Current Exhibitions

Winter

Milkshakes and Gasoline
Jay Hanscom

The Great Hall
May 21, 2015 - September 6, 2015

Jay Hanscom, Loot, (detail), mixed media & resin on wood, 24" x 36" x 2", 2012.
Photo Credit: F. Sullivan

Jay Hanscom revisits childhood memories and fixations in his new work, Milkshakes and Gasoline. Borne of the love of Spaghetti (Classic) Westerns, B-movies, hot rods, ray guns and punk rock, the artist’s newest body of work explores masculinity and pop culture.

Combining nostalgia and rebelliousness Hanscom’s newest body of work is chock full of contradictions, contrasting loud and aggressive moments with delicate intricacy. In this contemporary blend of paintings, drawings and bold textual elements, Milkshakes and Gasoline negotiates the boyhood fascination with heroism and death and the frustrations of contemporary working class existence.

 

Spring

Shape and Form
Heinz Klassen and Ted Driediger

The Grotto
August 6, 2015 - October 4, 2015

Ted Driediger, Seven Bottles (detail), 2015, dimensions vary

Shape and Form brings together the works of longtime friends visual artist Heinz Klassen and ceramist Ted Driediger. While their materials vary, this exhibition presents works that find complementarity in line, form and subject matter. Drawing inspiration from nature, the artists present divergent approaches to how space is suggested and occupied.

Summer

The Conversation
David Newkirk

The Great Hall
May 21, 2015 - September 6, 2015

David Newkirk, The Juicetrain Dialogues, Engine #1, Ron, Pablo, Brice (detail) acrylic on canvas, 2013

The works in this exhibition were motivated by Newkirk’s desire to engage with a broad range of aesthetic models while affirming his own expressive point of view. These lively improvisations result from transformative negotiations between past and present cultures and the expressive needs, talents, and aspirations of the self. The vital, multi-layered visual and material situations that Newkirk constructs in these pieces reflect a deep desire to conjure, through complex means, a plastic equivalent to the competing theories, priorities, and coping strategies which engage us in this early part of the 21st Century.

Catalogue quote by essayist Ron Shuebrook, January 30, 2014, "History, Self, and Transformation: David Newkirk The Juicetrain Dialogues"

Fall

Drawing & Colouring: A Visual Diary
Heinz Klassen

The Great Hall
August 6, 2015 - October 4, 2015

Heinz Klassen, Manhattan, NY, Series (detail), 2013, watercolour and Ink, 4 x 6 in

Suites of small drawings, grouped in custom, frieze-like frames, capture Klassen’s explorations and reflections of the world around him. Circling the room, each sequence of drawings records the artist’s journey with his drawing kit, and acts as a visual diary of various places, experiences and observations in nature. Each individual drawing is a highly expressive of an encounter with a particular subject. When assembled, the immediacy of each discreet piece is transformed into an element of a narrative whole.