Date - Thursday, May 4, 2017
7:00 pm-9:00 pm
Please join us for the opening reception launching our summer exhibitions – Phil Irish: mount pile, When We Were, Landmade, and Hiba Abdallah: Th’an.
Phil Irish: mount pile
Featuring the work of Phil Irish, mount pile examines one of our nation’s iconic geographies and landscape of extraction—the Canadian Rockies—depicted as simultaneously sublime and fractured in his site-specific installation that blends painting and sculpture.
When We Were
Featuring the work of four Guelph-based artists – Scott Abbott, Janette Hayhoe, Jessica Masters, and Kathleen Schmalz – who transpose traditional plein-air technique in contemporary practice informed by places both within and beyond the local landscape.
Bringing together historical and contemporary work from the Art Gallery of Guelph’s collections, Landmade explores the diverse ways the land has mediated the relationship of art and place. Addressing differing “lands” manifest in Canadian art and the deeply social dimensions of this representation, Landmade highlights how artistic expression plays a vital role in the making of landscapes as well as in our understanding of them.
Hiba Abdallah: Th’an
Fusing interests in social practice, design and language, Hiba Abdallah employs tactics of public intervention as a means to illuminate the marginalization of Arabic culture while bringing that culture into everyday experience with the goal of creating positive civic change.
The opening reception takes place on Thursday, May 4 at 7 pm. All welcome; free admission.