Dan Steeves: The Memory of Pain
The past three decades of Dan Steeves’ artistic career as a printmaker, working from his home and studio in Sackville, New Brunswick, have been punctuated by his evolving exploration of the theme of how good and evil battle for the souls of the living. Through his deeply expressive etchings interpreting the land, homes and people, historical and contemporary, of the region around the Bay of Fundy, Steeves has continually probed the nature of temptation and redemption.
The Memory of Pain examines an intensely personal trauma that afflicted his family. Testing their collective strength and faith, the ordeal left its trace on all his family members with marks as indelible as the incised impressions on the plates from which his vivid images grow.
The prints comprising this exhibition are depictions of home and of the ruins of the Second World War Austrian slave labour and Jewish concentration camp at Mauthausen. Steeves’ personal struggle and its lingering memories are points of departure for a compelling artistic exploration of an encounter with pain and suffering and its transformative, mortal aspects.
Curator: Tom Smart
Organized by the Confederation Centre Art Gallery with the support of the Canada Council for the Arts.
Additional media and materials:
Matt Brown recently put together an episode of Studio Tour about Dan Steeves. In this four-minute excerpt, Dan Steeves discusses part of the origin of this exhibition's themes.
In episode 10 Studio Tour host Matt Brown meets printmaker Dan Steeves, and learns about his show "The Memory of Pain" which is currently at the Beaverbrook Art Gallery. Episode airs March.23rd.
Watch the full episode here: http://bit.ly/1848jzn