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Longevity or a Lack Thereof
Anthea Black and Thea Yabut, Francisco-Fernando Granados, Derek Liddington, Alex Morrison, Meghan Price
March 29 to June 24, 2018
Janice Laking Gallery
Curator: Renée van der Avoird
Reception: Thursday, March 29, 7 to 9 pm
Artist Talk by Francisco-Fernando Granados: Wednesday, April 11, 10:30 am, Georgian College Campus Gallery. Admission free

Longevity or a Lack Thereof highlights the dynamic and experimental nature of contemporary drawing. In addition to works on paper, the exhibition incorporates a range of unconventional materials and strategies from other artistic realms including sculpture, performance, textile and installation. These rigorous and exploratory practices help expand drawing from its traditionally preparatory or mimetic function into larger conversations about duration, documentation, collaboration and identity.

Francisco-Fernando Granados (Toronto) and collaborators Anthea Black and Thea Yabut (Toronto/San Francisco, Montreal) employ the performative potential of drawing to comment on identity politics and open up spaces for alternative narratives. Derek Liddington (Toronto) and Meghan Price (Toronto) use tracing methods to document moments in time and space, using the materiality of their supports to construct ethereal, yet monumental, wall works. From memory, Alex Morrison (Victoria) draws a series of homes he’s lived in directly on the gallery wall. Here, the drawn line becomes a temporary personal archive, and a tool for subverting notions of consumerism and domesticity.

Sophie Jodoin
Room(s) to move: je, tu, elle
March 29 to June 17, 2018
Gallery 3
Guest Curator: Anne-Marie St-Jean Aubre
Reception: Thursday, March 29, 7 to 9 pm
Artist Talk by Sophie Jodoin: Wednesday, March 28, 10:30 am, Georgian College Campus Gallery. Admission free

Room(s) to move: je, tu, elle is a survey exhibition by Montreal artist Sophie Jodoin, presented by EXPRESSION, the MacLaren Art Centre and the Musée d’art contemporain des Laurentides. The exhibition is divided into three chapters, each of which examines the identity of a woman from a specific point of view: introspective (je), domestic (tu), and medical (elle). Language acts as a mode of articulation that is central to Jodoin’s practice. She arranges drawings, collages, videos and found objects into poetic assemblages that unfold in space like sentences, inviting close readings. This chapter of this exhibition traces the personal aspects of Jodoin’s female character, focussing on the factors that make up her interior landscape: intimacy, desire, emotion and sensation, inquiry and uncertainty.

A graduate of Concordia University, Sophie Jodoin has exhibited internationally in artist-run spaces, galleries, museums and fairs. Collaborations include novels, dramatic works and poetry with Wajdi Mouawad, Michael Ondaatje and Christian Lapointe. In 2017 she was awarded the Prix Louis-Comtois and the Prix Giverny Capital.

Ted Fullerton
Memories and Visions
March 17 to June 30, 2018
Joan Lehman Gallery
Curator: Renée van der Avoird
Reception: Thursday, March 29, 7 to 9 pm

Four mixed-media drawings by senior Tottenham-based artist Ted Fullerton are featured in this Permanent Collection exhibition. Selected from the artist’s 1997 series Memories and Visions, each drawing is composed directly over top of the same black-and-white lithograph. In his signature rough-hewn style, Fullerton applies combinations of conté, acrylic, oil, and crayon to the lithograph, which depicts two of his recurring archetypes: the tree and the profile of a man. While their shared source lends the drawings a similar compositional makeup, each one introduces a unique iconography, rife with symbolic and mythological references derived from the artist’s subconscious.

Tom Dean
May 24 to July 8, 2018
The Carnegie Room
Curator: Renée van der Avoird
Reception: Thursday, July 5, 7 to 9 pm

Tom Dean is a senior Toronto artist working in sculpture, painting, video, drawing and printmaking. The eight woodcut prints in this exhibition from the MacLaren’s Permanent Collection are made with construction-grade plywood pressed on paper. Each print depicts a singular, puddle-like shape based on the idea of a melted six-sided die. The black, sublimated forms lack structure: drained of all potential energy, their horizontality is a fundamental consequence of gravity. Evoked here are existential themes that continue to inform Dean’s thinking: dichotomies between horizontality and verticality, form and the collapse of form.

Image captions: Meghan Price, Body Rock, graphite on stitched paper, dimensions variable. Installation view at Harbourfront Centre, Toronto, 2016. Photo: Brian Medina (left); Sophie Jodoin, detail of work in progress in artist’s studio, Montreal, 2017. Photo courtesy of the artist (right).


About the MacLaren Art Centre
The MacLaren Art Centre is the major public art gallery in central Ontario serving the residents of Barrie, the County of Simcoe and the surrounding area. The Gallery has a permanent collection of over 27,400 works of art and presents a year-round programme of innovative world-class exhibitions, education activities and special events.

The MacLaren Art Centre gratefully acknowledges the ongoing support of its Members, Patrons, Donors, Sponsors, Partners, the City of Barrie, the Ontario Arts Council, the Government of Ontario and the Canada Council for the Arts, Canadian Heritage and exhibition sponsor Pratt Homes.

Gallery Location
37 Mulcaster Street, Barrie, Ontario, L4M 3M2, 705-721-9696
From Toronto: From highway 400 north, 90 km north of Toronto, take the Dunlop Street East exit to Mulcaster Street and turn left. The MacLaren is one block north on the right hand at the intersection of Collier Street and Mulcaster Street.

Gallery Admission
Suggested admission $5

Gallery Hours
Monday to Friday 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am to 7:00pm
Saturday and Sunday 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Closed Good Friday, Easter Sunday and Victoria Day.

Wheelchair accessible






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