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52nd Annual Student, Staff, Faculty and
Alumni Exhibition

2 to 18 December
Opening Reception Thursday, 1 December at 8 pm

Our annual celebration of the creativity of students, staff, faculty and alumni of Dalhousie and King's College, in painting, graphic art, photography, mixed media, video, sculpture and crafts.


Just My Imagination

14 October to 23 November
Curators guided tour Thursday, 13 October at 7 pm
Opening reception to follow at 8 pm

Organized by Museum London and the MMB Collective, and curated by David Merritt and Kim Moodie, Just My Imagination presents recent work in the expanded field of contemporary drawing in Canada. Few of the fourteen participating artists restrict themselves to drawing’s traditional means. In a world where psychic, social and material processes are intimately entwined, their practices extend into textile, sculpture, digital and mixed media, or provocatively cross disciplines to produce new visual compounds. The resulting works (by Stephen Andrews, Sheila Butler, Lucie Chan, Cathy Daley, Raphaëlle de Groot, Michelle Gay, Luanne Martineau, Jason McLean, Alison Norlen, Ed Pien, John Scott, Candice Tarnowski, David Tomas and Anna Torma) show a mobile and transformative imagination at play — by turns intriguing, unsettling, seductive and grotesque.

Feindel: Scan

19 August to 2 October
Opening Reception Thursday, 18 August at 8 pm

Through paintings, videos, bookworks and mixed-media installations, Nova Scotian artist Susan Feindel continues her investigations into remote sensing in marine and medical environments. The works in Scan are prompted by the artist’s ecological concerns for the fragile structures of marine life off the Scotian Shelf, and the complexities of the human presence there; however, curator Susan Gibson Garvey comments that what most interests her is “how the sensuous and tactile nature of the work itself acts as a counterpart to its clinical and scientific sources, creating a poetic tension between what is known, what is sensed, and what is impossible to know.”



States of Being
Works by contemporary Canadian women selected from the permanent collection

By their titles, their imagery or their physical presentation, these works suggest a variety of emotional or metaphysical states of being. Ranging widely in style and content, from Susan Scott’s huge painted homage to the poet Rimbaud As for me, I still have you here and Michele Drouin’s stunning abstract La poète frappe à la porte to delicate works on paper by Nancy Stevens and Christine Ross (Memory Places and Meditations), each work suggests overt or subtle conditions of desire and sublimation. Selected from the permanent collection by Susan Gibson Garvey, the works have all been acquired within the past 15 years.


About 1789
Etchings by Tony Scherman

Quirky, iconic images of shoes, flowers, animals, severed heads and slices of pie embody the artist’s personal interpretation of violent historical periods, such as the Reign of Terror in revolutionary France. This group of twelve etchings by contemporary Toronto-based artist Tony Scherman demonstrate his skillful use of intaglio processes. It has been researched and selected from the Gallery’s permanent collection by Eliza Chandler.

Likeness: Portraits of Artists by
Other Artists

29 May to 31 July
Opening Reception Friday, 27 May at 8 pm

Curator Matthew Higgs brings together an international cast of artists (including Roy Arden, AA Bronson, Heather Cantrell, Chuck Close, Nan Goldin, Robert Mapplethorpe, and Richard Prince) who have made portraits of other artists (such as Louise Bourgeois, David Hockney, Mary Kelly, Felix Partz, Dieter Roth, Cindy Sherman, Andy Warhol and many more) in a variety of media, offering the viewer an intimate look inside a usually private and privileged milieu. Likeness investigates the various ways that artists have questioned and reimagined what exactly constitutes a "portrait"; it is the first contemporary exhibition in this genre where both the portrayers and the portrayed share a similar defined social role.

The exhibition Likeness: Portraits of Artists by Other Artists is co-organized by CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco, and Independent Curators International (ICI), New York, and circulated by ICI. The guest curator is Matthew Higgs. The exhibition and tour are made possible, in part, by an in-kind donation from Philips Electronics North America.









Anna Torma
Draw me a monster: Bestiary III 2004
hand embroidery on linen with silk threads
collection of the artist


Susan Feindel
video still from Coral in Hand, 2002
image courtesy of the artist


Nancy Stevens
Memory Place #2, 2000
coloured pencil and graphite on paper
Gift of the artist, 2004

Elizabeth Peyton
David Hockney, 1997
watercolour on paper
17.8 x 26.7 cm
Collection of Nancy and Joel Portnoy
image courtesy of ICI



Alex Livingston: Paintings 1985-2005

11 March to 15 May
Opening: Thursday, 10 March at 8 pm

This mid-career survey exhibition spans 20 years of work by Halifax-based painter Alex Livingston, from his early colourful expressionist imagery, through biomorphic figuration to his recent abstractions of land and water forms. Throughout his career, Livingston's work has oscillated between representation and abstraction, between the single iconic image and an overall dance of of image and gesture, and between small, intimate work and oversize canvases. In her catalogue essay, curator Susan Gibson Garvey examines his painting investigations and experiments, teasing out the many threads of his oeuvre in order to make sense of the parts as facets of a rich and consistent whole. The exhibition has received support from the NS Department of Tourism and Culture and the Canada Council for the Arts.



Alex Livingston
Heartland, 1995
oil on canvas
183.0 x 152.4 cm
image courtesy of the artist

Jérôme Fortin: ici et là / here and there

14 January to 27 February
Opening Reception Thursday, 13 January at 8 pm

Joliette native Jérôme Fortin's meticulous wall assemblages of recycled materials (such as plastic bottles, telephone wire, matchboxes, clothes pins and bottle caps) surprise the viewer with the unexpected beauty of the familiar. In an elegant fusion of ecological and aesthetic consciousness, Fortin collects the mass-produced jetsam of consumer society and patiently transforms it into minutely crafted compositions - rosettes, diamonds and circular forms - that owe a debt to the Quebec plasticiens, as well as to Dadaism, Arte Povera, and even to museology (Fortin's table assemblages act like small cabinets of curiosity). Curated by France Gascon, this exhibition and tour is organized by the Musée d'art de Joliette, with financial support from The Canada Council for the Arts and Heritage Canada.



Jérôme Fortin
New York, 2001
mixed media, 180 x 90 x 160 cm
collection of the artist

Robert Bean: Lapsus

14 January to 27 February
Opening Reception Thursday, 13 January at 8 pm

What remains after the business meeting, to be swept away into the wastebasket? Twisted paper clips, the odd note, doodles. For a number of years, photographer Robert Bean has been collecting small lost or forgotten objects such as these (partial lists on scraps of paper, a creased photograph, the detritus of the office and the street). For his series Lapsus , Bean has photographed a selection of these tiny, ephemeral items. Massively enlarged and carefully framed, each once forlorn item adopts an iconic presence, gesturing from the wall with newfound authority and speaking cryptically about the human activity of which it is the residue



Robert Bean
Lapsus, 2002-04
chromogenic print, 61.0 x 50.8 cm
collection of the artist

Snow Shoveling

14 January to 27 February
Opening Reception Thursday, 13 January at 8 pm

This three-part video installation by Hannah Jickling and Valerie Salez raises the quintessentially Canadian act of snow shoveling to new heights. Playful, bizarre, and occasionally simply beautiful, these performative actions by Jickling and Salez were made in Halfax and Dawson city (where the pair recently completed an artists' residency). The actions range in style from pleasing patterning, through social intervention to humorous vaudeville; in each instance the artists find something to value about the white stuff that most of us simply want to shovel away.

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video still
Hannah Jickling and Valerie Salez
from Snow Shoveling, 2003




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