This e-publication documents the exhibition Rewilding Modernity, presented in the fall of 2013 at the Mendel Art Gallery. Essays by curator Lisa Baldissera and New York art critic, poet and editor Barry Schwabsky examine contemporary art and the unique history of modernity in Saskatchewan and internationally. Among the artists represented in the exhibition are: Polly Apfelbaum, Bob Boyer, Robert Christie, Wally Dion, Mina Forsyth, Roy Kiyooka, Kenneth Lochhead, Jules Olitski, William Perehudoff, Jennifer Steinkamp, and Robert Youds.
Please join us in celebrating the launch of our Winter Exhibitions!
Friday, January 16 at 8 p.m.
Cash bar and everyone welcome. Admission is free.
Friday, January 16 at 7 p.m.
with Shauna McCabe, Executive Director, Textile Museum of Canada
January 17 to March 22, 2015
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 of Afghan battle rugs from the Textile Museum of Canada illustrates the critical role creative practice plays in a global context. Conventional woven imagery of birds and flowers gives way to bullets and tanks in these rugs.
Ursula Biemann: Deep Weather
The artist’s nine-minute video, Deep Weather, presents glimpses of the Alberta tar sands, juxtaposed with images of sand bagging in Bangladesh, to guard against rising sea levels caused by melting Himalayan ice. The video links the search for fossil fuels and its impact on climate and indigenous populations. Ursula Biemann is a Zurich-based artist, writer and video essayist.
Tammi Campbell and Kara Uzelman:
concerning certain events
Tammi Campbell and Kara Uzelman are two Saskatchewan artists taking their artistic cues from this province’s history. Their strategies for artmaking through research and remaking are located in the legacy of radical, psychedelic and modernist experimentation associated with mid-century utopianism.
Border Crossings Study Centre
This mobile archive celebrates the 34-year publishing history of Border Crossings art magazine, based in Winnipeg. The study centre offers a place for inquiry and conversation around Canadian and international art and culture. Complementing the archive are text-based works from the permanent collection of the Mendel Art Gallery.
Cathryn Miller and Monique Martin:
The Absolute Way of Things
Using bees as the subject, Monique Martin’s large-scale prints explore the fragile nature of existence, the interplay between humans and small creatures, and diverse communication patterns. The exhibition, including a bookwork by Martin’s mentor, Cathryn Miller, is part of the RBC Artists by Artists Mentorship Program.
April 3 to June 7, 2015
The Mendel Art Gallery is pleased to present School Art, the highly popular exhibition offered annually for 43 years. Celebrating the excellence of artmaking and creativity among young people, the exhibition demonstrates art is for those of all ages and all walks of life. School Art showcases paintings, drawings, photographs, sculptures, and other works of art by more than 200 students in Saskatoon schools. The works
are selected by a jury composed of representatives from the city’s school boards and the Mendel Art Gallery.
April 3 to June 7, 2015
The Fifth World concept, inspired by Indigenous writer Leslie Marmon Silko, considers the choice between destruction and conflict or a new human consciousness in harmony with nature. Tribe Inc., a Saskatoon centre for evolving Aboriginal media, visual and performing arts, has organized this exhibition to celebrate its 20th anniversary. Curator Wanda Nanibush has selected works by established and emerging artists.