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2019 Winter Exhibition Opening Reception

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Varley Art Gallery of Markham

216 Main Street Unionville

Markham, ON L3R 2H1

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Join us on Friday, February 8, 7 – 10 PM, to celebrate the opening of the Varley Art Gallery of Markham’s Winter Exhibitions! The exhibitions Weave and Moving through darkness into the clearing will be celebrated with remarks, engaging gallery talks, and light refreshments.

Chris Kline and Yam Lau: Weave

February 9 – April 21, 2019

“The taut thread…was the precursor of the drawn line of architectural design, whose straightness was compared to that of a ray of light. Sixteenth century treatises on perspective even depicted sight lines as lines of tightly stretched thread, but with loose ends that betrayed their nature.” —Tim Ingold

Canadian artists Chris Kline and Yam Lau present Weave, a two-person exhibition that reflects precise involvement in the fields of force of materials. In an unusual pairing, the artists’ respective works find surprising affinities: Kline’s tender and rigorous hand-coloured paintings contrast with Lau’s gliding cinematic movements through simulated space, but both artists are intimately involved with the entanglement of idea and substance, being and becoming, memory and form, especially as woven through or across screens.

This exhibition, curated by Stephen Horne and Sunny Kerr, is organised and circulated by the Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Queen’s University, with the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council and the City of Kingston Arts Fund through the Kingston Arts Council.


Moving through darkness into the clearing

January 19, 2019 – April 7, 2019

Curated by Anik Glaude

Moving through darkness into the clearing considers the ways in which artists return to the land in search of subject matter and how these repetitive actions are informed by their understanding of place and identity. In the last century the Group of Seven were very successful in their collective project of creating a landscape style that would be recognized as definitively Canadian. In Moving through darkness into the clearing, photographic works by Greg Staats, Kanien’kehá:ka (Mohawk), both complement and challenge the Group of Seven works on display. Staats combines language and mnemonics with imagery drawn from the Ontario landscape, not as a nationalist project, but as part of an ongoing process of conceptualizing a Haudenosaunee restorative aesthetic that explores multiple relationships with trauma, renewal and place.

Photo Credit: Installation view, Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Kingston, ON. Photo: Paul Litherland

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