Close Knit by Aganetha Dyck. Courtesy of The Art Bank

Thunderstruck

Aganetha Dyck, Brendan Fernandes, Angela Miracle Gladue, Jillian Groening, La calq, Michelle Latimer

Main Gallery

November 21 – December 18, 2019

Curated by:

Opening night performance of Reverence by Brendan Fernandes- November 21, 2019. 7:00pm

Reverence is a performance by Brendan Fernandes that intervenes at cultural events and in public spaces where the dynamic of watching and being watched take place. Breaking the fourth wall and leveling the performer and the viewer, the work invites the tension and awkwardness of gratitude into the audience's space by subjecting them to a corps of dancers bowing in procession. The work incorporates this gesture repetitively to question its relation to class, privilege and hegemony.

The works of six artists are brought together to explore ideas of presence through movement, repetition, and landscape, employing the undercurrent of dance. Through these corporeal and material gestures the exhibition also considers the traces left behind in a physical practice. 
 
Through repetition of a gesture or action, greater resonance and impact results through the recurrence; a dance move to a pulsing rhythm, a hand threading beads over and over again, a list of names cycling iteratively to create a community, a visual that is greater than the sum of its parts. Each piece creates an alternative focal point to the exhibit, and together, the works on display emphasize that physical and lived intelligence, somatic storytelling, body to body transmissions and connections, are not fleeting or ephemeral, but hold their own immense place and power.
 
Special thanks to the Art Bank for their support of this exhibition, as it is a redacted version of the exhibition at the Âjagemô in Ottawa. 
BIOGRAPHIES

Aganetha Dyck, born 1937, is an acclaimed artist known internationally for her collaborations with live honeybees and her transformation of domestic objects and processes. Since the late seventies, her work has been shown in solo and group exhibitions across Canada, in the U.S., England, France and in the Netherlands and is held in collections of major galleries including The Vancouver Art Gallery, The Winnipeg Art Gallery and The National Gallery of Canada. A selection of awards include The Manitoba Arts Council Award of Distinction (2007), Canada’s Gorvernor General’s Award for Visual and Media Arts (2007). Winnipeg Art City’s Award (2013). Winnipeg Arts Council’s Making a Mark Award (2014).

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