Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba: Drawn From Wood Exhibition, May 5 - July 2

Drawn From Wood

The Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba is pleased to announce the opening of a new exhibition, titled Drawn From Wood, which features artworks by Mary Anne Barkhouse, Gary Blundell, Brad Copping, and Victoria Ward. Curated by Heather Smith, the exhibition will be in the Main Gallery of the AGSM from Thursday, May 5th until July 2nd.

The four artists in this exhibition live in the boreal forest of Ontario, from whence they derived much of their inspiration. Smith, who is the former curator of the Moose Jaw Art Gallery and Museum in Alberta, invited them to her new home in a sugarbush in the Carolinian forest of Ontario in order to witness the process of turning maple sap into maple syrup. Less nationalism than homage, this exhibition aims to give AGSM visitors a sweet perspective on the slow boil, evaporation, and condensation process. The work ranges in media forom hot worked glass to birch bark, and weaves the artistic experience of maple syrup making with the materials traditionally found in manufacturing to tease the chemistry of the process as less lab-made and more creative.

Guest curator Heather Smith points to the rich history of the cutting down of trees in Canada as the start of the industrial revolution in both Canada and Britain. Syrup production was ramped up and nationalized during wartime. Barkhouse, whos recent AGSM exhibition opimihaw came to a close on April 9th, has a sculptural installation in textile and ceramic inspired by a hummingbird coming to her window. While Blundell draws inspiration from his work as a geologist focusing on the edges of things, Copping's installations are primarily glass-based. Finally, Ward creates a dramatic set of paintings to emphasize the concealed nature of the maple syrup making process.

AGSM Executive Director Deirdre Chisholm, who has been watching the development of this exhibition since its conception, expects that visitors will find a lot to relate to. "The artists have responded to more than a food product - it's about passion, renewal, and change, which I think everyone will relate to", she says. "Visitors will enjoy time spent in the company of these artworks - spring on the Prairies is about the return of the expansive light. Warming and healing".

The opening reception will be held in-person on Thursday, May 5th at 7 PM. The following day, Friday, May 6th at 1PM, the public will have the chance to meet the artists in a virtual Lunch and Look, where AGSM Curator Lucie Lederhendler will lead a tour and moderate an open conversation. The AGSM would like to thank the City of Brandon, Manitoba Arts Council and Canada Council for the Arts for their continued support of the gallery's exhibitions and programming.

For more info contact:

Monica Joshi

Gallery Services Coordinator

204-727-1036 x 111