Fredericton, NB, September 11, 2017 — As the Beaverbrook Art Gallery moves closer to the opening of its new pavilion on the weekend of October 14 and 15, activity continues in the existing facility. Two new exhibitions, each a major retrospective of a Canadian artist, will open this month and be on view until January. On September 23, 2017 at 5 pm, the public is cordially invited to the official opening celebration of the exhibitions Marlene Creates: Places, Paths, and Pauses and Oscar Cahén. As they enter the Gallery, visitors will encounter Marlene Creates: Places, Paths, and Pauses.
Curated by Susan Gibson Garvey and Andrea Kunard, this extensive exhibition fills the Canadian, Marion McCain, Harriet Irving, and Orientation Galleries, and looks back over nearly four decades of work. Leading Newfoundland-based environmental artist and poet Marlene Creates has exhibited her work in more than 350 solo and group exhibitions across Canada and around the world. Over the years, Creates has engaged with the landscape around her, exploring the idea of place as a layered process involving memory, experiences, narratives and knowledge. Photography is central to her artistic practice, although her diverse activities also include mixed-media assemblage, video, sound, and, more recently, poetry and performance.
For this exhibition, curators Susan Gibson Garvey (independent curator; former Director/Curator, Dalhousie Art Gallery) and Andrea Kunard (Associate Curator of Photography, National Gallery of Canada), have brought together over sixty works from across the country. These have been borrowed from important public collections, including from the National Gallery of Canada, and from the artist herself, inviting visitors to explore her work in depth. “Throughout her career, Creates has sensitively probed the relationship between human experience and the natural world, choosing a path that privileges the act over the artifact, the moment over the monument,” say Garvey and Kunard.
“Creates leads us with an environmental and cultural consciousness to a greater understanding of the natural world and our ‘places’ in it. The comprehensive and immersive experience of the exhibition provides a rare opportunity to explore the range of her practice, and to locate it within larger critical, cultural and ecological contexts.” The Beaverbrook Art Gallery will be the first stop for this touring exhibition; following its presentation in Fredericton, it will embark on a two-year cross-Canada tour that will include galleries in Halifax, Charlottetown, Ottawa, and St. John’s. Organized by the Beaverbrook Art Gallery in partnership with Dalhousie Art Gallery, Halifax, the exhibition is presented with the support of the Museums Assistance Program (MAP) of the Department of Canadian Heritage, the Canada Council for the Arts, the Harriet Irving Endowment, theBeaverbrookArtGallery_Invitiation_September23Opening(1)
The Virtual Walk of the Boreal Poetry Garden, site specific video poems, performed and written by Marlene Creates and filmed/produced by Liz Zetlin is in Marlene Creates’ retrospective It’s in 2 forms — on an interactive touch screen with headphones and a wall projection. River of Rain, another collaboration, is in the Fogo Island Gallery as a stand-alone video on a flat screen monitor, running continuously.
Also, Spots of Memory, edited by Zetlin, is in the retrospective, with a huge memory map drawing (4 feet x 5 feet) beside the flat screen monitor, indicating the 243 “spots”.