April 11 to June 15, 2014
Opening Reception: Friday, April 11 at 8 p.m.
Talk/Tour: Friday, April 11 at 7 p.m. with curators Sandra Fraser and Timothy Long, and artist
Documentary Screening: Tuesday, May 6 at 7 p.m. At the Broadway Theatre, Saskatoon, SK
Watch the trailer, visit the website, and download the iOS app.
Regina-based David Thauberger is a nationally recognized artist best known for his iconic paintings of vernacular architecture. Co-curated by Sandra Fraser, Associate Curator at the Mendel Art Gallery, and Timothy Long, Head Curator at the MacKenzie Art Gallery, the exhibition will provide the first comprehensive overview of this remarkable Canadian artist. Road Trips & Other Diversions brings together some 70 paintings, prints and ceramic works, produced from 1971 to 2009 and drawn from more than 30 public and private collections across the country.
The exhibition examines key themes and working processes, developed throughout Thauberger’s career of 40-plus years. Combining a keen eye for popular and Prairie idioms with an encyclopedic knowledge of 20th-century art, the artist demonstrates through his work that Regionalism and Modernism need not be opposed. He understands that representing place requires both an insider’s and an outsider’s point of view. He has an uncanny ability to transform the imagery of popular culture, the ordinary and the spectacular into symbols of places in much the same way that postcards of tourist destinations do, questioning the very nature of representation. In ceramics, patterned watercolours, flocked prints, and taped and stencilled paintings, Thauberger has played with the line between industrial and handmade techniques. His work reflects both his formal training and a rejection of the aesthetic limitations of a fine art approach.
Clusters of prints, ceramics and paintings in the artist’s own collection, ranging from Chicago Imagism to New York Pop art to Saskatchewan folk painting, are included as contextual interpretive material. Through these pivotal works, the exhibition also highlights Thauberger’s process of assimilating visual information through the process of collecting.
Road Trips & Other Diversions is accompanied by a 30-minute documentary film, a dedicated website, and an innovative, interpretive iOS app. A comprehensive book-length catalogue will be produced later this year, containing full-colour reproductions of Thauberger’s exhibited works, selected works from his collection, and essays by Patricia Bovey, Sandra Fraser, Ted Fraser, Andrew Kear, Timothy Long, and Peter White.
The David Thauberger retrospective is organized and circulated by the Mendel Art Gallery and the MacKenzie Art Gallery. It is the first such collaboration for the province’s two major art museums.
Mendel Art Gallery, Saskatoon SK (April 11 to June 15, 2014)
Art Gallery of Windsor, Windsor ON (June 27 to September 21, 2014)
MacKenzie Art Gallery, Regina SK (May 2 to August 23, 2015)
Glenbow Museum, Calgary AB (Fall 2015)
Confederation Centre Art Gallery, Charlottetown PEI (March 6 to June 6, 2016)
This project is funded in part by the Museums Assistance Program at Canadian Heritage. Ce projet est financé en partie dans le cadre du Programme d’aide aux musées de Patrimoine canadien.