Beyond the Pines Homer Watson and the Contemporary Canadian Landscape
Catalogue Launch & Panel Discussion
Thursday, December 3rd
6:30 (Reception with light refreshments)
7- 9 pm (Panel Discussion)
The AGM celebrates the launch of the catalogue for our current exhibition Beyond the Pines: Homer Watson and the Contemporary Landscape with a panel discussion on the intersection of aesthetics, environmentalism, art history and politics in landscape. Join Curator Kendra Ainsworth, exhibiting artist Reinhard Reitzenstein, catalogue contribhutor Shannon Anderson, and Ivan Jurakic (Director | Curator of the University of Waterloo Art Gallery), in an engaging, cross-disciplinary discussion. Fourth panelist TBA.
Homer Watson is considered to be one of the founders of the Canadian landscape painting tradition. He aimed to give a ‘truthful representation’ of the Canadian wilderness in his work, as distinct from the more romanticized style found in depictions of the English and European countryside. Contemporary Canadian artists looking at landscape must also find a way to access the ‘truth’ of a subject that is not only strongly represented in our national artistic history, but one that is both deeply political and personal. Placing contemporary work by emerging and established artists alongside that of Watson illustrates the universality of the quest to appreciate and capture the landscape in which we live. Exhibiting artists include Jason Brown, Jennifer Carvalho, April Hickox, Brian Jungen and Duane Linklater, Gavin Lynch, Reinhard Reitzenstein, Monica Tap.
Reinhard Reitzenstein is an artist whose work explores ways to interconnect nature, culture, science and spirit across several disciplines: installation, sculpture and public art, photography, drawing, outdoor tree-based installations and sound art. Reitzenstein has held over one hundred solo exhibitions and participated in some 300 group exhibitions across North America and in Taiwan, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Sweden, France, Spain, Japan, Belgium, Norway, Finland, Chile, Venezuela. He has completed more than twenty public art commissions, and his work is in the collections of the National Gallery of Canada, Art Gallery of Ontario, National Capital Commission, University of Toronto, Canada Council Art Bank, Art Gallery of Hamilton, and additionally in over forty public and corporate collections globally. Reitzenstein is an Associate Professor at SUNY, Buffalo where since 2000 he has been the Director of the Sculpture Program. He is represented by the Olga Korper Gallery, Toronto.
Shannon Anderson is an independent curator and writer specializing in contemporary art and culture. Based in Oakville, Ontario, she received her undergraduate degree in Art and Art History from the University of Toronto and her graduate degree in Art History from Concordia University. Her curated exhibitions have been shown at galleries across Canada, including (Da bao)(Takeout) at the Art Gallery of Mississauga in 2012. Her writing has appeared in numerous publications, including exhibition catalogues produced by the Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba, the Koffler Gallery in Toronto, Oakville Galleries, and the Varley Art Gallery in Markham, and in such magazines as Art Papers, Azure, C magazine, Carousel, Canadian Art, Designlines, and EyeMazing Amsterdam.
Ivan Jurakic is currently the Director/Curator of the University of Waterloo Art Gallery. He received his MFA from the State University of New York at Buffalo and an Honours BA from the University of Guelph. Since 2004 he has curated numerous exhibitions, sat on the curatorial panel for the 2009 Sobey Art Award and recently curated Zone C for Scotiabank Nuit Blanche 2013 in Toronto with curatorial colleague Crystal Mowry. His writing has appeared in numerous publications and catalogues. He is a principal of the TH&B collective and has exhibited in Canada and the United States. Ivan resides in Hamilton.
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