ALLERS-RETOURS (Back and Forth)
There are many forms of “back and forth”. Whether it’s traveling through time, exploring landscapes, the play between night and day, returning to origins, or the simple back and forth of conversation, each artist in the GNO’s 2016-2017 Season presents us the fruit of their travels, the result of their “back and forth”.
Aside from thematic considerations, the idea of back-and-forth fits with the kind of project the GNO chooses to coordinate. Since its 20th anniversary in 2015-2016, the GNO encourages artists to make a series of prospecting and creative trips leading up to their exhibitions. As a consequence, the projects presented at the GNO are often created in reaction to the particularities of the local landscape.
August 11 to September 24, 2016
Artist Philippe Blanchard seeks to restore animation’s fundamentally marvellous and magical nature. Bridging the distant past with the future, Nouveaux Troglodytes will transform the gallery into an animated psychedelic space with stalagmites and stalactites that are lit with strobe lights and projectors.
SE FAIRE AVOIR COMME UN BLEU (Hook, Line and Sinker)
October 7 to November 5, 2016
Through his art, Sasha Phipps explores and reinterprets so-called “vernacular” cultures. At the GNO, he intends to stage an installation inspired by the lakeside landscapes of Ramsey Lake. Parts of the installation will be covered with original, regionally specific camouflage patterns made from photos of the local landscape.
LE NOUVEAU LOUVRE
November 19 to December 23, 2016
Year in and year out, we are stunned by the quality of the work submitted to the Nouveau Louvre. A hallmark of the Holiday season in Sudbury, this yearly art sale cannot be missed. Each piece at the Nouveau Louvre, representing a wide range of mediums and genres, is sold at the remarkable price of 200$.
OUT OF THIS LIGHT, INTO THIS SHADOW
February 10 to March 8, 2017
Via the techniques of collage and assemblage, Juan Ortiz-Apuy explores the concept of Junkspace, which advances the notion of junk food to the whole of our built environment. The resulting animated sculptural landscape sets the stage for absurd “characters” that refer to past art histories and design languages.
JENNA DAWN MACLELLAN
March 17 to May 5, 2017
Through semiautobiographical storytelling, jenna dawn maclellan’s project will address the challenges of daily life in the North, which she discovered upon her own return to Ontario. Each piece will illustrate the playful survival strategies that she has developed to defend against the four seasons.
CONSTELLATED __________ TALK
TANYA LUKIN LINKLATER, DARLENE NAPONSE, DEANNA NEBENIONQUIT
June 2 to 30, 2017
This collaborative project will take shape through a series of conversations between and with Tanya Lukin Linklater, Darlene Naponse, and Deanna Nebenionquit. Among other topics, they will explore what it means to be “in the field” as Indigenous artists in Northern Ontario, and how to expand Indigenous conceptual space at the institutional level.