August 5 - September 5, 2010
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An exhibition of artworks on the theme of “the car”
Meet the artists on August 7th - from 3-5pm, refreshments will be served.
North American society has been in love with the automobile for decades now. In this exhibition, I asked the artists to set aside the negative aspects of this romance – greenhouse gasses, runaway consumption, etc – and have a look at why we love cars the way we do.
Cars don’t only represent personal freedom, they actually offer it. With a car, you can go wherever you want, whenever your want. And the car you drive – new or used - speaks volumes about who you are and what you value. I drive a light blue 1994 Toyota Camry with ample rust and over 500,000 kms on the odometer. It’s a fact that is about as revealing as if I had told you what I earn in a year.
Car aesthetics – especially from the exterior – figure large in this exhibition. Jeannine St-Amour and Michelle Landriault have chosen to explore the beauty of vintage or custom cars. One offers photographs of these vehicles in mint condition, while the other focuses on the effects on a car left to the elements. Cars in use have been captured in unusual ways by Richard Stanford and marie noël. Then there are other approaches to the theme, including mixed media paintings by Katrin Smith and a conceptual work about car names by marie-noël.
For more about the works in this show, please pick up a show pamphlet at the gallery. The show pamphlet continues with a paragraph by each artist. We hope you will enjoy their writing and their works.
-- Jessica Sarrazin, July 2010