comtemporary drawings

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.

Some, like Jason McLean, Pia Linz and Alison Norlen, mark out psychogeographic spaces in the city; others such as Tim Gardner, Shuvinai Ashoona, and Janet Kigusiuq Uqayuittuq describe relationships toward the natural environment. Several others, including Tristram Lansdowne, Los Carpinteros, and Simon Hughes, suggest shifting dissonances in our connection to both the urban and the organic realms. For artists such as Peter Doig, Derek Sullivan, Brian Jungen and Luanne Martineau, drawing is a way to index shared cultural references, explore art historical legacies and offer insights into their respective working methods.

Whether using rich patterns and meticulous detail, humour and narrative, personal symbols, extensive research practices or a combination of any of these, the artists have created works on paper that push the boundaries of the medium, mixing autobiography with illusion, myth, and the fantastical, ultimately rendering the mundane extraordinary. Contemporary Drawings from the National Gallery of Canada Organized by the National Gallery of Canada

Reflecting the National Gallery of Canada’s current initiative to collect new and innovative works on paper,this exhibition is an opportunity to take stock of and celebrate some of the Gallery’s most recently acquired drawings, many of which are on view for the first time. Contemporary Drawings is curated by Rhiannon Vogl, Curatorial Assistant, Contemporary Art.

Programs complementing Contemporary Drawings include the Reading Room; and Adult Drawing Studios, with two sessions available in February and March.

In the Reading Room, visitors can learn more about contemporary drawing practice through books, video features, and interviews with the artists in the exhibition. A collaborative wall drawing will develop during the course of the exhibition.


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