Exhibitions and Events
Photography is flat and illusionistic; sculpture is concrete, occupying three-dimensional space. This exhibition proposes multiple relationships between these apparently antagonistic mediums, in six hybrid installations by Quebec artists Jocelyne Alloucherie, Patrick Altman, Guy Bourassa, Paul Lacerte, Alain Paiement and Sylvie Readman. The works were produced during a two-month summer workshop held at the Studios d'été de St-Jean-Port-Joli, which was also responsible for organizing and circulating the exhibition, with financial assistance from the Canada Council.
The 39th Annual Dalhousie Student, Staff, Faculty and Alumni Exhibition: The Year of Medicine and the Enivronment
The Gallery's annual celebration of the artistic talent of the university community, through an exhibition of paintings, drawings, prints, photographs, sculpture and crafts by Dalhousie student, staff, faculty and alumni. This year, the Gallery is helping to celebrate the Dalhousie University Faculty of Medicine's Year of Medicine and the Environment by asking members of the Dalhousie community to enter works which relate in some way to the theme of the environment.
This exhibition includes nine of Suzanne Gauthier's mixed media works made between 1987 and 1992. Crossing the boundaries of a variety of mediums and techniques, Gauthier draws her rich, allusive imagery from sources as wide-ranging as classical wall paintings, mediaeval sculpture, oriental mythology, modernist abstraction and current literary texts. Themes of loss and recovery, sexuality and death, memory and identity recur throughout these complex works.
The fifth in our series of front alcove exhibitions features printmaker Marlene MacCallum's small, precise drypoints and mezzotints of interiors. By contrasting deep shadows with luminous areas, MacCallum conveys a poetic preoccupation with surface, illusion, transience and isolation.
This sampling of the extraordinary range and inventiveness of this renowned Czech scenographer covers nearly 50 years of theatrical designs in the form of models, slides and photographs. From designs employing constructivist aesthetics, through experiments with new technologies, pure light, aerosols, mirrors and kinetic projection screens. Svoboda's art has inspired generations of scenographers in Europe and the Americas. This exhibition has been organized by the Dalhousie Art Gallery in collaboration with scenographer Peter Perina and the Dalhousie Theatre Department.
This fascinating, well-documented exhibition of British eighteenth-century prints and drawings has been selected from the Permanent Collection of the National Gallery of Canada. The artists draw on such diverse sources as Homer, the Bible, Dante, Chaucer, Shakespeare and Shelley for their images and themes, which highlight the Romanticist-Classicist dichotomy of the period.
Between 1816 and 1820, George Ramsay, ninth Earl of Dalhousie held the position of Lieutenant-Governor of Nova Scotia. During that time, he travelled around the province by boat, horseback, sleigh and on foot, often accompanied by his talented draughtsman, John E. Woolford. This exhibition includes a bound volume of 52 sketches of Nova Scotia completed by Woolford in 1818 plus seven ink washes and watercolours. All of this material was part of a large donation to Dalhousie University by William Inglis Morse.
The fourth in our periodic series of front alcove shows, designed to respond more immediately to work by local artists, this installation by Sylvie Stevenson draws on the teachings of the great 14th century Tibetan yogi, Milarepa, with regard to clothing, convention and spirituality.
(1) Contemporary Drawings
Vigorous brushwork, saturated colour and biomorphic imagery characterize this exhibition of 28 figurative paintings by Harlan Johnson, Alex Livingston and Leslie Saski, all of whom have strong connections to this region. Their individual approaches to the problem of reinvesting painting with "content" derive partly from personal biography and partly from literature, both fiction and non-fiction, relating to culture, myth and natural history. All three artists employ allegorical, metaphoric and emblematic devices and an eclectic range of images.