Brian Jungen, Dragonfly, 2008, Carved gallon gasoline jug. Courtesy Reesa Greenberg Toronto.

Beneath a Petroliferous Moon


Beneath a Petroliferous Moon
September 28, 2012 to January 6, 2013

Opening Reception: Friday, September 28 at 8 p.m.
Talk/Tour: Saturday, September 29 at 1 p.m., with artists Ernst Logar, Robyn Moody, and David LaRiviere, and curator Jen Budney

Video Screening: Land of Oil and Water, a 45-minute documentary about Alberta oil sands companies expanding into northern Saskatchewan. Co-director Neil McArthur of the University of Manitoba will attend.

Petroleum, in its extraction, distribution, utility, economics, and social, political, and environmental impacts, defines our contemporary world. Yet, in the developed countries that consume it most, it remains a strangely invisible substance, evident primarily at the clean and bright gas stations dotting our city streets and highways. In his fascinating account of international petroleum industry operations, Crude World, journalist Peter Maass argues that in North America oil is invisible most of the time, but “like gravity, it influences everything we do.”

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Bill Burns, Bird Radio and the Eames Chair Lounge (installation detail). Photo-Toni Hafkenscheid

Bill Burns: Bird Radio and the Eames Chair Lounge


Bill Burns: Bird Radio and the Eames Chair Lounge
September 28, 2012 to January 6, 2013

Opening Reception: Friday, September 28 at 8 p.m.
Talk/Tour: Friday, September 28 at 7 p.m. with the artist, Bill Burns

Bird Radio and the Eames Chair Lounge continues Bill Burns’ curious work about animals, knowledge, and society’s relationship with nature. Gallery visi­tors are invited to activate a chandelier of jerry-rigged birdcalls that transmits the simulated sound of birds beyond the gallery walls via radio. Burns, well-known for the quirky humor of his work, includes in the installation several examples of the 1950s Eames lounge chair.

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Zachari Logan, Eunuch Tapestry One, 2012, pastel on black paper, detail.

The Names of Things


The names of things
Terry Billings, Zachari Logan, Stacia Verigin
September 28 to January 6, 2013

Opening Reception: Friday, September 28 at 8 p.m.
Talk/Tour: Sunday, November 4 at 2 p.m.with artists Terry Billings, Zachari Logan,
Stacia Verigin, and curator Troy Gronsdahl.

In their diverse mixed media works, drawings and sculpture, Terry Billings, Zachari Logan, and Stacia Verigin explore the complex relationships between human experience and the natural world. Their work engages with natural forms and imagery to challenge assumptions about nature and consider the beauty and mystery of the world around us.

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Weight in the form of a skull surmounted by a snake, early to mid 19th century, ivory, carnelian. Collection of the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria. Gift of David Young.

Edo: Arts of Japan’s Last Shogun Age (1603-1868)


June 22 to September 16, 2012
Opening Reception: Friday, June 22 at 8 p.m.
Talk/Tour: Sunday, June 24 at 1 p.m. with curator Barry Till

Edo refers to two things: it is the old name for the city of Tokyo, which, starting in 1615, under the rule of military leader or shogun, Tokugawa Ieyasu, transformed from a village into one of the world’s largest, most populous capitals—often called “the Venice of the East.” It is also the name for the historic period from 1603 until 1868, when Japan was ruled by shoguns from the Tokugawa family. The exhibition, Edo: Arts of Japan’s Last Shogun Age, explores the vast and unique influence this epoch had on the arts and culture of Japan. Edo: Arts of Japan’s Last Shogun Age (1603 –1868) is the most comprehensive exhibition of historical Japanese art ever displayed in Saskatoon, offering visitors an incredible opportunity to learn about the epoch and marvel at its magnificent cultural productions.

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Megan Mormon, Art Party

Artists by Artists: Ruth Cuthand and Megan Morman


Art Party
September 28, 2012 to January 6, 2013
Opening Reception: Friday, September 28, 2012

Art Party’s candy-coloured tableaux narrate real and imagined relationships among queer Canadian visual artists. Obsessively patterned with the fusible plastic beads of her crafty childhood, Morman’s portraits examine friendship, insinuation, and the role of storytelling in establishing community.

Morman is based out of Saskatoon and Lethbridge. Her portraits, word games, and writing-based performances have appeared in festivals and publications across Canada. Her mentor, Ruth Cuthand, is a visual artist and educator in Saskatoon. Cuthand’s retrospective Back Talk, curated by Jen Budney, is touring nationally.


David Garneau, Fort Edmonton (1880s), 2006, acrylic on canvas. Collection of the Mendel Art Gallery.  Purchased with the support of the Canada Council for the Arts Acquisition Assistance program 2010, and with funds raised by the Gallery Group.

Where It’s At


June 22 to September 16, 2012

Where It’s At is one of the larger exhibitions drawn from the Mendel Art Gallery’s permanent collection. These works reflect the energy and success of Saskatchewan: it is indeed the place to be. The Gallery is also thriving and growing, continuing to present innovative, relevant exhibitions and public programs, and building an outstanding permanent collection that reflects and inspires this community. These artworks have been selected from hundreds acquired in the last several years through purchase or donation. They include sculpture, mixed media, painting, photography and works on paper.

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950 Spadina Crescent East
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

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