Four new exhibitions officially opened the summer season at the Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba.
In the Main Gallery, Seema Goel and Meghan Price both explore how we relate to the environment and to scientific concepts, using installation, sculpture, video, printmaking, and textiles. In the Community Gallery, hundreds of works created by community members respond to ideas of home and belonging in “A Place to Call Home”, a project coordinated by Brandon-based artist Chris Cooper. Meanwhile, in the Children’s Studio and Foyer Vitrine is an exhibition by one of AGSM’s youngest exhibiting artists, 10-year-old Xavier Folkerts.
In the Main Gallery’s “Part Time Deep Time” exhibition, Toronto-based artist Meghan Price looks to the scientific practice of geology to investigate concepts of ‘deep time’ and human time. Moving between sculpture, weaving, printmaking, lacemaking, and video, Price works in laborious processes that create moments of connection between the human and the geological. Concurrently, Winnipeg-based artist Seema Goel’s exhibition “To Move as One” combines video, photography, and sculpture to investigate how we interact with nature. Coming out of her residency at the University of Manitoba’s Faculty of Science, her pieces use a combination of traditional techniques such as wet felting and stop motion animation, with technology that renders her pieces interactive and responsive to the viewer.
In the Community Gallery, “A Place to Call Home” is part of a city-wide series of exhibitions that conclude an ambitious community art project with Brandon-based artist and educator Chris Cooper. Since March 2015, Cooper has been working with participants to explore what home means to them. The project was created in conjunction with a variety of different organizations in the community, including the Brandon Neighbourhood Renewal Corporation and participants from Brandon Correctional Centre, Brandon Embroiderers, Brandon Friendship Centre and Shilo Military Family Resource Centre, to name a few.
Finally, in the Children’s Studio and Foyer Vitrine, the AGSM presents one of its youngest artists, Xavier Folkerts, in his first solo exhibition. Folkerts has been attending classes at the AGSM since he was six years old and his diverse works in clay and drawing explore some of his favourite subjects, such as the Titanic and birds.
These exhibitions will remain open until Aug. 12 in the Main Gallery, July 29 in the Community Gallery, and Aug. 5 in the Children’s Studio.
The Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba is located at 710 Rosser Avenue. It can be accessed either from the Town Centre parkade, or from the first floor of the Town Centre Mall through the elevators near the library. Admission is free.
With files from release