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UPCOMING EXHIBITIONS at the Tom Thomson Art Gallery

Starting May 7 to June 20, 2010.
Opening Reception May 7, 2010, 7-9pm
 
JORDAN BROADWORTH: Survey
Curated by: Virginia Eichhorn


The death of painting is one of painting’s more enduring themes. The story of the medium’s demise and rebirth has been repeated, retold and reenacted so often that it underlies the breadth of contemporary practice. With death and resurrection built into its foundation, collapse anticipates reinvention and triumph chases ruin. Within this complexity painting’s failures and inadequacies are as valid a starting point and as rich in potential as its strengths and high-water-marks.

Influenced by John Cage, (‘We are involved in life that passes understanding and our highest business is our daily life.”) his early paintings incorporated many transient, found elements. The lines in this work came from knot-tying diagrams. The wooden inserts were made from discarded easels that once belonged to institutions where he had studied. Marks and patterns were created with industrial cast-offs from various factories he had worked. Gingerbread motifs from houses he had lived in also made their way into these paintings. The work of the past decade has focused on the nature of gesture and the role of the signature. Broadworth collects, fragments and reorders signatures to form painterly building blocks. Using an additive-subtractive painting process, the presence of the gesture is revealed through absence. The play between positive and negative space makes implicit both what remains and that which has been removed.

Painting is not limited to concepts of itself; rather it is intrinsically linked to larger concepts. Broadworth’s work has been an ongoing investigation into why building-up necessitates taking-down and how absence haunts the structures of vision.  Painting is a tech-less medium born of immediate experience. We live in a world increasingly mediated by technology. Broadworth tries to bridge the gap.

Jordan Broadworth was born in Esquesing, Ontario in 1968. Broadworth studied at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (BFA 1992) prior to graduating from the University of Guelph's Master of Fine Art program in 1996. His work has been exhibited in numerous commercial and public galleries across Canada and the US. Reviews and articles on Broadworth have appeared in The Globe and Mail, The Hudson Review, New York Times, Canadian Art Magazine, C international and the Brooklyn Rail. Broadworth was featured in Roald Nasgaard’s ‘Abstract Painting in Canada’.  His paintings are included in public collections across Canada and private collections in Canada, the United States, Britain, and Germany.

TOM THOMSON: The Man. The Myth.
Curated by: Michelle Le Chien

In this exhibition, we consider the difference between fact and myth of the legend of Tom Thomson alongside a display of his works from our Permanent Collection.

YOUNG ARTIST CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS FOR MASCOT DESIGN CONTEST
Help the Tom Thomson Art Gallery find Tom Thomson a pet by creating what you think “ART” looks like, by entering our Mascot Design Contest. This Contest is open to Youth 17 years and UNDER.
SUBMISSION DEADLINE
Please submit your entry to the Tom Thomson Art Gallery by May 31. All submissions will be presented to a jury.
 
PRIZES
Winning entry
Life-time membership to the Tom Thomson Art Gallery
Your image will be used as our Mascot for our youth and family-friendly educational programs
FUN Local Swag
 
Two Runners-up
One year family membership
FUN Local Swag
 
The winners will be announced at the opening of our summer exhibition “Hello My Name Is TOM”  and “Do You Love Me?” on June 25th at 7pm.  “Hello! My Name is Tom” explores the many ways that Tom Thomson continues to influence artists today and “Do You Love Me?” looks at the relationship between people and their pets.
 
To Get started visit www.tomthomson.org for more information or contact the Gallery.

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JORDAN BROADWORTH, Interior of Studio

 
TOM THOMSON ART GALLERY
840 First Avenue West, Owen Sound ON N4K 4K4. Tuesday to Friday 11 to 5, Saturday and Sunday  12 to 5. T: 519-376-1932 www.tomthomson.org