Ingrid Ruthig: Re|Visions
October 14 – December 10, 2017
Opening Reception: Friday, October 20 at 7pm
The solo exhibition, Ingrid Ruthig: Re|Visions, builds on a series of 120 portrait-and-biography diptychs of women creators selected from throughout history. Ruthig’s body of work questions perceptions and the accepted version of our creative legacy, by examining the skewed nature of biography, the portrait, literary and art history, as well as an artist’s sense of herself as creator.
Working with a combination of text and image from a wide range of sources, Ruthig references representations.
“I’m fascinated by our collective determination to build, reshape or restore from fragments a narrative about the world and ourselves in it, and how we imagine the incomplete story with the unknowable end.” Ruthig continues: “But that story is never entirely a reliable one.” Through manipulation and layering, weaving and stitchery, her work scrambles perception and shifts the view to offer a re/vision of the individuals presented, in order to spur questions, to reveal the flaws and inadequacies of a man-made history, to re-see – rather than blindly accept as accurate – our text and image inheritance.
2016 was the Canadian centennial of women’s suffrage, and 2017 is Canada’s 150th anniversary. Here’s a prime opportunity to reflect on the women who, through their art, helped shape our views in this province, this country and the world.
October 14 to December 10, 2017
Opening Reception: Friday, October 20 at 7PM
Back in 1970, Station Gallery opened its doors with an inaugural exhibition of Whitby’s most famed historical artist. This posthumous retrospective of Florence Helena McGillivray brought exposure to a little-known and under-appreciated figure in the development of early Canadian art.
She was born on March 1, 1864 on a farm at the corner of Taunton and Lakeridge Roads. In the early 1900s she taught at what is now Trafalgar Castle School. McGillivray travelled to France in 1913 to further her art studies. Freely absorbing modern movements in Europe, she transported her influences upon returning to Canada.
She actively exhibited and pursued a career as an artist. She retired to live in Toronto in the 1930s, where she died in 1938. Her paintings are represented in the collections of the National Gallery of Canada, Art Gallery of Ontario, Art Gallery of Hamilton and The Robert McLaughlin Gallery in Oshawa. Many believe that she taught Tom Thomson a trick or two about painting.
During the sesquicentennial autumn, we’ll revisit and retrace McGillivray’s eclectic stylistic paths. Borrowing from both public holdings and private collections, Finding Florence will add presence and dimension to an artist who is only now rightfully attaining her esteemed place in Canadian art.
Durham College Photography
For the past 150 years, photographers have helped shape our world and given us a better understanding of human nature.
The School of Media, Art and Design at Durham College celebrated its first photography graduates in 2013. This exhibition offers insight into our evolution over the past five years. With better facilities and equipment, more dedicated faculty and an improved curriculum, our program continues to provide a balance between strong technical skills and artistic vision.
These young photographers use their cameras as conversation starters, tools of exploration and instruments for change. They have the power to document events, reveal truths and change the way we see ourselves.
Yan Qing Guo
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