Reception: Saturday, February 23, 2PM
Art Placement presents 'formalish', an exhibition featuring the work of three emerging, Saskatoon-based abstract painters: Jordan Danchilla, Steph Krawchuk, and Cameron McKay.
Formalism is one of the key terms defining the history of abstraction in Saskatoon. The artists in formalish carry on the local formalist tradition to some extent, while at the same time demonstrating a uniquely contemporary approach to the problem of abstraction. Their work speaks to a diverse range of influences, materials, aesthetics, value systems, and histories, in abstract paintings that are fresh, personal, engaging, and unexpected. Danchilla, Krawchuk, and McKay make their work in relative isolation, but within a global community that is more connected and easily accessible than ever before via technology. They acknowledge abstraction's histories--locally as well as internationally--though their relationships to those histories remain adjacent rather than continuous; casual as opposed to strictly formal. Without staking a conceptual or ideological position in relation to the past, as artists a generation before might have felt was necessary, they instead opt for more lighthearted approaches. With genuine curiosity and playful fascination, their work is refreshing and optimistic, and consistently unburdened by the weight or confines of history.
Reception: Saturday, February 23, 2PM
Opening Reception: Thursday, March 7, 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.
A multi-artist exhibition focusing on the works of Bill Lobchuk and the Grand Western Screen Shop.
Reception and Artist Talk: Saturday, March 16, 2:00 – 5:00 pm
An exhibition exploring contemporary approaches to illustrative narratives on the ceramic surface, featuring work by emerging and established artists Carole Epp (SK), Lindsay Montgomery (ON), Japneet Kaur (ON), Brenda Watt (SK), Marney McDiarmid (ON), and Shaun Mallonga (BC).
Reception: Saturday, April 6, 2PM
Art Placement is pleased to present an exhibition featuring several newly available works by celebrated naïve artist, Dmytro Stryjek (1899-1991), amongst a selection of works by other historical Saskatoon artists including Reta Cowley, Robert Hurley, Ernest Lindner and Leslie Saunders.
Reception: Saturday, April 6, 2PM
Art Placement is pleased to present a collaborative exhibition between gallery artist Heather Cline and guest artist Edie Marshall.
Cline and Marshall have maintained an ongoing dialogue within Regina's art community for many years, but this is their first collaborative project and exhibition. Featuring a total of 14 paintings, one from each artist for every day of the week, the works are based on photographs taken by Cline and Marshall on the same day at the exact same time, in two very different geographic locations: Tuscany and the interior of British Columbia. The structure of the project bridges Cline's interests in geography, narrative, and the history of travel painting, with Marshall's ongoing investigations into time-based documentation.
Reception: Saturday, May 25, 2PM
Art Placement is pleased to present Jonathan Forrest’s latest exhibition, Material Resonance. The diverse yet cohesive selection of works in this exhibition are the latest creations of an artist whose practice is defined by both an intense focus, clarity, and concentration, as well as a wandering inquisitiveness.
Active since the mid 1980s, Forrest's approach to abstraction over the past three decades charts a steady yet meandering evolution. Uncomfortable settling into one series or stylistic pigeonhole for too long, he regularly adjusts his course, shifting towards new lines of inquiry. In sequence, a logical, incremental progression comes into focus, a path of one thing leading to another, with the occasional leap for good measure.
Opening Reception: Thursday, January 24, 5:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Bark presents Brian Gladwell's new approach to his medium of wood. Highly refined surfaces combined with rough exteriors add a new dimension to Gladwell's functional sculpture. The contrast of textures as well as treatment shows the dichotomy through which we often experience the natural world.
Zane Wilcox's development of texture and scale in his stoneware sculpture allows for a creative use of light on the surface. Further enhanced by a clever application of reflective gold and strong colours the surface becomes integral to the experience of his vessels bringing a vibrational quality that would not otherwise exist.
January 12 - February 21
Art Placement kicks off the New Year with a group exhibition inspired by shades of grey and other monochromatic colour palettes. Featuring works by a selection of gallery artists including Douglas Bentham, Robert Christie, Jennifer Crane, Jordan Danchilla, Cameron Forbes, Melvyn Malkin, and Thelma Pepper; guest artists Kristin Bjornerud and Cec Cote; and introducing Martin Bennett, a contemporary painter who splits his studio time between Saskato
on and London. Trained at the Alberta College of Art and Design, Bennett has exhibited his work extensively in Canada and abroad for more than two decades including solo and group shows in Saskatoon, Calgary, Winnipeg, Vancouver, Toronto, Los Angeles, and London, UK. Bennett will present a solo project at Art Placement in Summer 2019.
Reception and Artist Talk: Friday, January 18, 7:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. Artist talk begins at 7:30 p.m.
Saskatchewan Craft Council is pleased to present Connections — an exhibition of works from Saskatchewan and South Korean artists. This show was in part organized by the Print Art Research Centre (PARC) in Seoul, Korea.
The exhibition came to fruition due to two chance happenings. In 2014, Saskatoon-based artist Monique Martin created a print at Zea Mays Printmaking in Florence, Massachusetts. The print was then curated into an exhibition at the Seoul Museum of Art in South Korea.
While her print was on display, Martin was preparing to go to Korea for the International Design Conference to present one of her pieces to the Mayor of Suncheon City. On that trip, Martin discovered PARC and became friends with several Korean printmakers.
Thanks to these friendships, Martin had an exhibition of her work at PARC in the spring of 2017. While on that trip that she proposed the idea for Connections, a joint printmaking exhibition at the Saskatchewan Craft Council Gallery in Saskatoon.
To help her coordinate Connections, Martin called on Michael Peterson, Director of Saskatoon printmaking studio Void Gallery. Peterson sought out work by Saskatoon printmakers he had worked with at Void and contacted artists through the printmaking studio Articulate Ink in Regina.
Artists in this exhibition use historical and contemporary printing processes to create their original pieces. While today a "print" can simply mean a "copy" or "reproduction," printmaking is a tradition dominated by meticulous attention using hand and eye to produce consistency in works of high skill and varying content. Works created through silkscreen, mezzotint, etching and chine-collé, linocut, lithography, waterless lithography, and other techniques will be displayed.
Martin is sure the story of Connections will continue. She will be documenting this exhibition and hopes to have it tour to other venues in Canada before going back to Korea for an exhibition there.
Bohème Art Gallery is celebrating their one year anniversary with new art by gallery artists, an evening reception, and an introduction to Denyse Klette’s bronze series.
Visit the gallery Friday, December 7, 6:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. for an evening reception and Saturday, December 8, 11:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Reception: Saturday, December 1, 2PM
Art Placement is pleased to present the exhibition, About a Lake, showcasing the latest suite of landscape paintings and drawings by Clint Hunker. Since the age of 16, Hunker has painted and drawn the Saskatchewan landscape. Following in the footsteps of notable prairie artists like Reta Cowley and Augustus Kenderdine among others, he is a field painter who works predominantly on site with nature serving as both his inspiration and studio. His paintings, in the tradition of the great impressionist masters, are characterized by their focus on light, the subtleties of colour, and loose yet precisely placed brushstrokes. Quiet and contemplative, each painting is a meditation on solitude, silence, and beauty within the prairie landscape.
In this latest series of paintings, Hunker has focused his attention on lakes of the grasslands and prairie regions of the province, a subject often neglected, as he notes:
"Knowing a place is key to my working process for the present. In the past prairie lakes have been looked down upon as weedy or alkali, glorified sloughs, to be blocked, dammed, or shored up to contain precious water. They have none of the romance of northern lakes with their clear water and rocky shorelines. Watching a boulder bare itself as water recedes from May to October, boats and storms all have a beauty and poetry that demonstrates the rhythm of the seasons. These paintings are about this experience. They are not formal challenges only and are not simply emotionally driven but both, as much about the past as the present."
Clint Hunker was born in Saskatoon. He studied art at the University of Victoria, completing an MFA at the University of Saskatchewan where he has remained a lecturer in painting and drawing since 1987. His works have been presented in group and solo exhibitions in Western Canada since the late 1970s and can be found in private, corporate, and public collections at home and abroad.
Holiday Art Show and Sale at Collector’s Choice Art Gallery
Collector’s Choice Art Gallery is having a show and sale of art by gallery artists, on display until December 22, 2018. Come see brand new paintings and pieces by gallery artists brought out of storage. They have a range to suit everyone's taste and budget.
The Hand Wave Gallery presents Decade Delirium, a mixed media exhibition by gallery artists. Until December 21, the interior gallery will feature a themed exhibition exploring the influence of a particular decade, 20's, 30's, 40's, 50's, 60's….
Opening Reception: Friday, November 9, 7:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.
Artist Talk: Saturday, November 10, 2:00 p.m.
“Passages” is an exhibition of mixed media sculptures by Paula Cooley and Louisa Ferguson arising from their common interests in light, shadow, decay, and abstraction. They use the iconic form of a boat and its figurative significance to launch an exploration of passages and journeys through time and space.
Reception: Saturday, October 20, 2PM
Art Placement is delighted to present the exhibition, A Painted Diary, surveying more than three decades of Louise Cook’s landscape painting. Cook’s work debuted in Saskatoon at the Mendel Art Gallery in 1973 and she has exhibited with Art Placement since 1985. Contributing to Saskatchewan’s strong tradition of landscape painting, Cook’s unique vision of the ever-changing prairies and boreal forests of the province remains rooted in direct observation, capturing the essence of place as it is experienced firsthand. Throughout the decades, she has had the opportunity to paint numerous far-flung corners of Saskatchewan’s wilderness, while also returning regularly to a handful of favourite locales. As such, the exhibition offers both a snapshot of the diversity of the province’s terrain, as well as intense focus on familiar locations with careful attention to the subtleties of time and place.
Louise Cook is originally from the small northern community of Fir Ridge. Her paintings of the Saskatchewan landscape have been exhibited across Western Canada and can be found in numerous private, public, and corporate collections at home and abroad.
Exhibition starts on Friday, October 12, 2018.
OPENING RECEPTION is Friday, September 14 from 5 to 8 p.m.
Our fall exhibition schedule begins with not one but two shows. We are excited to be featuring new paintings from Linsdey Love and Erin Ross. The paintings are in the gallery and on the website. They are available for purchase now.
View Lindsey Love’s RETURN here.
View Erin Ross’ DREAMSCAPES here.
Reception: Saturday, September 8, 2PM
Art Placement is pleased to present this exhibition of Robert Christie’s most recent paintings and painted constructions. For nearly fifty years, Christie has steadfastly explored a range of possibilities within the arena of abstract painting. Throughout these five decades and continuing to this day, his studio remains a testing ground for visual experimentation and aesthetic exploration, with an unwavering and unifying interest in colour, surface, form, and composition. The diverse selection of recent works are at once minimal and complex; clean and modern with reduced forms and monochromatic colour, combined with surfaces that are intensely worked, richly layered, and luxuriously textured.
Robert Christie lives and works in Saskatoon, where he has contributed to the arts for fifty years as a writer, critic, curator, gallerist, and artist. He has exhibited locally, nationally, and internationally since the late 1960s and his work can be found in numerous private and public collections throughout Canada and abroad, including a recent acquisition by Remai Modern in 2017.
Reception & Artist Talk: Thursday, August 30, 7 – 9 pm
This body of work by Saidye Bronfman Award winner Kye-Yeon Son strikes a fine aesthetic balance between Korean subtlety and North American expressionism. Vessels and brooches made from fine steel wire meticulously welded together create forms and volumes inspired by the Nova Scotia landscape. Movement through direction, space, volume, and texture is mastered in Son's work, both sculptural and wearable.
Reception: Saturday, August 4th, 2PM
August 4 - September 6
40 Years in a single exhibition, showcasing the past and present of Saskatoon's most enduring commercial gallery. Featuring select works by notable gallery artists as well as special guest artists that are in some way woven into the gallery’s history.
Featuring works by Douglas Bentham, Robert Christie, Heather Cline, Louise Cook, Reta Cowley, Ruth Cuthand, Jordan Danchilla, Lorenzo Dupuis, Terry Fenton, Cameron Forbes, Jonathan Forrest, Kelly Goerzen, Lynne Graham, Gregory Hardy, Clint Hunker, Dorothy Knowles, Rodney Konopaki and Rhonda Neufeld, Steph Krawchuk, Sandra Ledingham, Ernest Lindner, Nancy Lowry, Thelma Pepper, Catherine Perehudoff, Rebecca Perehudoff, William Perehudoff, Alicia Popoff, Leslie Potter, Ian Rawlinson, Dawna Rose, Lorna Russell, Allen Sapp, Pat Service and guest artists David Alexander, Kristin Bjornerud, Clay Ellis, Marie Lannoo, Grant McConnell, and Otto Rogers.
Reception: Wednesday, July 24, 7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
The Saskatchewan Craft Council is pleased to present “Curio” — an exhibition of works from the private collections of Saskatchewan art collectors who have experienced the exciting energy of the longstanding Emma International Collaboration Auctions!
Every two years, artists from across the globe come to Emma to share in an experience of raw creation and open possibility. Artists at various stages of their careers are challenged to step outside their usual art practice, to explore medium, technique and subject matter through hands-on collaboration and exciting creative exchange. The result is intriguing one-of-a-kind pieces created by artists who may otherwise never work together. The very best pieces are then presented for auction on-site and in Saskatoon.
The exhibition “Curio” is a window into both the compelling world of art collection, as well as a tribute to past Emma collaborations and the many voices who have contributed to art and culture in Saskatchewan. Works featured in this exhibition include woodworking, blacksmithing, jewellery making, ceramics, furniture, printmaking, glass casting, and many other techniques and media. “Curio” was curated by SCC Exhibitions and Education Coordinators Stephanie Canning and Maia Stark.
Collaboration artworks are a time capsule of the enduring energy of Emma. They represent decades of community and creativity, and hold within them stories of the relationships fostered at this valuable and unique artistic experience.
Opening reception Thursday, June 28, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Not only do we have a wonderful collection of new art but an added surprise! Nouveau is very pleased to welcome Laureen Marchand, Bridget Aitken & Gerry Ruecker to our eclectic group of artists!
These new artists and many present artists will be in attendance so please drop by to meet them and view our wonderful new show.
Reception: To Be Announced
June 23 - August 2
Figurative art abounds throughout the art historical record, remaining central within the Western canon until at least the beginning of the twentieth century. Even today there are numerous artists working with the human form. In Saskatoon, a city with an artistic legacy largely defined by other genres and movements, a small but vital community of painters nevertheless continues to nurture the figurative tradition. Their work converses with historical precedents, contemporary developments, and the particular conditions and histories of the local context. The result is a unique snapshot of an enduring yet continuously evolving tradition.
Nouveau Gallery is pleased to announce there first encaustic show featuring new works by Anne Brochu-Lambert and Kathy Bradshaw. These talented artists both use encaustic in different ways and end up with totally different looks.
Artist Talk: Saturday, June 9, 2 pm
Reception: Saturday, June 9, 7 – 9 pm
Claude Morin’s fondest memories of his maternal grandfather are of being together on the land, a farm on the outskirts of French settlement Gravelbourg, Saskatchewan. Morin has vivid memories of meadow larks, considered a messenger by Morin’s Fransaskois ancestors. From these roots a love of nature grew to a love for science and then art. Morin’s medium of choice, clay, is due to the natural relationship between clay and the earth – the material comes from the earth and is changed through water, air, and fire, representing earth’s ancestral beginnings.
This exhibition tells the story of memories and current perspectives, as well as Morin’s desire to explore his own interconnection with nature. This spiritually focused exhibition is the result of Morin’s process towards making and relationships with others: rather than attempt to force the material to behave, Morin’s approach is to allow the contribution of changes, accidents, and natural expressions that occur. Morin states, “Gestures and accidents contribute to [the] composition. I must finally abandon the art to the caprices of fire. When the kiln is opened, the pieces slowly and subtly reveal their essence.” Morin feels this process allows the essence of the work and of the clay to reveal itself. In his art practice Morin desires to further understand his connection to nature and others.