Kai Chan, Aurora (detail), 1975,Cotton, nylon and wood, Collection of the artist Photo: Cheryl O'Brien.

Kai Chan: A Spider’s Logic

January 27 to March 18, 2012
Opening Reception: Friday, January 27 at 8 p.m.

Artist & Curators’ Talk/Tour: Friday, Janaury 27 at 7 p.m.

A Spider’s Logic brings together more than a dozen major works by Chinese-Canadian artist Kai Chan. Spanning 35 years, these works reveal the artist’s extraordinary conceptual and formal range, and illuminate his very personal manner of observing nature and the built environment.

Using everyday materials such as branches, thread, string, toothpicks, buttons and recycled plastic objects, and applying mixed-media techniques, he mixes, heaps, wraps, weaves, braids, layers, fastens, rolls, twists and stretches them to create fascinating and ingenious installations and sculptures.

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Jamelie Hassan, (Manuscript Page), 2005, colour photograph and neon light on panel. Collection of Museum London.

Jamelie Hassan: At the Far Edge of Words

January 20 to March 18, 2012
Opening Reception:
Friday, January 27 at 8 p.m.

Exhibition Talk/Tour: Sunday, January 29 at 12:30 p.m.
with Jamelie Hassan and Professor Lynne Bell

Since the 1970s, Jamelie Hassan’s work has been influenced by cultural politics, social activism, and her background as a Canadian born to immigrants from Lebanon. Jamelie Hassan: At the Far Edge of Words is the first exhibition surveying the 40-year career of this award-winning, London, Ontario artist. Featured are watercolours, photographs, ceramics, a billboard, and multi-media installations.

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Otto Greiner, The Dance, 1896, lithograph in red chine appliqué on wove paper. Purchased 1994. Collection of the National Gallery of Canada. Photo © NGC

The Symbolist Muse: A Selection of Prints from the National Gallery of Canada

January 20 to March 18, 2012
Opening Reception: Friday, January 27 at 8 p.m.

During the 1880s, some artists in Europe began exploring an inner vision. Their personal, philosophical work marked a staunch opposition to that of the Realist and Impressionist artists of the time, who focused on recording the exterior world. “Mystery,” “suggestion” and “dream” are terms that evoke the strange beauty of Symbolist art. The exhibition includes intriguing works by such renowned and influential artists as Paul Gauguin, Odilon Redon, Edvard Munch, Eugène Carrière and Jan Toorop. The Symbolist Muse consists of some 50 masterpieces from the permanent collection of the National Gallery of Canada.

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Brayers and Blisters: Inside a Printmaker’s Studio

Brayers and Blisters: Inside a Printmaker’s Studio

January 20 to March 18, 2012

Opening Reception: Friday, January 27 at 8 p.m.

With Brayers and Blisters, the Mendel Art Gallery presents an exploration of printmaking processes from plate to artist’s proof.

This intriguing look into a printmaker’s studio features a beautiful, custom-built printing press, woodblocks, etching plates, studio supplies, and other related paraphernalia. A series of free demonstrations and workshops led by local practitioners offers visitors hands-on experience and further insight into printmaking processes.

Brayers and Blisters is curated by Public Programs Assistant Troy Gronsdahl.

Benjamin Hettinga, Good Vibrations

Artists by Artists: Stacia Verigin and Benjamin Hettinga

Good Vibrations
January 27 to March 25, 2012

Good Vibrations features Benjamin Hettinga’s meticulous, hand-cut paper compositions, exploring pattern, colour, and line. His abiding interest in geometric design is informed by a wide variety of sources, from traditional textile patterns and ancient motifs to Op art. These intricate, labour-intensive paper works demonstrate Hettinga’s fascination with the handmade, an interest he shares with Stacia Verigin, his mentor. Verigin, who holds a Master’s Degree in sculpture from the University of Saskatchewan, hones her fabrication skills working as a contract prop builder for local television production companies. Her highly imaginative sculptures have delighted audiences across Canada.

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Jayce Salloum, map of the world (detail), 2000-2007. Tentest/cellutex/donnaconda boards, drawing with collage of photographs, objects & documents

Jayce Salloum: history of the present [selected works 1985-2009]

September 30, 2011 to January 8, 2012

The Mendel Art Gallery presents one of its most ambitions exhibitions to date, with Jayce Salloum: history of the present (selected works, 1985-2009), a coproduction of the Mendel Art Gallery with the Kamloops Art Gallery and the Confederation Centre Art Gallery in Charlottetown, PEI.

The show is a mid-career survey of the internationally recognized Canadian artist’s photo and video-based installation works, which explore identity, migration, and shifting borders and territories in the contemporary world.

Salloum pursues a varied career; he works as a curator and cultural activist, has founded artist collectives in Canada, the United States, and Lebanon, and practices as an artist at the intersection of text, video, installation and photographic work. The Lebanese-Canadian artist, whose grandparents immigrated to rural Saskatchewan in the 1930s, grew up in Kelowna and left home at 17 to travel and make art, a journey that led him across Canada, to Africa, and then to California. He is now based in Vancouver, but continues to travel constantly, making work and exhibiting his work all over the world.

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950 Spadina Crescent East
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

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