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January 16, 2013

With the new year begins a new exhibition season. Yesterday was an installation day at the Art Gallery of Peterborough (AGP). A solo show of my latest drawings will open this Saturday, January 19th. Pictured below are a few shots of me putting up some charcoal drawing inspired by 60’s European cinema.

The show will open with a presentation titled Synchronicities: Art & CinemaWith this illustrated talk, I’ll survey artists who are inspired by film and who in-turn inspire me with their work: John Abrams, Peter Doig, Mathieu Dufois, Douglas Gordon, Christian Marclay, Sheena Mcrae and Cindy Sherman

Where: Art Gallery of Peterborough, Peterborough, Ontario

When: Saturday, January 19th, 1:00 p.m.

Finishing Touches

Finishing Touches

Installing "The Waiting"

The shows at the AGP will continue until March 17th, 2013. Hope to see you in Peterborough…


August 1, 2012

Curator by day–artist at night. I’m often asked if my visual art practice influences my curatorial work. This overlap plays out in the current exhibition at Station Gallery. The show is titled Fictionary. The idea behind the exhibition came out of a personal interest in drawing and narrative. These two modes of expression and how they intersect with lens-based media, like film or photography, are explored in my own work.

Fictionary features four artists who are similarly interested in storytelling as expressed through the drawn medium. Dani Crosby (Oshawa), Jay Dart (Port Perry), Larry Eisenstein (Toronto) and Christophe Jordache (Montréal) are phenomenal storytellers with a deep devotion to the drawn medium. This is why I’m keenly interested in this quartet. My respect and admiration for these four artists comes out of how their individual studio practices differ from my own. Their reference points are not overtly influenced by films and photos. Rather, Fictionary is a site where creativity, free-range narrative and imagination align. Crosby, Dart, Eisenstein and Jordache celebrate the inherent exuberance in visual art. It’s a spirit that pre-dates film and photography. It’s as ancient as drawing itself.

Let’s continue this conversation on the third Thursday of this month. Join me on August 16th at 7pm at Station Gallery for a free curator’s walk & talk. Fictionary continues until September 2.

Dani Crosby prepares the Fictionary signature wall

June 3, 2011

Have you ever looked back at your life and found the roots of a passion that developed later in life? I’ve recently contemplated my love of visual art and where it all began. Although I can’t remember the outing, my parents took me to a show at The Robert McLaughlin Gallery (RMG) in the Fall of 1976 called Ontario Collects. We were photographed looking at a painting by Robert Reginald Whale–a triple portrait of children. This picture appeared in the Oshawa Times. For me this clipping remains dear to my heart in many ways. It’s a document that shows an early connection with my hometown gallery.

Fast-forward thirty-five years. The RMG recently unveiled their reconditioned permanent collection space with old favorites and some new acquisitions. I was very moved and honored to have a couple of my drawings included in this re-hanging. Roman Street and Record Player are two works from 2009. Seeing these film-inspired works flanked by a Barbara Astman photo and a Norval Morrisseau painting was an eclectic and inspiring curatorial decision, offering multiple interpretive routes (thanks Linda).

Over the years, I was involved with the RMG in many ways: as a visitor, a summer student, an employee, an art instructor, and now an artist in the permanent collection. Reflecting back on this continuum, it’s important to acknowledge the importance of local galleries and the many ways they shape our cultural world view.   

Life Imitates Art - click to enlarge