Event Details
June 12, 2017 - June 24, 2017
Anna Leonowens Exhibitions & Openings
Anna Leonowens Gallery
Artists' Talks and Presentations

Anna Leonowens Gallery opens at 5:30pm with exhibition receptions for visiting artists Beth Stuart, Brendan Fernandes and the LandMarks project. Everyone is welcome!

June 13 - 24, 2017
Opening Receptions: Monday 12 June, 5:30 - 7PM

Gallery 1
An interlude, or, intelligent tan
Beth Stuart, visiting artist

An Interlude, or, intelligent tan, suggests the gallery as a space of psychic experimentation. Using the sculpture Proposal for a Viewing Apparatus (2014) as an imaginary lens through which to conjure and distort, the artist will work in the gallery over the course of the exhibition, using raw clay and Venetian plaster on the walls to develop figures and images of imaginary pasts and more hopeful futures. She will also make herself available for impromptu tarot readings, consultations on spiritual well-being from a secular skeptic, and general solidarity in questionable times.

Beth Stuart received her MFA in 2009 from the University of Guelph. In 2010, Stuart was shortlisted for the RBC Canadian Painting Competition; she received one of two honourable mentions in 2011. Her work has been featured in solo exhibitions at Latcham Gallery (Stouffville), La Centrale Galerie Powerhouse and Battat Contemporary (both in Montreal). Currently, her work may also be seen in The Painting Project, Galerie UQUAM, Montreal. Stuart lives and works in Hamilton.

Gallery 2
Move In Place
Brendan Fernandes, visiting artist

Move in Place is a series of digital, photographic collages produced in collaboration with the Agnes Etherington Art Gallery, Queens University, Kingston, ON. Images and 3D scans of objects from the Seattle Art Museum African collection and The Justin and Elisabeth Lang Collection of African Art at the Agnes were unfolded, digitally cut, reassembled and juxtaposed with body parts of ballet dancers. The African art objects, which represent the accoutrements of West African masquerade, form new hybrids with the gestures of Classical French ballet. Combining these two languages against the backdrop of an ambiguous and archival digital space, Move in Place raises questions about the visual and discursive habits that shape understandings of African art within Western museums.

Bio: Brendan Fernandes is a Canadian artist of Kenyan and Indian descent. He completed the Independent Study Program of the Whitney Museum of American Art (2007) and earned his MFA (2005) from the University of Western Ontario and his BFA (2002) from York University in Canada. He has exhibited internationally and nationally including exhibitions at the Soloman R. Guggenheim Museum, MoMA, the Museum of Art and Design New York, Art in General, the Musee d'art contemporary de Montreal, The National Gallery of Canada, the Brooklyn Museum, Mass MoCA, Deutsche Guggenheim and the Western New York Biennial through The Albright-Knox Art Gallery.

Fernandes was a finalist for the Sobey Art Award, Canada's pre-eminent award for contemporary art in 2010, and was on the longlist for the award in 2013 and 2015. He was a 2014 recipient of a Robert Rauschenberg Residency and Fellowship. A national Canadian tour of his work recently concluded with the publication of an artist monograph, Brendan Fernandes: Still Move produced by Black Dog Press in London, which will be launched June 21st at 6pm at the Anna Leonowens' Art Bar +Projects!

Gallery 3
LandMarks: Art+ Places+ Perspectives, group exhibition
Kim Morgan and Steve Higgins, faculty organizers

LandMarks is a network of collaborative, contemporary art projects across Canada’s national parks on the 150th anniversary of Canadian Confederation. Under the umbrella of the LandMarks project, students in this studio course have spent the semester exploring our complex relationship to the local landscape from many perspectives. Their multidisciplinary works aim to foster a dialogue about our collective histories and shared futures. Additional installations in Halifax's Point Pleasant Park are exhibited concurrent to the works within the gallery.

For additional information:
Kate Walchuk