Liz Pead and Roch Smith
///March 2nd to April 21, 2012
Opening Reception : March 2nd @ 7 PM
Pead and Smith use reclaimed sporting equipment to address notions of how national, local and personal identities are constructed through sports. Liz Pead reconfigures used hockey gear into elaborate relief constructions that reference significant landmarks in Canadian Art (specifically the Group of Seven).
Heavily laden with Canadiana as her work is, the viewer is drawn into reflections on how our collective imaginations are shaped by a shared identification with the “national pastime” (sometimes literally, through her association of art legend Tom Thompson with hockey legend Bill Bariko, both “famous Canadians swallowed up by the landscape” to never be seen again). Conversely, Smith renders sporting goods as models of weapons of war. His work draws a poignant link between support for sports teams and support for our troops. Smith’s work cleverly blurs lines between sport, nationalism, and real or symbolic conflicts. He is interested in how games are theorized as a means of playing out proxy warfare without bloodshed (Canada / Russia in 1972, or the 2004 and 2010 Olympic gold medal wins over the USA speak to this idea).
Heather Passmore / May 4th – June 15th, 2012
Opening Reception : May 4th @ 7 PM
Heather Passmore examines the politics of taste, class and “cultural value” in the contemporary Canadian art world, looking at art galleries as sites that are often closed to many artists by various “gatekeepers.” She will be exhibiting within the gallery space as well as producing a series of images for AKA’s billboard. The Form Letters project in Gatekeepers consists of an ongoing series of drawings on artist form letters Passmore has received from various art institutions over the past decade.
She will have approximately 250 rejection letters and 50 acceptance letters installed on the walls of AKA gallery and also exhibit a series of over 14 large-scale archival ink-jet prints of her illustrated form letters. Passmore’s rejection letters being the basis for an exhibition lends a sense of irony and challenge to the gallery space, and also speaks to the multiple and sometime conflicting audiences billboards engage with, when made part of an exhibition of contemporary art.
In conjunction with this exhibition, there will be a panel discussion on with Jen Budney (Associate curator, Mendel Art Gallery), Susan Shantz (Faculty, Art & Art History, University of Saskatchewan), featured artist Heather Passmore and moderated by AKA Director Dagmara Genda. This will happen on May 5th 1:30 – 3:30 pm in the AKA gallery space.
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CALLS FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST : We’re looking for SK expats or artists living in SK from other places. AKA is partnering to curate an exhibition with the Saskatchewan Craft Council and is engaging in a year of research on artists whose paths have included this province.