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
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.
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.
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.
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: 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: 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.
Opening: Saturday, May 12th, 2PM
Exhibition runs: May 12 - June 21
Art Placement is pleased to present Reverie in Darkness, Jennifer Crane's first solo exhibition with the gallery. Crane is an artist based in Saskatoon whose work investigates the relationship between the body and the lens in both historical and contemporary photography. For two decades she has been exhibiting her work in solo and group exhibitions in galleries throughout Canada and in the United States, China, Colombia, Germany, and Eastern Europe.
Reverie in Darkness
The same century invented History and Photography - Roland Barthes
In conventional analogue photography it is light that creates the dark tones of an image. I often marvel at the many paradoxes of the photographic medium, in particular at how it communicates. The title of the exhibition refers to the experience of making photographs in darkrooms under red safe lights and the dark places that creative exploration can take you - following intuitive impulses while recognizing your failures. The word “photography” means drawing with light and the medium itself was invented in the 19th century through a series of chemical mishaps and trial and error. The title of the exhibition Reverie in Darkness also refers to Plato’s allegory of the cave -- referenced by Susan Sontag in her essay In Plato’s Cave -- that humans are like prisoners trapped in a cave understanding the world only through shadowy figures projected on the cave wall.
As a photographic artist I’m not interested in using my camera to document things in the world but rather to experiment and explore the gaps, both physical and metaphorical, that reside between perception and reality, fiction and actuality.
The exhibition presents selections from three bodies of my recent work: Outlaw (and other failed portraits) [2016-18], Dear Edward [2009-10], and Specter [2017-18]. Each body of work is distinct both in conceptual approach and process of making the images.
- Jennifer Crane, 2018
Reception: Saturday, March 31, 2pm
March 31 - May 10
Art Placement is pleased to present an exhibition of recent paintings and drawings by Saskatoon artists Dawna Rose and Betsy Rosenwald, whose varied works highlight a decidedly contemporary ambivalence toward the practice of image-making.
Each artist makes personal, idiosyncratic paintings that weave between figuration and abstraction, following a process that begins as a mark and proceeds as a considered series of responses and decisions. Both start with an intention and find themselves somewhere else more interesting and less defined than that beginning. Their approach to materials is equally respectful of tradition and experimentation, incorporating oil paint with drawing and water media, wax, collage, scraping, sanding, layering, and erasure. These pictorial strategies, application techniques, and use of varying degrees of abstraction obscure and often deny any straightforward reading of narrative. While subject and meaning may be merely inferred or hidden altogether, each work stands as a record of struggle with and commitment to the practice of painting.
Art Talk on Friday March 16th – Reception 7 to 10 p.m. – Talk at 7:30 p.m.
Commercial Gallery Owners and Artists will be speaking.
Admission is Free.
This exhibition features artists represented by The Gallery / Art Placement of Saskatoon and The Slate Fine Art Gallery of Regina.
Commercial galleries and artwork sales are important to sustaining the arts ecology in our time. Commercial galleries serve the public by providing access to artwork for private ownership and use in a home or business space. A commercial gallery serves the artist by presenting their artwork publicly. They nurture an audience and buyers for the artist’s work, helping to sustain an artist’s practice and building credibility for their art expression.
In the public Art Gallery of Swift Current exhibition titled “Art for Sale”, we examine two major Saskatchewan commercial galleries including The Gallery / Art Placement of Saskatoon – now celebrating its 40th year of service – and The Slate Fine Art Gallery of Regina, established only a few years ago. This exhibition will introduce us to the major artists, newly established artists, and emerging artists of Saskatchewan represented by these galleries. See fine artworks which are for sale and learn how to buy an artwork and why we should and also better appreciate the quality of fine artwork and professionalism offered by commercial galleries.
Please note the Gallery will be closed Wednesday afternoons due to the Minds in Motion program, from February 7 to March 28, 2018.
Reception: coffee and tea reception: Saturday, March 3rd, 2PM
With spring just around the corner, Art Placement is pleased to present a group exhibition of florals in a range of media including painting, drawing, and photography. Gallery artists and invited guests approach flowers from a variety of positions: as aesthetic subjects, as a jumping-off point for explorations into materials and abstraction, and as symbolic objects relating to themes of life, creativity, death, and renewal. Featuring works by Louise Cook, Reta Cowley, Dorothy Knowles, Joanne Lyons, Alicia Popoff, and Laura St. Pierre.
MICHEL BOUTIN - Afterglow
January 27 - February 22
Art Placement is pleased to host an exhibition of paintings by interdisciplinary artist Michel Boutin, presented by Regina's Sâkêwêwak Artist Collective as part of their annual Storyteller's Festival. Click the image to learn more.
The tradition of Western Landscape painting can be traced to late 17th century Britain. This "Age of Enlightenment" initiated science and rational thought as the governors of the "New Society." The Royal Society of London described nature as a machine and man as its engineer. Landscape paintings became a way for patron landowners to exhibit their dominion over land and nature.
During the romantic period of the 19th century the landscape became allegory. Early modernist painters began to utilize landscape painting as an armature for abstraction.
The works in this exhibition also utilize landscape as an armature for abstraction. Not of light but of place. Not of image but of essence.
Each work attempts to capture the essence of landscape painting overlaid with an echo of what has come before...of what could be again. They reference past, present and future simultaneously. Like a graffiti artist would mark a wall, or a cartographer a map, the skies become the ground for images left as trace, a sense of being beyond and without the human.
They are part of a series of works investigating the relationship between real and constructed ideas of time and place. They are meant to stimulate our subconscious understanding of the infinite as the afterglow of the finite.
Art Placement is pleased to present a group exhibition to finish off the year, including select works fresh from a variety of artist's studios, as well as some hidden treasures from the racks. Featuring new landscape paintings by Rebecca Perehudoff, a series of expressionistic abstract-figurative works by Leesa Streifler and introducing sculptural works in plaster and soapstone by Cecilia Cote.
Coffee reception: Saturday, December 2, 2:00pm