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.


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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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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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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Clare Hume, Power, 1972, gelatin silver print on paper. Collection of the Mendel Art Gallery. Gift of the Saskatoon Camera Club,1974

The Saskatoon Camera Club Celebrates 75 Years


June 22 to September 7, 2012
Opening Reception: Friday, June 22 at 8 p.m.

For 75 years, the Saskatoon Camera Club has been a valuable resource for people interested in photography. Its diverse membership includes teens and seniors, beginners and highly experienced photographers. The club has developed along with the art community and the city itself.

The inaugural meeting of the Camera Club was held at the Board of Trade office in 1936. The 31 founding members set the annual membership fee at $1. (The current fee is $40 per year.) By 1938, the club had 72 members. The venue shifted to Nutana Collegiate for six years, then members rented space with a darkroom in the Ross Block on Third Avenue.

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Biliana Velkova, All You Can Eat - Capitol (detail). 2012

Artists by Artists: David LaRiviere and Biliana Velkova


Public Relations
June 22 to September 23, 2012
Opening Reception: Friday, June 22, 2012

There are certain responsibilities inherent in the act of occupying a public space. With Public Relations, Biliana Velkova and David LaRiviere seek to intervene with public space, mounting their respective projects within the Mendel Art Gallery as a reflection of what may also be found around the streets of Saskatoon. Referencing the encroachment of advertising, Velkova and LaRiviere navigate such public spaces in order to examine the constituent elements of “responsibility” within a consumer culture.

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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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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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Lynne Yamamoto, Silhouettes (detail), 1998-2011, silk-tissue paper and steel pins.

Paper Doll


March 30 to June 10, 2012
Opening Reception: Friday, March 30 at 8 p.m.
Talk/Tour: Friday, March 30 at 7 p.m. with curator Anne Koval and artists Ed Pien and Jeannie Thib

Paper Doll takes as its point of departure a rare, archival collection of hand-made paper dolls and doll clothes. Created by the American poet Sylvia Plath in her youth, they show her early skill as a visual artist and designer. This exhibition provides a space for the interplay between the Plath material and the works of seven contemporary artists. Much of this new artwork conceptualizes child’s play as a fantasy world remembered, recreated, and transformed. The themes of childhood, play, and the cutout are given new materiality and meaning by the artists included in this exhibition.

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School Art

School Art: Celebrating 40 Years


March 30 to June 3, 2012
Public Reception: Sunday, April 1 at 2 p.m.
Student Artist Talks with participating artists in School Art: Sunday, May 13 at 2 p.m.

The Mendel Art Gallery is extremely pleased to present its 40th School Art exhibition! Celebrating the excellence of artmaking and creativity among the city’s young people, the ever-popular annual exhibition delights audiences and demonstrates that art is for people of all ages and walks of life. School Art showcases paintings, drawings, photographs, sculptures, and other works of art by more than 200 students in Saskatoon’s elementary and secondary schools. The Gallery is proud to work closely with Saskatoon’s educators and to continue its commitment to art at the primary and secondary levels.

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Cherry Blossom Dynaflow, 2010, Ceramic Collection of the Mann Art Gallery, Prince Albert.

Gasoline Alley and Other Sunday Dreams by Clint Neufeld


March 30 to June 10, 2012
Opening Reception: Friday, March 30 at 8 p.m.

Talk/Tour: Sunday, April 15 at 2 p.m. with curator Jen Budney and artist Clint Neufeld

Clint Neufeld, an artist based near Saskatoon in Osler, Saskatchewan, is ex-military and a former firefighter. His works embody the apparent contradictions between typically masculine pursuits and notions of beauty, ornamentation, and artistry. Taking the grease-monkey’s pre-occupation with muscle cars, he replicates the components of engines, transmissions, and axles in ceramic, finished like fine china, and sets them on elegant stands and furniture such as teacarts and chaises longues. The resulting sculptures ask viewers to consider men’s garage “tinkering” in terms of aesthetics, transformation, and even love.

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Bill Burns, Untitled (open book with caribou) (detail), 1999. Colour photograph on paper

Forced Perspective


March 30 to June 10, 2012
Opening Reception: Friday, March 30 at 8 p.m.

Drawn from the Mendel Art Gallery permanent collection, Forced Perspective employs the dynamics of scale and vantage point to develop themes related to culture and place. Working in scales ranging from the miniature to the monumental, artists in the exhibition represent diverse aesthetic traditions that have helped shape cultural life on the prairies.

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