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July 19, 2013

Last year you picked “Shift” as your favorite title and theme for Station Gallery’s members’ show. This highly-anticipated annual event is scheduled from November 30th, 2013 through to January 5, 2014. This year’s theme and title is again up to you. Choose your fave from the four listed below and stay tuned for the results on my next blog post.

Let the voting begin…

June 21, 2013

I’ve caught up on the sleepless night a couple of years ago when the idea first occurred to me. I was inspired and exhilarated by the idea of an exhibition that could be determined by the viewing audience. The Wiki Show was born.

A wiki is a web site that encourages anyone to contribute and change content. An excellent example is Wikipedia, a popular on-line encyclopedia that grows and expands every day. Wikis encourage the free exchange of ideas, collaboration, user and visitor involvement.

The Wiki Show brings together twenty artists from across Canada who have submitted exhibition proposals to Station Gallery. They are:

John Abrams
Danny Custodio
Jennifer Dorner
Corinne Duchesne
Susan Farquhar
Erin Finley
Karen Grenier
Sadko Hadzihasanovic
Peter Haller
Timothy Laurin
Laura Moore
Clint Neufeld
Nathalie Quagliotto
Peter Sibbald
Dwight Siegner
Rosemary Sloot
Barry Smylie
Ilona Staples
Nicola Tibbetts
Mike Yuhasz

Each artist brings one or more of their latest and best pieces into the Wiki mix. Visitors are invited to actively engage with works and ideas.

This materially rich show surveys a vast array of media and conceptual approaches to contemporary practice. Some themes become apparent in the Show. They include imaginary spaces, the beauty of ordinary objects and the wonderment of everyday life, travel, proximities, the near and the far, exchange and the generous spirit of sharing. As you wander through the Show, you’ll find other themes and similarities among the twenty artists. It’s a real amazing conversation…

As a group exhibition, this one’s a little on the experimental side. We’re asking all SG visitors to have a say in determining the future programming at the gallery. Whose art would you like to see more of? Which of the twenty artists would you like to see back at the gallery?

Come into the gallery and cast a ballot for your favorite artist in this group exhibition. At the end of the show (August 17), the artist with the most votes will be invited back to SG for a solo exhibition next year. The Wiki finalist will be announced at our next opening on August 24.

The Wiki show opens tomorrow afternoon–let the voting begin!

Wiki Ad

April 26, 2013

For the sixth year in a row, Durham College (DC) art and design students showed their year’s output at Station Gallery (SG). Every spring, I personally look forward to this dynamic, engaging exhibition. Nothing else looks like it. A huge range of material and conceptual investigations come together under the gallery roof, on the gallery walls. Along with one of this year’s jurors, Elizabeth Sweeney (Robert McLaughlin Gallery), Professor Sean McQuay presented over 30 awards to his students involved in the annual juried exhibition.

This year was bigger and better than ever. For the first time, all gallery spaces are devoted exclusively to Durham College projects. We may have even broken a gallery record for number of works in the house: well over 200 projects on display!

And of course there was the ceremonial “exchanging of the ties”. This ancient and arcane ritual has a deep history dating back to 2008. Every year since, Prof. McQuay and I have exchanged skinny, vintage neckties — a symbolic gesture representing the vital ties between the college and the gallery (thanks for the pic, Steven!). The show continues through to this Sunday…

2013 Tie Exchange

2013 Tie Exchange

March 22, 2013

The hottest ticket in town has just sold out. This year’s gallery fundraiser is going to be an outstanding event with well-over 100 quality artworks to choose from for lucky ticket-holders. Next week we’ll start hanging and setting up the in-gallery preview. In the meantime, check out the on-line preview here. Now imagine: it’s April 11th. The big night. Drawing for Art emcee and CKDO radio personality, Terry Johnson draws your ticket from the drum. You’ve got first choice! Whose artwork would you choose?

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Shift annual members' exhibition logo for 2012

Juried exhibition theme, as voted by you.

Hot off the press (err… drawing board) here’s the first glance at the 20th anniversary Annual Members’ Exhibition theme for 2012.

As mentioned in my recent post Shift Happens, the winning theme ‘Shift’ was top choice for Station Gallery’s December exhibition. Thank you to all that voted.

For you, my faithful blog readers (and those that casually drop in, now and then) here’s the scoop for this year’s show:

Submissions Accepted @ SG
September 10 – November 10, 2012

Opening Reception & Awards
December 8, 2012 at 1pm

December 8 – January 6, 2013

Valid SG Membership

Children (Aged 4 – 12)
Youth (13 – 17)
Adult (18+)
and finally, the Irwin Family Award for ‘Best in Show’

Complete details coming soon…

July 13, 2012

It’s Friday the thirteenth, and I’ve the good fortune of announcing “Shift” as the title and theme of this year’s annual members’ exhibition at Station Gallery. Out of the gate, “Shift” was favored to win on an on-line poll posted a couple weeks ago, taking a majority of fifty + percent of votes at all times. Thanks to everyone who voted and followed the results.

And it’s a good one. “Shift” is both a noun and a verb. Generally it means to change position. It can evoke many things: graveyard shift, gear shift, shape-shifting, paradigm shift, the shift key on a keyboard…

I anticipate that we’ll have loads of creative interpretations of this versatile and fun theme. Stay tuned to the SG website later this summer for details on the 20th annual members’ show…   

Short & Sweet

June 29, 2012

Last year you picked Rock, Paper, Scissors as your favorite title and theme for Station Gallery’s members’ show. This highly-anticipated annual event is scheduled from December 8th, 2012 through to January 6, 2013. This year’s theme and title is again up to you. Choose your fave from the four listed below and stay tuned for the results on my next blog post…

May 22, 2012

Lately, I’ve enjoyed being immersed in the our collection storage and reviewing the gallery’s permanent collection along with gallery patrons and partners. This is in preparation for our upcoming Patrons’ Picks exhibition which opens on Saturday, June 2. The process has proven to be exhilarating and informative for both myself and key stakeholders making their selections. It’s trilling to make discoveries of pieces that have quietly hung on the backs of the storage racks.

As you may know, I enjoy looking for (and sometimes finding) patterns and themes. I’ve started noticing many similarities in the prints preserved in the permanent collection. For instance, there are a lion’s share of table-tops and still-lives represented. There’s a real sensuous, quirky humour that’s noticeable in the collection. Many prints invoke the levity and funky atmosphere of the late seventies and early eighties. Who knows, maybe there’s a themed show in the making. In the meantime, many of the works will see a new life until July 15 in the context of the Patrons’ Picks show. Release the collection!   


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

December 16, 2011

As the year rounds out, the ever-popular annual members’ show is on display at Station Gallery. For the 19th year, the gallery highlights the best that our creative and talented membership has to offer. The development of this year’s show was particularly satisfying to watch. You may recall earlier this summer, an on-line poll determined the supreme theme. Rock, Paper, Scissors ruled.

There was something about this trio of nouns that proved more tangible than previous ones. The artists’ responses were amazing.

Now, many will be familiar with the rules of this hand game of chance. I personally need a little more time to wrap my head around what wins in a game of RPS. We all know that scissors beats paper, because the scissors cut paper. We are also aware that rock beats scissors because the rock breaks the scissors. That’s easy. But, I’ve never been able to figure out how paper beats rock. I guess they say that a paper can cover a rock—so much for the rocks being used as paperweights. Anyways, those are the rules for me to figure out. I’m two thirds of the way there.

Drop by and check out the show. And don’t forget to vote for your fave in our Rock, Paper, Scissors: It’s your choice! people’s choice award.

Santa visits the Gallery