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Here & There Exhibition

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The Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba is thrilled to announce an upcoming exhibition entitled Here & There by Brandon-based artists Patricia Beech and Jean David. The exhibition will run from January 19th to March 18th, 2023.

Here & There presents the work of two self-taught local artists working in the realm of imaginary landscapes and idealized memories, reminiscent of Henri Rousseau and other so-called "naïve artists" of the early 20th century. Patricia Beech paints a vast Canadian frontier that is removed from the present, with structures and characters who hold a profound historicity. Those figures are, in turn, overpowered by momentary and potent natural phenomena-a sunset, a flood, a rainbow. Jean David's environments are, in contrast, decidedly not of the Canadian Prairies. His shores and waters are vibrant blue and his valleys and hills are abundantly floral. They are exaggerations that adorn a dream, and speak to a connection with something divine. Like nostalgia itself, Here & There fluctuates between the grief of physical distance and the ecstasy of a mystic presence.

Lucie Lederhendler, who curated the exhibition, says that she connected the artists' work almost immediately. "Even though you instantly notice how different their techniques are, what really comes through is the artists' imaginations. These paintings feel like a glimpse into their minds' eyes". She adds that while the artists are both Brandonites now, they took very different routes here, "This is one of thise times that curating feels a bit like alchemy — two people, who might never cross paths in their lives, who I was introduced to in totally different ways, both put this work out into the world, and now it's in an independent conversation".

The public is invited to an opening reception on Thursday, January 26th, at 7PM at the AGSM. Light refreshments and drinks will be served.

The AGSM would like to thank the Kayes Family Fund, City of Brandon, Manitoba Arts Council and Canada Council for the Arts for their sustained support of the gallery's programming.

For more information:

Monica Joshi

Gallery Services Coordinator

204-727-1036 ext. 111