The Michael Wright Art Gallery (MWAG) and Outlet Gallery feature a rotating program of exhibitions by local and regional artists. The MWAG (2253 Leigh Square Place) is open Monday to Saturday 1:00-5:00 pm.The Outlet Gallery (2248 McAllister Avenue) is open Monday to Friday 9:30am-6:00pm and Saturdays 9:30am-5:00pm. Both galleries are free to the public.
Our three current exhibitions feature the work of Edzy Edzed, Pierre Leichner, Janna Kumi, Desmond Wilson, and Bruce Campbell. All three artists will be present at the free opening reception which takes place on January 23, 2020, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. in the Michael Wright Art Gallery (2253 Leigh Square Place) and adjacent Outlet Gallery (2248 McAllister Avenue).
FEELING THE PULL: A New Spin on Gravitational Art / Edzy Edzed and Pierre Leichner
The Michael Wright Art Gallery (MWAG) presents FEELING THE PULL: A New Spin on Gravitational Art, by Edzy Edzed and Pierre Leichner.
Gravity is a fundamental force for our existence, yet its very essence remains a mystery. Ripples in the fabric of space and time – gravitational waves – were first detected in 2015. They arise when the collision of extraordinarily large objects such as black holes and neutrons start colliding. Many astrophysicists equate this discovery to that made by Galileo when he provided the evidence that the earth revolved around the sun. Gravitational waves could open doors to a deeper understanding of our universe, even possibly its very origin. In this body of work both artists explore the force of gravity artistically. This mixed media presentation aims to engage viewers visually and physically in the experience. The works are imaginative representations as we only have limited knowledge of these events, however each of the works was made using gravitational force directly and some can be activated by it.
TIME AND PROCESS / Janna Kumi
The Outlet Gallery presents TIME AND PROCESS by Janna Kumi.
Kumi explores the central themes of time and process through large scale intricate drawings and paintings of tree bark (growth) and wood (decay). The typical patterns and textures of tree bark are formed by lateral and vertical tree growth while death brings the focus on decay organisms releasing nutrients to start life anew. Using simple colour pencils and ink, Kumi makes the detail visually appealing, arresting, and a moral and ethical statement: A challenge to see the beauty in small fragments as part of the whole that is precious to our very existence.
Janna Kumi acknowledges the grant she received from the Canada Council for the Arts in supporting the creation of this body of work.
TURNING WOOD INTO ART / Desmond Wilson and Bruce Campbell
The Outlet Gallery also presents TURNING WOOD INTO ART by Desmond Wilson and Bruce Campbell
Turned wooden objects have been produced for many centuries, having been discovered at archaeological sites throughout Europe as early as the 10th century. These were almost exclusively simple functional items such as bowls, plates, drinking vessels and spoons with any decoration most likely used to identify the maker. With time, more ornamentation in the form of surface carving and some colouring became more popular and wood turning expanded into architectural and furniture design. However, during the past two decades there has been an increasing interest in developing a highly varied and sophisticated art form with the embellishment of turned objects with elaborate carving, pyrography, colouring (dyes and paints) and the addition of other mediums such as metal, glass, pottery, fabric and as well as natural materials such as shells, rocks and minerals and fossils. This exhibition combines the artist’s interest and expertise in both art and craft through an array of functional and decorative items. One aspect of wood turning that differentiates it from most other forms of woodwork is the serendipitous nature of the outcome in that often the finished product is the result of the intrinsic nature of the wood as the bark and outer layers are removed to reveal often unexpected colour, grain and figure.
The exhibitions run until April 28, 2020
Michael Wright Art Gallery Outlet Gallery
Tues – Fri 1-5pm Mon – Fri 9:30-6pm
Sat 12-4pm Sat 9:30-6pm
Sun – Mon Closed Sun – Mon Closed
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