Undercurrents: summer, 2007

Under CurrentsUndercurrents: summer, 2007
Publication by Briony Carros, Bruce Campbell, Suzanne Crowdis, Ingrid Jenkner
Producer: Co-published by Visual Arts Nova Scotia and MSVU Art Gallery
Production/Release Date: July 2008
Classification: Catalogues

36 pages, 35 colour illustrations, Introduction by Briony Carros; Essays by Bruce Campbell, Suzanne Crowdis, Ingrid Jenkner.

Documents three exhibitions Figuring in the FigureIn Here Out There and Elegies and Effigies, organized by Nova Scotian university art galleries on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of Visual Arts Nova Scotia.

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On the occasion of our 30th Anniversary, Visual Arts Nova Scotia is pleased to present Undercurrents, a series of exhibitions organized by VANS in partnership with Cape Breton University Art Gallery, Sydney; Mount Saint Vincent University Art Gallery, Halifax; and St. Francis-Xavier University Art Gallery, Antigonish.

Cape Breton University Art Gallery
June 9 – August 25, 2007

Renate Deppe, Susan Malmstrom, Claudia Mannion, Gillian MCCulloch, Tony Myers, Audrey Nicoll, Janet Pope, Christine Ross, Jim Smith, Hallie Watson, Susan Wood.

Features work by Nova Scotian artists that questions and confronts the phenomena of isolation and localization simultaneously existing with transcendence and universality. Looking inwards to examine our pasts and navigate our futures, we necessarily move ‘out there’ to find the answers.We may look to the shoreline, to the ocean with its primal energy, the mountains and earth that sustain us, the people and cultures around us, to the stars and the universe. To grasp the ‘in here’ we each look ‘out there’ and ultimately realize that we are united with and not separate from the universe. Read the curatorial essay.

MSVU Art Gallery
Elegies and Effigies, Material Remains
June 23 – August 12, 2007

Diane Castonguay Rosati, Cecil Day, Susan Feindel, Ed Huner, Claudia Mannion, Onni Nordman, Lindsey Hart, James MacSwain, Irena Schon, Susan Wood.

The selection of work will be guided by trace imagery and elegiac themes identified in the works of about twelve Nova Scotian artists. ‘Trace’ imagery meaning indexical marks that hint at the immanence of death by treating of ‘remains’. Works of spirituality, mortality, ritual significance presented together will produce a nuanced, poetic impression.

StFX Art Gallery
Figuring in the Figure
August 21 – September 14, 2007

Jo Beale, Kenny Boone, Anne Camozzi, Holly Crooks, Ryane M.I. Driscoll, Ed Huner, Carol Kennedy, Lisa Leahey-McIsaac, Dawn MacNutt, James MacSwain, Susan Malmstrom, Margaret Nicholson, Irena Schön, Ian Sherman, Marlien Suermondt.

With the exception of a NSCAD led figure / image dialogue in Halifax, there has always been a perplexing intrinsic and endemic absence of art shows on issues surrounding the human body within the visual arts community and our ‘open’ public gallery. Why the silence and why the discomfort? This exhibition will explore issues of exhibiting figure art in a conservative climate; the danger and courage of artists who deal with the naked and the nude. Figuring in the Figure is an exhibition of works by artists who celebrate the human figure in their art dealing with our sexuality, pleasures, entropy, discomforts and ultimately ourselves.

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