MEDIA RELEASE: Gallery launches its summer season with three new exhibitions
Beaverbrook Art GalleryMay 31, 20180 Comments
Fredericton, New Brunswick, May 31, 2018 – The Beaverbrook Art Gallery announced the opening of three new exhibitions today. Following a successful and well-attended Lord Beaverbrook Day, the Gallery is jumping straight into its summer program, launching a new season of exhibitions highlighting themes of landscape, travel, and memory. The free, public opening reception will be held on Saturday, June 2, 2018 at 4 pm. Everyone is welcome to attend.
“This season, we will once again present a compelling, dynamic, and entertaining slate of exhibitions to New Brunswickers, and to our guests, visitors, and tourists,” said Gallery Director/CEO Tom Smart. “In these three exhibitions, we find both new and established artists, from away and from right here in the province, working in different techniques and media. These exhibitions present artworks that both look inside the mind and outside to the broader world. I hope that visitors will find something new to marvel at and be taken by in these exhibitions. I thank and congratulate the artists on their accomplishments, and thank all of our members and supporters for continuing to make this possible.”
For its thirteenth instalment, the Studio Watch: Emerging Artist – Painting exhibition features Noémie DesRoches. DesRoches has recently completed a Bachelor of Visual Arts at the Université de Moncton. She is interested in questions of memory, misremembering, and the construction of personal history. DesRoches creates carefully crafted paintings that manipulate and transform images through juxtaposition, montage, and repetition of elements. The exhibition series is made possible through the generous support of Earl and Sandy Brewer.
“DesRoches is a painter who can as equally craft a devotional series of small paintings of individual foil candy wrappers as she can evoke bewilderment and awe with an image of a flaming metal stair to nowhere,” says the Gallery’s Manager of Collections and Exhibitions, John Leroux. “Hers are mysterious narratives which make viewers take notice, with their eyes and with their minds.”
The exhibition Camino features a selection of photographs by artist and historian Peter Coffman. The photographs feature the artist’s trek along the famed Camino de Santiago, which takes pilgrims to the shrine of Santiago de Compostela – the same saint featured in the Gallery’s famed Salvador Dali painting Santiago el Grande.
“Coffman’s discerning eye wonderfully captures both the landscapes and the personal experience of travelling the Camino,” comments Leroux. “By showing these near our renowned Santiago el Grande, my hope is that each installation will connect with the other, bringing a new, human element to the heroic painting that we know so well.”
Finally, Stephen Hutchings’ monumental landscapes are featured in the exhibition Landscape Tales. The exhibition presents a wide range of Hutchings’ subjects and themes, from an arrangement of small paintings of trees, to several enormous canvases that command attention, showing imagined, conceptual landscapes.
“This exhibition,” says Leroux, “spins a magical aura around the very notion of what landscape, as a term and as a genre, is all about. The artist’s deep connection to the narratives in the works is intimately imparted through the beautifully layered technique of painting and drawing he uses, where luminous washes counterpoint the dark organic solids he carefully frames.” The exhibition is supported by Allison and Clare McCain, and is accompanied by an exhibition publication, made possible with financial support from Elizabeth A. and Richard J. Currie, OC, that will be launched at the opening.
To enhance the experience, visitors will have the opportunity to engage with Hutchings during a residency in the Bruno Bobak Artist-in-Residence Studio, from June 2-15, and the Gallery will present an artist talk and musical performances connected to the exhibition. Full details about these and other public programs featuring artists, curators, and other experts will be made available on the Gallery’s website at beaverbrookartgallery.org.
All three exhibitions will continue throughout the summer. The Studio Watch: Emerging Artist – Painting exhibition will continue until September 16, and Camino and Landscape Tales will be on view until October 14.
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