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Contemporary Drawings from the National Gallery of Canada


January 24 to March 30, 2014

Opening Reception: Friday, January 24 at 8 p.m.
Talk/Tour: Friday, January 24 at 7 p.m. With NGC curator Rhiannon Vogl

This cutting-edge drawing exhibition brings together a selection of works made since 2000 by 25 Canadian and international artists and collectives. Represented artists with a Saskatoon connection include Alison Norlen, a professor in the Department of Art and Art History, University of Saskatchewan; and Luanne Martineau, who now lives in Montreal.

In the hands of the artists presented here, an array of media — including pencils and inks, watercolours, cut-outs and stamps — are vehicles for expressing physical or intangible experiences and documenting the world in both its vastness and minutia.

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Trace Nelson

Trace Nelson: Walls of Intrigue and Cabinets of Curiosity


January 24 to March 30, 2014

Opening Reception: Friday, January 24 at 8 p.m.
Talk/Tour: Sunday, January 26 at 1 p.m. with artist Trace Nelson

Monkey Business Workshop
Sunday, January 26 at 2 p.m. with Trace Nelson

Trace Nelson’s Walls of Intrigue and Cabinets of Curiosity presents an ambitious body of work that places monkey imagery at the centre of her installation. She has mobilized the nostalgic affection for handcrafted sock monkeys into a compelling study of DIY cultures, collecting, crafting, play theory and the tangled relationships between culture, nature, and technology. Nelson’s installation is densely layered with wall mounted and free-standing monkey sculptures in varying sizes, wall drawings, framed and unframed paintings, as well as furniture upholstered with reused sweaters punctuated by video peepholes. In 2008, the Victoria artist embarked on a research project to construct 100 sock monkeys. As Nelson’s research veered into new hypotheses and materials, the cuddly toy monkeys morphed and took on more complex qualities. This monkey business provides a delightful and mischievous antidote to the seriousness of everyday life and perennial concerns about elitism in the arts. There is also a reference to the exoticism of Victorian collecting methods and the economical impulse to repurpose work socks into toys.

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June J. Jacobs and Gwen Klypak: Time Layered


January 24 to March 30, 2014
Opening Reception: Friday, January 24 at 8 p.m.

Using traditional techniques including weaving, felting, dyeing, crochet, and embroidery, Gwen Klypak’s layered works combine contrasting forms with structural and surface design embellishments. Informed by personal experience, her textile artworks contemplate the intimate relationship between the human body and the passage of time. She pursues her study and experimentation with the woven grid from her Saskatoon-area acreage. June J. Jacobs has exhibited her fibre works nationally and internationally. She lives and works in Meacham, where she owns and operates the Hand Wave Gallery. For more than 30 years, Jacobs has made sustained contributions to the fine craft community as a mentor, educator, and organizer.

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Rewilding Modernity


September 27, 2013 to January 5, 2014
Talk/Tour: Sunday, October 20 at 1 p.m. with curator Lisa Baldissera

Contemporary art and the unique history of modernity in Saskatchewan and internationally are examined in this innovative exhibition. Featured are some of the most prominent artists working today in Canada and abroad, plus a selection of works from the 1950s to 1970s by Saskatchewan and international artists. A cornerstone of modern art emerged in our own backyard, at Emma Lake. The Emma Lake Workshops of the 1950s and 1960s formed a major part of Canada’s artistic legacy. They were led by eminent visiting artists and critics from around the world, including New York critic Clement Greenberg, American artists Donald Judd, Kenneth Noland and Frank Stella, American composer and artist John Cage, and English sculptor Sir Anthony Caro. A number of these participants had become aware of the province through its high-profile presence as the only region in North America to have elected a government on a socialist platform — a feat that was reported in the 1940s and early 50s in The New York Times, Time magazine and Newsweek.

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They Made A Day

They Made A Day Be A Day Here


September 27, 2013 to January 5, 2014

They made a day be a day here.
They made a day be a day here.
They made a day be a day here by
a year by a year yearly they made a
day be a day here by the year.
Gertrude Stein, How to Write, 1931

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"Digital, LED Wheat, supported on a growing mechanical field ".  Photo by Cory Schewaga

Artists by Artists: Bruce Montcombroux and Cory Schewaga: Galicia


September 27, 2013 to January 5, 2014
Artists by Artists Mentorship Program
Bruce Montcombroux and Cory Schewaga: Galicia

Galicia is a synthetic wheat field where viewers interact with the work through a combination of actual and virtual activity. The objects are made of paper, glue, and electronics. Reflecting the growth cycles of a physical wheat field, the installation progresses through different states occurring through continued interaction by the viewer for the duration of the exhibition.

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Exhibition Tour

Free exhibition tour every Sunday at 1 p.m.
Meet in the lobby. No registration required.

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Location & Hours

950 Spadina Crescent East
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

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