Each of the artists in this exhibition imagine new ways of seeing the world around them – whether it be in the landscape they currently call home or an evasive elsewhere that haunts their memory.”
– Crystal Mowry, Curator of “The Brain is wider than the Sky” (July 18)
If you’re out and about this weekend for Canada Day, keep in mind the extreme heat warning for Southern Ontario. Throughout the weekend, daytime highs are forecast to reach the low to mid thirties with humidex values into the mid forties.
My cats are definitely puddles right now.
Want to print a copy for your bulletin board or personal use? Here’s the 1-page PDF (269 KB).
Thursday, July 5: Artist Talk with Zachari Logan
7pm artist talk
Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery, 25 Caroline Street North, Waterloo
Then, Now and Next is a striking exhibition that shows off the incredible things that can be done with its featured materials. Zachari Logan is one of six artists presenting work in the exhibition, and works mainly with large-scale drawing, ceramics and installation practices. One of the pieces on display at the gallery is from his Root Series, featuring convincingly lively plants made out of clay, with roots of human hair. Beautiful Decay features some of his work that appears at the gallery, and explores how masculinity and queer identities feature in the artist’s work.
The artist talk is free and all are welcome. [theclayandglass.ca]
Sunday, July 15: Wonder
2-4pm opening reception
The Shops in Waterloo Town Square, 75 King Street South, Waterloo [map]
Photographer ManChoi Chow says that he “hopes to never lose the sense of wonder in his art making,” and this member exhibition features his work along with fine art photography, paintings and mosaic art by Sophie Drouin, Wendy Fletcher and Adrienne Zoe. [uptowngallerywaterloo.com]
Wednesday, July 18: The Brain is wider than the Sky
7pm opening reception
Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery, 101 Queen Street North, Kitchener [map]
Curated by KWAG’s senior curator, Crystal Mowry, this exhibition brings together artists from Waterloo Region and Wellington County, drawing inspiration from a poem of the same name penned by Emily Dickinson: “The Brain – is wider than the Sky – / For – put them side by side – / The one the other will contain / With ease – and You – beside”
The show includes: Tara Cooper’s abstract/travelogue installation work, Žana Kozomora’s contemplative lens-based works, Amanda Rhodenizer’s site-interrogative paintings, Hyang Cho’s paper works on correspondence and translation, Meg Harder folk-art-inspired epic narrative, and Aislinn Thomas’s crowdsourced eclipse story.
Opening on the same night, Final Girl is an exhibition from the permanent collection that will include Sheryl Boyle’s Looney Tunes, a ceramic piece that KWAG has been very excited to present to the community for the first time.
Friday, July 27: Close to Home
Button Factory Arts, 25 Regina Street South, Waterloo [map]
A collaborative clay installation, with photography by Joe Martz. Show runs until August 15. [buttonfactoryarts.ca]
Friday, July 27: Member Show
Art District Gallery, 185 King Street East, Kitchener [map]
The professional artist co-operative’s July show, featuring the fun, vibrant, colourful, unexpected and contemporary work of regional artists. Runs until September 6. [artdistrictgallery.org, more info available two weeks before start date.]
Various Dates, Of Containers and Firestarts
Watch for local artists exploring the exchange of ideas in this exhibition at and around the three Idea Exchange locations in Cambridge. The exhibition will appear in two parts, featuring participatory artist-led sessions throughout the summer, as well as a speculative photography show. [ideaexchange.org] The free July events include:
- Thursday, July 12, 6-8pm: Sofreh, Participatory Performance with Food, artist Abedar Kamgari invites participants to join together in sharing a meal
- Saturday, July 14, 12-2pm: Living Spirits, a talk with interactive elements from artist MyungSun Kim
- A series of walks on July 17 (Slow Walkers), July 19 (Fast Walkers) and July 21 (Snake Walk photography hike)
Waterloo Region Visual Arts News
Kitchener-Waterloo artist geetha thurairajah is a finalist in the annual 2018 RBC Canadian Painting Competition. Her painting, A complicated relationship with our past makes for better stories of a future, has a chance at the top prize being announced September 18: $25,000 and a residency for the artist at Banff Centre for the Arts. Read The Record’s piece, “Blurred Boundaries Win Attention” for more about the conceptual painter’s innovative work. (Also cool to note, Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery’s senior curator Crystal Mowry is on the panel of experts that are judging the entries this year.)
I’m trying to understand a place I’ve never known personally, to create a space that exists between family history and growing up in a suburb like Waterloo,” confides the 32-year-old artistic adventurer, who has never been to Sri Lanka [where her parents are from].
“Looking at the history of painting, it’s quite Eurocentric. As a woman of colour, I’m in a place where I’m constantly questioning art history and the potential for creating spaces never represented before.
Artist Alex Krajewski (Krajewski Gallery, Cambridge) took home the Toronto Riverdale ArtWalk’s people’s choice award in early June. The artist’s fascination with architecture comes through in his detailed “Urban Impressions” acrylics, watercolours, and fine art photography. Congrats! [krajewskigallery.com]
Downtown Kitchener businesses are questioning the $70,000 street mural announced by the Downtown Kitchener Business Improvement Area. The Record notes that the artist fee for the project is only $2,500.
Homer Watson House & Gallery is looking for volunteers to help on their Garden Clean Up Day on July 6 from 9:30 am to noon. (Later in the summer, they’ll also be looking for helpers on August 3 and September 7.) Includes general clean up consisting of pruning, weeding and tending to the historic gardens. Contact the gallery to register. [homerwatson.on.ca]
Homer Watson House & Gallery is also closed on July 2, July 15, July 29 and August 6. [homerwatson.on.ca]
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