Gallery Shop and Amazon.ca


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Location & Hours

950 Spadina Crescent East
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

Regular Hours: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Free admission