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December 31, 2011
As the closing credits of 2011 roll, it’s time to survey the year that was. Overall, it was a banner year; one that saw our team efforts really congeal. We experienced an unprecedented reach of ideas and skill sets. I think back to the knowledge that was imparted to us through the exhibitions that were featured at the gallery.
Brendan Fernandes’ exhibition early in the year, gave a glimpse into life-paths reaching from his Goan homeland to his Nairobi birthplace. The poignant women’s narratives that accompanied Jane Eccles’s “Dress Painting” series were featured on the Toronto Star’s front page. Her monumental project was truly a 2011 highlight, well deserving of the DACTA Jane was honoured with. Kira Varvanina and Edward Lin’s installation was a scintillating addition to the “Unstationary Station” exhibit in the summer. Another artist duo, Ibghy & Lemmens, created visual representations of exchange and desire. The large group exhibitions also had a exhilarating array of material production. Earlier in the year, the Uxbridge artists collective showcased their diverse approaches to art making. And to round the year out, local area artists responded to the theme of “Rock, Paper, Scissors”. In looking back, I feel so lucky working with visual culture and the vast spring of knowledge it imparts. It’s the best job in the world! Happy New Year!
October 21, 2011
Today’s media-savvy youth have a unique approach in understanding non-traditional art. We recently found this out at Station Gallery. For the past month, the gallery hosted groups of grade sevens and eights from across Durham Region. These students exceeded our expectations. The students toured the exhibition featuring works by Richard Ibghy and Marilou Lemmens. The duo’s non-traditional approach to artmaking made sense to most students. They got it. It was interesting to see how they interpreted the graphics presented by the artists. Charts, bars, diagrams, text and video; these non-pictorial strategies communicated to students in ways we didn’t expect. Today is the last day for these curriculum-linked tours at the gallery. The generational differences of how art is consumed and understood continues to surprise and fascinate.