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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!

Countdown to 2012

November 18, 2010

I read the news today, oh boy! Canada’s fashion mogul, Jeannie Becker announced that artist Daniel Barrow won the coveted Sobey Art Award for Canadian Contemporary Art. Barrow is a Winnipeg-bred-now-Montreal-based artist who ended up with the $50,000 award sponsored by the Sobey Foundation. This prize was established to increase the stature and visibility of visual art created by Canadian artists under forty.

Brendan Fernandes's "Neo-Primitivism II"

One of the short-listed artists was Brendan Fernandes. Brendan has followed a very interesting life-path which spanned several continents. For the purposes of this award, he was geographically representing Ontario. Now based in New York, however,  Brendan will premiere as a solo exhibiting artist at Station Gallery for 2011. I’m really looking forward to working with him and seeing what he’ll be bringing to Whitby. For next year, I predict Brendan will be the big Sobey winner. I can just feel it. After all, Barrow had been short-listed twice, winning the second time around. Congratulations, Brendan!