Rural Readymade

Friday, August 31, 2012 (All day) - Thursday, October 25, 2012 (All day)
Event Location: 
Main Gallery until Oct. 25 • Helen Christou Gallery until Oct. 19

Reception in the Main Gallery, 4 pm, Sept. 13

Photo:  Wrong Road Again by Adriana Kulper and Ryan Suter, 2010

The Rural Readymade brings together work by contemporary artists who start from the same impulse – to explore the found and familiar in their environments, imbuing ordinary objects and elements of everyday life with new meaning.

Curated by and organized by the Confederation Centre Art Gallery, Charlottetown, with  support from the Canada Council for the Arts, The Rural Readymade is at the U of L Main Gallery and Helen Christou Gallery until Oct. 25, with a public reception in the Main Gallery on Sept. 13 at 4 pm.

“Reconciling their experiences within primarily rural contexts, each work offers insight into the evolution of the contemporary “readymade,” underscoring an enduring tension between what is, and what is not, art,” explains guest curator Shauna McCabe, who is giving a curator’s tour of the exhibition during the reception.

“Responding to everyday surroundings where the use and adaptation of found materials are deeply engrained in daily life, the work of these artists playfully and adeptly blurs the lines between the mundane and aesthetic, natural and handmade, low-tech and no-tech, DIY and folk cultures,” she says.

Artists with work in the exhibition include Adriana Kuiper, Ryan Suter,  Norma Jean MacLean, Janice Wright Cheney, Will Gill, Kim Morgan, Clint Neufeld,Eryn Foster, Doug Lewis, and Geoffrey Hendricks. “I’m excited to bring a range of work by artists from the East Coast to Lethbridge,” says Josephine Mills, U of L Gallery Curator/Director. “Most have never exhibited here before and it is a great opportunity to see recent work by artists from across Canada.”

Guest curator, Dr. Shauna McCabe is currently the Director of the Textile Museum of Canada and was a Canada Research Chair at Mt. Allison when she curated this exhibition.

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Gallery Hours: 10 am - 4:30 pm Monday - Friday and until 8:30 pm Thursday evenings. Admission is free.