Tammi Campbell and Kara Uzelman: concerning certain events

January 17 to March 22, 2015
Opens: Friday, January 16 at 7 p.m.
Talk/Tour: Sunday, February 8 at 1 p.m. with artists’  Tammi Campbell and Kara Uzelmann: concerning certain events

Saskatchewan is known for many things. Home of medicare, the first arts board in North America, wheat, big skies, and The Englishman’s Boy. With the only elected socialist government in North America, Saskatchewan had a particular appeal in the 1940s and 50s: utopian chutzpah and an exotic locale.  Amongst the legendary outcomes of this period are the Emma Lake Artists’ Workshops and research undertaken into the therapeutic use of LSD. Tammi Campbell and Kara Uzelman are two Saskatchewan artists who are taking their artistic cues from this particular history.

Campbell’s work is a sustained investigation into the function of modernist painting, with a specific interest in artists who played a role in the development of abstraction here. She plays with the tropes and language of hard-edge abstraction especially, and is in that sense a painter’s painter. A series dedicated to Agnes Martin, a simple pencil sketch that Campbell executes each day she works in the studio, entices by its salutation, Dear Agnes, but denies the viewer any legible content. Her practice is a meditation on the process of making.

Uzelman is known for an archeologist’s approach to unearthing meaning and relationships between objects. In her recent work, she focuses on place—rural  Saskatchewan—through a researcher’s lens. This new work is comprised of tableaux based on research into the socio-political and cultural shifts associated with LSD experiments in the province.Her work occupies a site connecting truth seeking and myth making.

Campbell and Uzelman offer two strategies for artmaking through research and remaking located in the specifics of this place. Acting Chief Curator Sandra Fraser has curated concerning certain events.