Saturday, March 28, 2015

TONIGHT: Visions 2015: The Fabulous Fifties at 7PM!!!

The time has come for our annual fundraiser, auction & gala, Visions 2015: The Fabulous Fifties!

SOME tickets remain, and may be available at the door - contact the Gallery!









This year, our annual Auction & Fundraiser takes us back to the days of Sock-Hops and Malt Shops!


Pull out your poodle skirts and brylcreem - it’s time to bop on down to the sock hop and rock around the clock!


Visions 2015: Fabulous Fifties is the Grimsby Public Art Gallery's biggest fundraising event of the year; proceeds from the auction will support our educational programs and care of the art in the Permanent Collection. As always, there will be an exciting array of items up for auction - art, collectibles, gift certificates, floral arrangements and more! Regional artists will be lending their talents to the cause, as will the many generous individuals and businesses in our community.


Tickets are $35, contact the gallery to support the GPAG!



WHAT DOES THE EVENT SUPPORT?


Your generous contributions go towards our Education Programmes and care for the Grimsby Public Art Gallery's permanent collection.


WHAT TYPES OF THINGS ARE AVAILABLE AT THE AUCTION?!


Everything from original artwork, to collectibles, clothing, jewelry, food, drink and SO much more!

Friday, March 27, 2015

FREE Artists' Preview TONIGHT @7PM!

TONIGHT! Our Free Artist Preview kicks off our Fabulous Fifties Weekend!

Join us at 7pm and have the first look at original art, vintage items, and much much more!






SOME tickets remain for our Auction night, contact the Gallery to reserve or purchase yours!




Thursday, March 26, 2015

Our annual Auction & Fundraiser is just TWO days away!

OUR FABULOUS FIFTIES FUNDRAISER & AUCTION 
IS JUST TWO DAYS AWAY!
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Gather around the Jukebox March 28, for our Fabulous Fifties Auction & Fundraiser!

*LIMITED Tickets remain, contact the Gallery to reserve or purchase yours!






This year, our annual Auction & Fundraiser takes us back to the days of Sock-Hops and Malt Shops!


Pull out your poodle skirts and brylcreem - it’s time to bop on down to the sock hop and rock around the clock!


Visions 2015: Fabulous Fifties is the Grimsby Public Art Gallery's biggest fundraising event of the year; proceeds from the auction will support our educational programs and care of the art in the Permanent Collection. As always, there will be an exciting array of items up for auction - art, collectibles, gift certificates, floral arrangements and more! Regional artists will be lending their talents to the cause, as will the many generous individuals and businesses in our community.


Tickets are $35, contact the gallery to support the GPAG!



WHAT DOES THE EVENT SUPPORT?


Your generous contributions go towards our Education Programmes and care for the Grimsby Public Art Gallery's permanent collection.


WHAT TYPES OF THINGS ARE AVAILABLE AT THE AUCTION?!


Everything from original artwork, to collectibles, clothing, jewelry, food, drink and SO much more!






Original oil painting by artist Nola Gautreau!





Beautiful 1950's inspired apron, created by  GPAG's Director, Rhona Wenger!





And MUCH much more!



VINTAGE COLLECTIBLES & MUCH MUCH MORE!


SOME TICKETS REMAIN, 
CONTACT THE GALLERY TO PURCHASE, 

OR RESERVE YOURS!

(905) 945-3246
GPAG@GRIMSBY.CA

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Spring Courses & Workshops: Professional Development!

The Grimsby Public Art Gallery is proud to introduce a new Professional Development portion to our Programming. 


Check for classes and workshops like Life Drawing, Portfolio Development, Technical drawing, courses for Educators, and much much more!










Our mandate has always been to educate, nurture, inspire and stand with our Community.  

These classes and workshops are for the adult beginner, the student applying to post-secondary arts, an emerging artist looking to develop work, or the seasoned artist aiming to branch out.  

*Learn about our instructors below!




1.  DEPTH DECEPTION
WITH GEORGE WALE

Saturday, April 18, 2015
12pm-5pm
$50 Members/$60 Non-Members


Pure, modified, and cross contour line drawing skills are the foundations for building a variety of styles. Improve your ability to render depth and your general drawing techniques in this one day workshop. 






2.  'EN PLEIN AIR'
WITH JAN YATES S.C.A.


Wednesdays, May 6-June 7, 2015
6 Sessions
6pm-8pm

$65 Members/$75 Non-Members




Spring is coming and it’s time to paint in beautiful green fields with vineyard views!  Through 6 sessions, there will be lots of time to immerse yourself in making art. Painting outdoors improves your skills when working back in the studio. Learn about simplifying your pallet, working fast in the changing light, mark making/ brushwork and paint handling, as well as colour and value relationships. 

*Material list to be provided upon registration



3.  HOW TO APPLY FOR AN EXHIBITION
WITH GEORGE WALE

Saturday, May 23, 2015
2pm-4pm
1 Session
$50 Members/$60 Non-Members

Material List to be provided upon registration







ABOUT OUR INSTUCTORS:






JAN YATES, S.C.A.



Since moving back to Canada from California, Jan Yates has been elected as a member of the Society of Canadian Artists and her work is held in collections throughout North America, Ireland, Europe and Australia. She has been awarded several grants from the Ontario Arts Council, including an international travel grant in 2011. She has also  garnered recognition from selected juried exhibitions. In 2012,  Yates was awarded a residency from the Tyrone Guthrie Centre in Ireland. A second residency was awarded in 2014, to take place at 'the Booth' in Shetland, Scotland, in 2015. 

Above all else, the land informs the development of Yates’ work. For over a decade the artist has made paintings and constructions directly on rural land near her home on the Niagara Escarpment, a Unesco biosphere reserve. The process of creating on site is integral to Yates, cultivating an intimate dialogue with the earth’s growth, decay and renewal. These outdoor encounters are the catalysts for in-studio exploration, evolving into a cyclical body of work mapping a quest for preservation, while contemplating the consequence of change.

Jan Yates has been an influential figure in the regional art scene, contributing her time and ideas to many community endeavours. She has spent five years researching Greenbelt legislation in Southern Ontario and recently expanded her investigations to include rural communities outside of Canada. Yates continues to teach and her work is represented by the Jordan Art Gallery, of which she is a partner.




GEORGE WALE:


George Wale is an artist, educator and curator.  He studied visual art, philosophy (BA) and adult education (M.Ed). Currently George is teaching art workshops and courses for OntarioLearn, Mohawk College and art galleries in the region.  He is also developing a new body of artwork for exhibition. George was the Director of Programs at the Burlington Art Centre from 1997–2013. 






Monday, March 23, 2015

We're less than 7 days away from Visions 2015: The Fabulous Fifties; Auction & Fundraiser!

OUR FABULOUS FIFTIES FUNDRAISER & AUCTION IS LESS THAN 7 DAYS AWAY!

Join us as GPAG goes back to the 1950's!







This year, our annual Auction & Fundraiser takes us back to the days of Sock-Hops and Malt Shops!



Pull out your poodle skirts and brylcreem - it’s time to bop on down to the sock hop and rock around the clock!


Visions 2015: Fabulous Fifties is the Grimsby Public Art Gallery's biggest fundraising event of the year; proceeds from the auction will support our educational programs and care of the art in the Permanent Collection. As always, there will be an exciting array of items up for auction - art, collectibles, gift certificates, floral arrangements and more! Regional artists will be lending their talents to the cause, as will the many generous individuals and businesses in our community.


Tickets are $35, contact the gallery to support the GPAG!



WHAT DOES THE EVENT SUPPORT?


Your generous contributions go towards our Education Programmes and care for the Grimsby Public Art Gallery's permanent collection.



WHAT TYPES OF THINGS ARE AVAILABLE AT THE AUCTION?!

Everything from original artwork, to collectibles, clothing, jewelry, food, drink and SO much more!



BEAUTIFUL WINE, COURTESY OF VIENI ESTATES!






ORIGINAL 2015 ARTWORK!



                                Michelle Teitsma,
                                58' Coupe, 2015
                                Oil on canvas







VINTAGE COLLECTIBLES & MUCH MUCH MORE!




SOME TICKETS REMAIN, CONTACT THE GALLERY TO PURCHASE OR RESERVE YOURS!


Friday, March 20, 2015

Opportunity: Join the GPAG Advisory Board!





Town of Grimsby 
Citizen Appointments to Boards and Committees


The Council of the Town of Grimsby is seeking individuals interested in serving
on the following Boards and Committees to November 30, 2018.

Board/Committee Number of
Appointments 1
Grimsby Public Art Gallery Board 

Qualifications

1) Applicants must be qualified to be elected as a member of Council, must be 18
years of age, a Canadian citizen and a resident in the Municipality or the owner
or tenant of land, or spouse of such person.

Application forms for the above positions can be obtained from the office of the undersigned or found on our website at:

www.grimsby.ca

Deadline for a submission is 4:30 p.m., Friday, April 3, 2015

Hazel Soady-Easton
Town Clerk
(905) 309-2003
160 Livingston Avenue
Grimsby, Ontario
L3M 4G3

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

GPAG Professional Development: Depth Deceptiion with George Wale

GPAG PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

________________________________________________________________







The Grimsby Public Art Gallery is proud to introduce a new Professional Development portion to our Programming.  Check for classes and workshops like Life Drawing, Portfolio Development or "How to Apply for an Exhibition".

Our mandate has always been to educate, nurture, inspire and stand with our Community.  

These classes and workshops are for the adult beginner, the student applying to post-secondary arts, an emerging artist looking to develop work, or the seasoned artist aiming to branch out.



DEPTH DECEPTION
WITH GEORGE WALE

Saturday, April 16, 2015
12pm-5pm
$50 Members/$60 Non-Members


Pure, modified, and cross contour line drawing skills are the foundations for building a variety of styles. Improve your ability to render depth and your general drawing techniques in this one day workshop. 


ABOUT GEORGE WALE, B.A., M.Ed.




George Wale is an artist, educator and curator.  He studied visual art, philosophy (BA) and adult education (M.Ed). Currently George is teaching art workshops and courses for OntarioLearn, Mohawk College and art galleries in the region.  He is also developing a new body of artwork for exhibition. George was the Director of Programs at the Burlington Art Centre from 1997–2013. 





THIS FRIDAY! Art House Café Lecture Series: KARA JONGELING!

ART HOUSE CAFÉ LECTURE SERIES 2015


FRIDAY, MARCH 20, 2015
@7PM

(in the Library’s Periodical Reading Room)






KARA JONGELING 

THE ANIMALISTIC WORLD OF 
HIERONYMUS BOSCH’S GARDEN OF EARTHLY DELIGHTS


Kara will be exploring and explaining the strange world of Hieronymus Bosch's Garden of Earthly Delights, a triptych dated 1490-1510. 
Normally explained with religious context, this talk will focus on the animals and creatures within the artwork 
from a religious as well as an animal rights stance within the Medieval ages.


ABOUT KARA




Kara Jongeling is a 23 year-old Art History student in her final year at Brock University. Originally pursuing a career in Psychology, Kara fell in love with the Impressionist art movement and has been exploring the art world ever since. A huge supporter of the arts and local businesses, she regularly attends her hometown's Art Crawl for its art and music scene, dabbling in music herself. Kara has retained her great interest in Psychology and looks forward to mixing the two worlds together by pursuing post-graduate studies in Addictions Counselling and Art Therapy.


ADMISSION IS FREE!

RSVP to the Gallery to reserve a spot!

gpag@grimsby.ca
(905) 945-3246

Friday, March 13, 2015

LAST CHANCE! March Break 2015!



LAST CHANCE!  


Our March Break camp has filled up, and we have LIMITED spots remaining!

Spend the week with us and SAVE!






MARCH BREAK 2015


March 16-20, 2015


Single Class
members $18/ non-members $22

Whole Week: 
members $80/ non-members $96



Mini Maker Mornings
For ages 5 – 8 years
9:30am – 12:00 pm 

Children will learn important skills and work with a  variety of materials while exploring a new theme each day! Exciting projects will challenge and entertain students.  



Avid Artist Afternoons
For ages 8 –12 years
1:30 – 4:00 pm

Students will learn techniques such as  drawing, painting, sculpture and mixed media, while being taught about art and artists. Each day will cover new ideas, artists and skills.




Monday: Painting
Tuesday: Printmaking 
Wednesday: Clay 
Thursday: Collage & Book Arts  
Friday: Found Object Sculpture



Thursday, March 12, 2015

CALL FOR ARTISTS! Homes By De Santis

CALL FOR ARTISTS!


Homes By DeSantis (AquaBlu Condo Development Site)
Request for Proposal
Public Art Competition
CLOSING (STAGE 1): April 24th 2015 – 3:00 PM EST


















TERMS AND CONDITIONS:


1.STATEMENT OF NEED:

1.1 Homes By DeSantis is seeking proposals for the creation and installation of a public art sculpture at their new Condominium Development located in the Town of Grimsby, Ontario.
1.2 This is an exterior commission for a permanent public sculpture that will be located in the roundabout at the front entry of the condominium building.
1.3 The competition is open to emerging and professional artists, designers or teams.
1.4 That the one (1) sculpture captures the feeling of the building and surrounding lakefront community.

2. BACKGROUND INFORMATION:

2.1 Homes By DeSantis
Over the past five decades Homes by DeSantis, has built thousands of family homes in the Hamilton, Halton and Niagara regions. Today, son Gabriel DeSantis has continued to uphold the traditions of old world craftsmanship and new world thinking that to this day are the hallmarks of Homes by DeSantis. They have built thousands of detached, semi-detached, townhomes and condominium developments during their over 50 years in business.
2.2 Description of site Facilities: AquaBlu Condo
The AquaBlu Condo Development will include a 5-Story Mid Rise building consisting of 120 condominiums and 4 2-storey townhomes. It will be built on a site just off of the QEW in Grimsby, steps away from Lake Ontario. It is a very modern building design utilizing a combination of stucco, brick and blue glass. It has been designed to emulate the boutique hotels and condos in South Beach Miami. The colour scheme is a combination of grey, beige, white, blue and silver. Renderings of the proposed building have been included as reference see Figure A. Please note the sculpture in the image is just a place holder and should not be considered a directive.

2.3 Description of site Landscape

The statue platform/pad in the roundabout will be circular and approximately 2.4 Metres in Diameter. Construction material for the platform will be concrete.
The roundabout is located adjacent to the building entrance and should not result in complete visual obstruction for people entering the parking lot or proceeding through the roundabout. 
Plants chosen for this site although perennial for our region have a decidedly tropical feeling. The area around the platform/pad for the statue will specifically include:
'Luna Red' Luna Red Rose Mallow (latin Hibiscus moscheutos) 
Red Prince Weigela (latin Weigela florida)
Little Bluestem Grass (latin Andropogon scoparius/Schizachyrium scoparium) 
Adam's Needle Yucca (Yucca filamentosa)
These plants will fully encircle the statue and their full grown height should be considered when designing the statue. 
Full details regarding site landscape and statue location can be seen in the attached plan at Figure B 
2.4 Other Facilities in Proximity to the Area:
The Town of Grimsby is currently undergoing a major waterfront revitalization and will be enhancing the waterfront by adding bike/walking paths and new cobblestone beach. 

3. PUBLIC ART SPECIFICATIONS

Proponent(s) are encouraged to experiment with different themes. Designs must be durable, vandal proof (as possible), technically feasible, and weather-resistant. Special considerations must be given with respect to maintenance, security, and safety issues.
3.1

Design Requirements

• The integration of the piece into the aesthetics of the surrounding environment (ie its compatibility with the design and scale of the condo building)
• The design may be representational or abstract.
• The materials must be permanent and compatible with the materials of the AquaBlu Condo: stone (granite), metal, glass etc.. There is to be NO inclusion of ANY water feature whatsoever.
• Thought should be given regarding the effect of the wind and other elements specific to the lakeshore location. 
• Designs must be durable, vandal proof, technically feasible, and weather resistant
• The sculpture must not interfere with the operation and serviceability of the building, fire response vehicles and equipment;
• The sculpture must not cause areas of concealment for people to hide behind, or cause opportunity for access to restricted areas (i.e. do not build in such a manner as to allow climbing
• to areas not normally accessible to the public);
• The artist(s) / team must ensure that the sculpture does not pose a risk of injury to the public (i.e. sharp points, slip / fall hazard, etc.);
• The sculpture must meet fire codes with respect to flammability;

4. TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

4.1 The Process

This is a two-stage competition. A jury will review and select finalists from among the submissions received from all proponents. The jury will make a final selection based on the maquettes that are received from the finalists.
4.2 Submission Requirements:
Stage One- All Proponents
• The proponent(s)s contact information and biographical information, highlighting comparable projects.
• 5-8 photographs labelled with the name, title, dimensions of the comparable work, and the orientation of the image.
• A detailed description of the concept of the work (including materials/scale/ dimensions etc.)
• A detailed sketch of the proponent(s)'s design concept for the sculpture
• The names and contact information of two references.
• The projected time frame for the completion of the work.
• An estimated general budget for the project, outlining the proponent(s)'s commission fees.
• A declaration of any special considerations with respect to the submission(s)
4.3 Stage Two-Finalists Only:
• A maquette of the design that captures the essence of the final piece.
• A maintenance plan for the long term care of the work.
• A complete detailed budget for the project, including installation/lighting.
• A list of all of the artists/sub-contractors who may be involved in the execution of the project.
• References Names, addresses, phone and e-mail for two (2) references who can speak to your art practice, and interest and/or experience in community-based projects.

4.4 Selection Criteria

A jury composed of city officials and experts in the visual arts and representatives from Homes By DeSantis will be assembled to review proposals on the basis of:
• Quality and degree of interaction with the community
• Demonstrated experience
• Creativity of approach
• Accessibility to the general public
• Relevance to the site
• Consideration of the characteristics of the community
• The project's lasting impact in the community
• Maintenance and safety considerations.
• The feasibility of the project.

5. BUDGET:

5.1

The budget for the public art component of AquaBlu Condo is $35,000.00, and shall be inclusive of all costs including, but not limited to, the cost of materials, fabrication, delivery, installation, insurance, taxes, and artist’s commission fee.

5.2

Remuneration

The proponent(s) is/are asked to include their commission fee into their submitted budget for the work.
The selected finalists will be requested to submit more detailed information with respect to the project, as well as a maquette of their work. These finalists will be paid an honorarium of $500 for the development of these materials, and may be interviewed to provide additional information.

6. SUBMISSION OF PROPOSALS:

6.1 All submissions must be received in a sealed envelope clearly showing the RFP’s Name,
Number, Closing Date and the Company / Firm / Proponent’s name on the front of the envelope and returned to:
HOMES BY DESANTIS
461 Green Road 
Stoney Creek, ON
L8E5B4

6.2 Homes By DeSantis will NOT accept Proposals submitted by e-mail or facsimile.

6.3 Proponents must submit ONE (1) ORIGINAL AND five (5) IDENTICAL COPIES of their Proposal submission.

6.4 Submissions of all RFP’s are final. All documents submitted with respect to this RFP shall become the property of Homes By DeSantis and will not be returned to the Proponent.

10. PROJECT TIMELINE:
Deadline for Stage 1 Materials
All information must be received by Homes By DeSantis by April 8th 2015
Stage One Judging April 24th – April 30th 2015
Finalists Announced May 1st 2015 
May 1st – May 20th 2015 Finalists to prepare the Stage 2 requirements
May 21st – June 4th 2015 Jury meets to review finalist submissions and make selection.
June 10th 2015 Selected artist notified and contracted to produce and install art.
April 2, 2017 Deadline for final art piece to be installed (tbc)
11. CONFIDENTIALITY:
11.1 All information provided to, or created by the Proponents shall be considered confidential, until such time as it has been made public by Homes By DeSantis .
12. PROPOSAL CLOSING:
12.1 All Proposals must be submitted to Homes By DeSantis no later than the closing date of
April 24th 2015 @ 3:00p.m. – EST. Proposals received after the Closing Date will NOT be considered and will not be returned unopened to the Proponents. No extensions will be granted.

13. REQUESTS FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION, INSTRUCTIONS AND / OR CLARIFICATION:

13.1 All requests for additional information, clarifications or instructions concerning the RFP and the preparation of Proposals must be sent IN WRITING (facsimile or e-mail) and received by the individual named below no later than SEVEN (7) WORKING DAYS prior to the Stage 1 Closing Date.

Questions shall be 
submitted in writing to:

Serina Carbone
Sales & Marketing Manager

E-mail: Scarbone@homesbydesantis.com

Mailing Address:
461 Green Road 
Stoney Creek, ON
L8E5B4

13.2 It is the duty of the Proponent to take all appropriate measures to obtain all information and instructions required by it to make its Proposal(s) conform to the requirements of the RFP. No Proponent will be entitled to claim a lack of information or instructions to support or justify its Proposal(s) or to avoid any obligation, condition or Specification contained in the RFP or Proposal submission(s).

14. INFRINGEMENTS AND INDEMNIFICATION:

14.1 The Proponent shall indemnify and hold Homes By DeSantis harmless against any loss, damages, costs and expenses suffered by Homes By DeSantis in respect of any claim or proceeding being brought against it by any person alleging infringement of patent, copyright, trade secrets, design or trademark rights, and other intellectual property rights, or the disclosure of confidential information supplied by Homes By DeSantis to the Proponent, and / or Subcontractors.

15. COPYRIGHT:

15.1 The artist(s) / team guarantee that the sculpture proposed in their RFP submission is original, and does not violate the copyright of any other person or entity.

15.2 Copyright remains with the artist(s) / team.

15.3 The artist(s) / team must be prepared to assign the following rights to Homes By DeSantis :
• Right to photograph, reproduce, televise, or include the image on the Homes By DeSantis web site or in publications for non-commercial purposes.
• Right to make slides, digital files and photographs for Homes By DeSantis ’s documentation files.
• Right to display the photography of the sculpture in public, for non-commercial purposes.
15.4 The artist(s) / team must assign ownership of the sculpture to Homes By DeSantis . Homes by 


DeSantis will not alter the sculpture for purposes of maintenance, conservation, etc. without prior consultation with the artist(s) / team. Homes By DeSantis reserves the right to move or dismount the sculpture if necessary, and will make every effort to notify the artist(s) / team.



FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT:

Serina Carbone
Sales & Marketing Manager

Scarbone@homesbydesantis.com

Monday, March 09, 2015

Auction Preview Item! Oh My!!

Our FABULOUS Fifties Auction is less than 3 weeks away!

With special thanks to MANY sponsors and donors,
we have some beautiful items.


Bottles of wine from Vieni Estate!






Tickets are still available, contact the Gallery!

(905) 945-3246

gpag@grimsby.ca

Parallax Artist Talk: Re-Scheduled!

OUR PARALLAX ARTIST TALK HAS BEEN RE-SCHEDULED!

JOIN US *THURSDAY, MARCH 12 @1PM, FOR BOTH DUNCAN MACDONALD & ARNOLD MCBAY







Duncan MacDonald & Arnie McBay



The conceptual focus of our exhibition is based on a simple enculturation and naturalization process: 

A piece of broken glass washes upon a shoreline - originally (largely) sand, re-purposed as a utilitarian object, discarded; time, erosion and repetitive sandblasting return it to its natural form.

Parallax aims to explore this simple but complex self-reflexive set of material and active processes; form evolves over time; time is in itself materiality. Glass is the conceptual glue that holds this two-person show together. A translucent, almost invisible substance, glass is simultaneously something and nothing. Perspective, perception, phenomenology, and poetics collide in what we imagine to be a collection of artworks prompting viewers to re-consider the function and magic of the senses.

Thursday, March 05, 2015

Visions 2015: Our Annual Auction and Fundraiser is coming soon!

We're getting close to our BIGGEST event and fundraiser of the year, Visions 2015: The Fabulous Fifties!

If you like poodle skirts, bryl cream, or sock hops, join us as GPAG goes back to 1950!




Pull out your poodle skirts and bryl creme - it’s time to bop on down to the sock hop and rock around the clock!

Visions 2015: Fabulous Fifties is the Grimsby Public Art Gallery's biggest fundraising event of the year; proceeds from the auction will support our educational programs and care of the art in the Permanent Collection. As always, there will be an exciting array of items up for auction - art, collectables, gift certificates, floral arrangements and more! Regional artists will be lending their talents to the cause, as will the many generous individuals and businesses in our community.


Tickets are $35, contact the gallery for purchase!

gpag@grimsby.ca
(905) 945-3246

Monday, March 02, 2015

Parallax: Opening Reception

If you haven't had a chance to see Parallax, this two person exhibition will be up until March 22!

We were honoured to have the artists present for their opening, and if you missed it, not to worry!





On Tuesday, March 10, artist Duncan MacDonald of Parallax will talk about his work at 1pm in GPAG's studio!


























































Parallax surveys a collection of ongoing interests, experiments, and discussions between St. Catharines based artists Arnold McBay and Duncan MacDonald. 

In this exhibition, the artists excavate meaning fromwithin the precious and discarded moments of our existence, presenting the viewer with a series of questions surrounding permanence, ephemerality, and the senses. 

Existing as collective yet singular bodies of work, the artists ruminate on similar conceptual frameworks within a series of self-reflexive materials and artistic processes. The origin of sound is refracted through its own absence in MacDonald’s work, while challenging the viewer’s sensory experience. Sound is observed as both silent and physical, and through the mediums of video, sculpture, and installation, poetics, colonial history, and the perpetual cycle of destruction are recorded. 

Through a series of works that explore our attachment to objects, marks, gestures, and signs, fragments of found knowledge resurface as tangible forms in McBay’s practice. In this collection and documentation of found objects, traces of language, history, and personal archeology are both preserved and deconstructed. Within these works, poetryremains embedded in the surface of personal archives; revealing that time is in itself materiality. 

In its reference to perception, the notion of parallax recalls the precarious nature of collaboration, which often yields different observations and results. 

Emma German