Past Exhibitions

Keepsake: Micah Adams & Amanda McCavour

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With thread, Amanda deftly draws things around her in 1:1 scale: house plants, flowers, furniture, wallpaper, and tangles of rope and thread. As part of a practice of sketching and object-based enquiry, most of these retain a strong likeness to their sources, while others morph or accumulate into larger expressions and colour fields. In a series of lined paper drawings – delicate, full of empty space – each page unravels into loose mass of threads, becoming a three-dimensional form. Clusters of spirographic discs are transformed into a field of hanging blooms, whereas other textile “rounds” lose their floral association altogether, forming what the artist calls “neon clouds.” Working at this scale – and using the strategy of repetition to manifest larger forms – reveals the size and nature of the artist’s tools, which are also domestic in nature and scale. Often working with a standard sewing machine on water-soluble paper, she constructs and activates “the line,” while amassing thread into something much more substantial than we typically know it to be.

More often though, Micah sculpts by cutting. Working in miniature, and with found objects that he cuts into and cuts out of, he effectively alters coins, plates, bottles, and other ordinary “thrift store” or collectible finds. With precision and patience, he turns an image of the American Lincoln Memorial penny into a pair of tiny glasses, cutting out the voids between its iconic columns. Using the Italian San Marino coin as both a medium and inspiration, he creates a structure of joyful children. With a series of plates adorned with sentimental Norman Rockwell illustrations, Micah carefully removes the (cracking) pictorial layer to show what’s underneath: an American brick bond. With another plate, he cuts out an arched window. Glass beer and gin bottles, as well as a ceramic teapot, are also treated with the same brick pattern. A Zippo is transformed into a tiny chimney with its surface of bricks. Both the Rockwell images and bricks point to home – an adopted and perpetuated notion of the domestic that is familiar to those that live “on this side of the pond.” In this way, Micah participates in a kind of home-making that is different yet akin to Amanda’s remaking in thread the “things of everyday life.” - Text by Deborah Wang

The exhibition ran from May 10th - 30th 

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Keepsake: Micah Adams & Amanda McCavour

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With thread, Amanda deftly draws things around her in 1:1 scale: house plants, flowers, furniture, wallpaper, and tangles of rope and thread. As part of a practice of sketching and object-based enquiry, most of these retain a strong likeness to their sources, while others morph or accumulate into larger expressions and colour fields. In a series of lined paper drawings – delicate, full of empty space – each page unravels into loose mass of threads, becoming a three-dimensional form. Clusters of spirographic discs are transformed into a field of hanging blooms, whereas other textile “rounds” lose their floral association altogether, forming what the artist calls “neon clouds.” Working at this scale – and using the strategy of repetition to manifest larger forms – reveals the size and nature of the artist’s tools, which are also domestic in nature and scale. Often working with a standard sewing machine on water-soluble paper, she constructs and activates “the line,” while amassing thread into something much more substantial than we typically know it to be.

More often though, Micah sculpts by cutting. Working in miniature, and with found objects that he cuts into and cuts out of, he effectively alters coins, plates, bottles, and other ordinary “thrift store” or collectible finds. With precision and patience, he turns an image of the American Lincoln Memorial penny into a pair of tiny glasses, cutting out the voids between its iconic columns. Using the Italian San Marino coin as both a medium and inspiration, he creates a structure of joyful children. With a series of plates adorned with sentimental Norman Rockwell illustrations, Micah carefully removes the (cracking) pictorial layer to show what’s underneath: an American brick bond. With another plate, he cuts out an arched window. Glass beer and gin bottles, as well as a ceramic teapot, are also treated with the same brick pattern. A Zippo is transformed into a tiny chimney with its surface of bricks. Both the Rockwell images and bricks point to home – an adopted and perpetuated notion of the domestic that is familiar to those that live “on this side of the pond.” In this way, Micah participates in a kind of home-making that is different yet akin to Amanda’s remaking in thread the “things of everyday life.” - Text by Deborah Wang

The exhibition ran from May 10th - 30th 

Click here to read the exhibition catalogue 

Click here to view the work 

 

  

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Josée Desjardins: My Mother's Dress and My Father's Pipes

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Jeweller of the interstitial, Josée Desjardins explores the intimate connection between humans and their sociocultural and geographical environment. She casts her glance upon the empty spaces between the seen and the unseen, the present and the future, the body and the environment, in order to pick up the subtle poetry that settles there. Her new exhibition is based on the deconstruction and reconstruction of objects inherited from her family. The artist starts from the premise that the creative process has the power to transform reality past, present and future, and thus re-invent history:  "Freed from fetters and prohibitions, the beauty that this great story contains can finally be reclaimed here and now in a true alchemical process."  

 Josée Desjardins has been engaged in the art of contemporary jewelry for 35 years and has taught numerous generations of students. Born in Hull, she lives on the shores of the St. Lawrence River, in Rimouski, QC. Her Masters Degree in Psychosocial Practices focused on the issue of isolation within the creative process. Since 2016, her work has been part of the permanent exhibition at the new Pierre Lassonde Pavilion of the Musée des beaux-arts du Québec, and she has twice designed the medals for the Prix du Québec.  

Exhibition ran from April 19th - May 9th 2018

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Josée Desjardins: My Mother's Dress and My Father's Pipes

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Jeweller of the interstitial, Josée Desjardins explores the intimate connection between humans and their sociocultural and geographical environment. She casts her glance upon the empty spaces between the seen and the unseen, the present and the future, the body and the environment, in order to pick up the subtle poetry that settles there. Her new exhibition is based on the deconstruction and reconstruction of objects inherited from her family. The artist starts from the premise that the creative process has the power to transform reality past, present and future, and thus re-invent history:  "Freed from fetters and prohibitions, the beauty that this great story contains can finally be reclaimed here and now in a true alchemical process."  

 Josée Desjardins has been engaged in the art of contemporary jewelry for 35 years and has taught numerous generations of students. Born in Hull, she lives on the shores of the St. Lawrence River, in Rimouski, QC. Her Masters Degree in Psychosocial Practices focused on the issue of isolation within the creative process. Since 2016, her work has been part of the permanent exhibition at the new Pierre Lassonde Pavilion of the Musée des beaux-arts du Québec, and she has twice designed the medals for the Prix du Québec.  

Exhibition ran from April 19th - May 9th 2018

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Contemporary Art Jewellery: the 30th Canadian exhibition

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Contemporary Art Jewellery: the 30th Canadian exhibition 
New approaches in wearable art by recognized and emerging artists from across the country are presented in this long-established exhibition. The exhibition opens from 1 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, December 2.  Follow our website, Facebook and Instagram posts for the launch of the new jewellery series and collections as they arrive in the gallery. The exhibition will run until the end the month.

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Contemporary Art Jewellery: the 30th Canadian exhibition

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Contemporary Art Jewellery: the 30th Canadian exhibition 
New approaches in wearable art by recognized and emerging artists from across the country are presented in this long-established exhibition. The exhibition opens from 1 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, December 2.  Follow our website, Facebook and Instagram posts for the launch of the new jewellery series and collections as they arrive in the gallery. The exhibition will run until the end the month.

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Beneath the Tame

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Beneath the Tame                                                                                                        

A two person exhibition of sculpture by Mary Anne Barkhouse (AOCA, RCA) and Anna Williams, curated by Lisa A. Pai.   

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Beneath the Tame

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Beneath the Tame                                                                                                        

A two person exhibition of sculpture by Mary Anne Barkhouse (AOCA, RCA) and Anna Williams, curated by Lisa A. Pai.   

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14th National Jewellery Student Competition Exhibition

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14th National Jewellery Student Competition Exhibition

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