On January 5th LANTERN opens 2018 with two brilliant artists whose aesthetic is stark, crisp and fully realized. Having wanted to work with both Sylvia Matas and Caroline Monnet for years this opportunity to exhibit them together for Twin Poems is both fortuitous and synchronistic. Their work pairs beautifully together. LANTERN will be exhibiting ten new Sylvia Matas graphite drawings and six new wood panels by Caroline Monnet. Both artists are also be presenting videos. Behind the sun (S. Matas) is a mysterious, looping narrative about an automobile breakdown on a country road. Forbidden to Swim (C. Monnet) features a kaleidoscopic collage of opulent church domed ceilings paired with a sparse voice over attesting to water contamination on First Nations communities.
Monnet’s laser cut wood reliefs are are laser etched and burnt black with an ingenious use of tech and design. There is a wonderful tactility and delicate balance between the high art modernist design, precise laser cut lines, and the natural, familiar wood grain surface.
Matas’s works are haunting, elusive meditations -“We experience time in a linear fashion, but it is often described by science and mythology as being cyclical or synchronous. As with many things, the way we perceive time through the filter of being human, might not be accurate or the best description. ” -S. Matas.
Her graphite duplicates about time and human dwellings are folded in the middle to mimic the centre pages of a sketchbook, then carefully and expertly framed to keep that intimate shape.
Caroline Monnet & Sylvia Matas: Twin Poems will be running for the month of January only.
Night, Streets, The Lantern
The meaningless and dusky light.
A quarter of the century more -
All fall the same into your sight!
You died - as it was before -
You have the former way to start:
The streets, the lantern, the drugstore,
Swell of the canal in the night. Aleksandr Blok
Summer is over. Back to School. Stack your cords beside the house. Hold each other close and raise your children around the fire. Hoist up the storm windows, and rake up the leaves. It is time for nature to get back to us. Walking backwards across the bridges, it is time to get back to the practice. Put our shoulders against the wind, and do what we do best.
For Night, Streets, The Lantern I have selected work from artists that to me, sum up the experience of this city in this season; the exhilaration at change, dread of the impending cold, and the honing of ones craft to buttress against these forces
place no place
presented by Wall-to-Wall
curated by Niki Little
featuring Scott Benesiinaabandan | Katherine Boyer | Kite
7-10 pm: Opening reception: Friday, September 29, 2017
8 pm: Opening remarks followed by a performance by Kite
LANTERN partnered with Wall-to-Wall to host curator Niki Little for an exhibition Sept 29th, 30th to correspond with Culture Days, and Nuit blanche events across the city.
Narrative revision influence the designation of cultural sites/landmarks and the politics of remembering and forgetting shift the legacy of histories. place no place investigates Indigenous narrative that is either directly or indirectly referenced in relation to place. The works of Benesiinaabandan, Boyer, and Kite pendulate between the temporal and the historical through personal narrative, performance, and archival investigation that challenge and rework notions of authentic authority. It is a making and an unmaking. The works are not finished statements, but create an open space to question dominant narratives.
LANTERN representing as the sole Manitoban gallery at Art Now in Regina.
Simon Hughes is a visual artist based in Winnipeg, Manitoba. He is a graduate of the U of M Fine Arts program in 1996 and later, the Masters degree program at the University of California, Irvine, in 2010. His practice encompasses drawing, painting, video, and public art works. His art has been exhibited in galleries, museums, film festivals, and other venues. Hughes has had solo exhibitions with Division Gallery in Montreal and Toronto, and with Julie Saul Gallery in New York. Over the last two years he has also participated in multiple group exhibitions in museums, including the Art Gallery of Alberta, Art Gallery of Nova Scotia and the Winnipeg Art Gallery. In 2012, Hughes realized a public art commission for Seven Oaks Hospital in Winnipeg using vitreous glass mosaic tile. Earlier this year, he was awarded a commission to create a two-dimensional public artwork for the new Windsor Park Library in Winnipeg. A recent video of his, ( Homage to Charles Schulz ), premiered at the Winnipeg New Music festival this winter.
Simon’s recent work explores concerns around landscape painting, abstraction and the environment through a series of large oil paintings, multimedia watercolour drawings, and videos. With an ever-present sense of wry humour and crisp lines holding a brilliant fan of color, Simon’s art is as iconic as it is diverse.
Division gallery in Toronto and Montreal currently represents Simon Hughes.
The following portraits document the physical, spiritual and emotional journey of a woman striving to excavate and preserve an authentic version of herself while grappling with the clashing expectations of both the lingering internal influence of a dogmatic religious upbringing and the enormous external pressure of a Western cultural framework rooted in antiquated patriarchal ideologies.
The figures are rendered completely or partially nude and in high detail to reflect the historical artistic and religious obsession with monopolizing and dictating the function and form of the female body. The repetition of the same individual in each portrait simultaneously represents the steadfast presence of an authentic “core” self and the deeply imbedded human tendency to fixate upon the elusive idea of physical perfection and the feminine ideal, particularly as it pertains to contemporary, Western women.
The animals are a consistent allusion to themes of domestication and hierarchies of dominance; in each portrait they represent the ever-shifting struggle of the subject to manage the expectations placed upon her by the forces at play.
Lifepod enroute to LANTERN from Rolla British Columbia