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Rodman Hall Art Centre/Brock University

Rodman Hall kicks off 2012 with four exhibitions 
Opening Reception: Thursday, January 19, 2012, 8 – 10 pm

Artist Talk with Kent Monkman: Thursday, January 19, 7 pm

Artist Talk with Brendan Tang: Friday, January 20, 12 noon

Kent Monkman | The Four Continents: Miss America

January 20 – March 11, 2012
Curated by Marcie Bronson, exhibition concept by Shirley Madill

In his work, Kent Monkman often appropriates the aesthetic of "New World" landscape painting, recreating the picturesque and sublime landscapes of North American colonialism through the playful insertion of dramatic scenes of sex and violence between European and First Nations peoples to challenge the accuracy of their representation. This exhibition premieres Miss America, the first work of Monkman's series The Four Continents. Inspired by Giambattista Tiepolo's mid-eighteenth century frescoes of the same subject, this new body of work reflects the "painted voyage" from the Renaissance to Romanticism, a visual journey in which Europeans projected their views of the world onto other continents. In Monkman's version, the anachronous New World alter ego Miss Chief Eagle Testickle embodies the displacement and flux that more accurately characterizes the complex and fluid histories of our global reality. This major new work is accompanied by a series of preparatory studies and an atelier installation that reveal the artist's process.

Image: Kent Monkman, My Treaty is With the Crown, 2011, Acrylic on canvas.

Brendan Tang | Gained in Translation

January 20 – April 29, 2012
Curated by Marcie Bronson

Merging historical and contemporary forms, Brendan Tang's ceramic and mixed media sculptures play subtle visual tricks on the viewer, evoking a host of dichotomies and probing questions about culture past and present. Inspired by anime and manga, Tang grafts brightly coloured robotic prosthetics onto an array of seemingly antique Chinese vessels in his ongoing Manga Ormolu series. Exposed wires, inputs and outputs, ventilation grates, speakers, sensors, and braces perfectly fitted around the organic, sinuous forms of the porcelains propel them into the future, forging new forms and functions. Juxtaposing the fragility and preciousness of the slow and careful tradition of hand-painted and sculpted ceramics with durable, disposable, mass-produced synthetics of the current day, Tang's sculptures reflect the evolving Western experience of the Orient and playfully consider the perpetual redrawing of national, cultural, and ethnic boundaries that accompanies accelerated globalization in contemporary society.

Marinko Jareb | Stoop Loggy Log's Underground Rave: Vinyl Toys, Vinyl Records and Remixes

January 20 – September 2, 2012
Curated by Marcie Bronson

Best known for his work as DJ MACHINE, St. Catharines-based artist Marinko Jareb's multidisciplinary practice was born out of producing thematic underground music events incorporating light, sound, video, and images. Informed by the aesthetics of graffiti and toy culture, his work is often quickly executed and characterized by reductive and highly energetic forms which are often layered and combined to create a sense of excess and joyous sensory overload. Playing with language, altering found texts and images, Jareb's work is marked by a sense of cultural collision, in part inspired by his experience growing up as a Croatian-Canadian. Taking over the gallery's project space, Jareb constructs a miniature dance party beneath the forest floor, animated by sound and video mixes and inhabited by a variety of collectible artist toys, including some of his own design.

David Rokeby | Plot Against Time #2 (Flurry)

January 20 – March 11, 2012

Since 1982, Canadian artist David Rokeby has focused on interactive works that engage the human body or involve artificial perception systems. The second in a series of works that explore patterns of movement over time, Plot Against Time #2 (Flurry), tracks individual snowflakes whirling in the complex turbulence created by the rigorous and minimal forms of Mies van der Rohe's Toronto Dominion Centre skyscrapers and an Al McWilliams sculpture in the middle of the complex. From a vantage point within the sculpture, the camera captures falling snow against these stark structures. Processed to separate the snowflakes from the background, the video footage is then reworked to draw out and highlight the complex paths the individual flakes follow.

Plot Against Time #2 (Flurry) was purchased in 2010 with the generous assistance of the Hansen Family Fund.


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Rodman Hall Art Centre / Brock University

109 St. Paul Crescent, St. Catharines, Ontario L2S 1M3
TEL 905.684.2925
FAX 905.682.4733
www.brocku.ca/rodman-hall

Gallery Hours

Tuesday to Friday: 11 am to 5 pm
Saturday: 10 am to 5 pm
Sunday: 11 am to 5 pm

Closed Monday and statutory holidays.

Admission is free.

Contact: Danny Custodio, 905.688.5550 ext. 5802, dcustodio@brocku.ca

Rodman Hall is in part supported by


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