April 7, 2013

It’s never too early to get up to cottage country—particularly if there’s a splendid exhibition pairing up north. Yesterday was my first encounter with Minden, Ontario. The town had a quaint northern familiarity—a familiarity that extended to the works of two established artists who opened their exhibitions at the Agnes Jamieson Gallery.

Liz Menard and Robert Achtemichuk individually spoke about their respective studio practices, giving engaging background to their works. Menard’s print-based works have a ghostly, residual quality. The print matrix is an ideal medium to convey this duplicity. Many of her prints are generated at Open Studio in Toronto.

Robert & Me

Robert & Me

Robert too had a long career as a printmaker and association with Open Studio as a former Executive Director of the artist-run centre. I first met Robert on Nathan Phillips Square during this summer’s outdoor show. His discrete gouache paintings on silk were stand-out pieces for which he was awarded the Board of Directors Award. His paintings are meditative gems mined from an exact locus: latitude 43.456193 and longitude -80.500507 (aka his home in Kitchener). Robert’s streetscapes are dreamy, nocturnal passages through lived experience–true counterpoints in the age of Google Streetview.

Both shows are worth the scenic trip up Highway 35… they continue until May 11.