August 11 (Saturday) - November 24 (Saturday)
Abstracted paintings - glazes of paint and dry media manipulate the eye and mind. A reflection on the creation process relating to physical and imagined spaces. A refreshing paint
Abstracted paintings – glazes of paint and dry media manipulate the eye and mind. A reflection on the creation process relating to physical and imagined spaces.
A refreshing paint exhibition for the fall season, the Centre welcomes Janine Wheeler with her abstracted paintings. Glazes of paint on synthetic Yupo* paper, and multiple washes on panel and canvas, manipulate the eye and mind, creating reflections of physical and imagined spaces. Janine Wheeler’s process of creation becomes another tool and method of her painting aesthetic.
Creating bushy forms of paint emerge from and recede into the surface, nodding to a surreal world of imagined foliage-like masses. Smooth and painterly, yet leafy and textured, organic and yet conjured. Fluid glazes of paint are layered to achieve a meditative space, for both the eyes and mind to wander, rest, and contemplate. Truthful to both the creative process and the imagery it hints to, mirroring one’s own slippery and sublime connection with nature.
* Yupo is the 100% recyclable, waterproof, tree-free synthetic paper made from polypropylene pellets.
Janine Wheeler lives in rural Ontario. She received her BFA from OCADU in 2016, after completing her fine arts diploma from Georgian College, Barrie in 2014. Working predominantly within abstraction, her process-based studio practice is made up of oil and acrylic painting, photo transfers, and experimental video.
Wednesday, October 24 from 6 – 8 pm – all welcome. Light refreshments.
Ways of Seeing Guided Gallery Tours of (through) Thick & Thin with Curator Stephanie Nicolò
Wednesday, August 29: 1 – 2:30 pm
Wednesday, October 3: 6 – 7:30 pm
Janine Wheeler – Guest Artist at Summer Camp.
Below, our summer campers enjoyed an artist talk in the galleries with Janine, followed by a Yupo painting activity. As one camper exclaimed when the were the art-making process – “This is magic!”
October 6 (Saturday) - November 10 (Saturday)
Apparitions is an immersive mixed-media installation composed of The Bed, The Attic and The Writing Cabinet. An immersive mixed-media installation examining the idea of "designing for wonder" by exploring the mysterious nature of Britten’s
Apparitions is an immersive mixed-media installation composed of The Bed, The Attic and The Writing Cabinet. An immersive mixed-media installation examining the idea of “designing for wonder” by exploring the mysterious nature of Britten’s opera The Turn of the Screw. Apparitions is a long term inter-arts project and this exhibition will form its final iteration.
The Bed explores images conjured in the mind of the boy Miles, as he dreamed of toys, a carousel and Quint’s ghost. The viewer is positioned in Miles’ bed facing a large mirror. From there, they observe themselves immersed in nightmarish imagery that is video mapped onto their body. The Writing Cabinet immerses the spectator in an ephemeral space that layers multi-media in a re-purposed antique writing cabinet. Mechanisms are devised to allow the viewer to manipulate video projected onto a pop-up miniature landscape inside this cabinet of wonder. The Attic is envisioned to be experienced through a ceiling hatch leading to a ‘haunted’ attic. A collection of vintage child toys seized from his wards, Miles and Flora, create Quint’s own secret wunderkammer (cabinet of curiosities). The viewer accessed the attic via a ladder creating an immersive experience by revealing a magical video panorama.
Youth Art Workshop Opportunity
A creative opportunity for the youth of Aurora! A two-part workshop plus a mini exhibition opportunity, this workshop provides participants with an overview of Troy Hourie’s creative process as an artist. Students would be introduced to intermedia; the immersion of the body into an active interaction between space, visuals and technology and how this is achieved in Apparitions. Troy Hourie will guide students through his creative methods with a practical experience creating their own intermedial art project. For more details click here.
About the Artist
Troy Hourie is an installation artist and scenographer. Art Installations include: Escape to Beira, ARTErra Portugal, Apparitions Attic, Arteles Finland, and Static Apnea, Performance Arcade, NZ, Paracosms, Lee Contemporary Art. Art commissions: The Wisdom Tree, Glimmerglass Festival and Espreitar Tondela, Arterra, Tondela, Portugal. His work has been exhibited internationally, including Toronto, London, Prague, The Netherlands and New York. His artworks have been supported by Ontario Arts Council and Canada Arts Council grants. Scenographer for 300+ productions for various off-Broadway, regional and opera companies across the USA, Canada and internationally; including Glimmerglass Festival, The New Victory, New York Theatre Workshop, Cherry Lane Theatre, Brooklyn Academy of Music, The Guthrie and Classical Theatre of Harlem. Troy recently directed and designed the digital scenography for Philip Glass’ opera, The Fall of the House of Usher, Mannes, NYC. Teaching or guest artist at New York University, Juilliard, Cornell University, Duke University, Williams College and Dalhousie Universities Awards: AUDELCO Award and nominations for Helen Hayes Award, Joseph Jefferson Award, Henry Hewes Award, Drama Desk Award, International Opera Award, six AUDELCO nominations and Ford Foundation Artist Grant. Troy Hourie is on faculty at the University of Guelph. www.troyhourie.com
Troy Hourie would like to acknowledge funding support from the Ontario Arts Council, an agency of the Government of Ontario.