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Mary Anne Barkhouse
The Interlopers
July 5 to October 28, 2018
Janice Laking Gallery and The Massie Family Sculpture Courtyard
Curator: Renée van der Avoird
Reception: Thursday, July 5, 7 to 9 pm

The Interlopers combines recent bronze and porcelain sculptures with photographic works by celebrated regional artist Mary Anne Barkhouse. Continuing her investigation into animal-human dynamics, Barkhouse juxtaposes expertly rendered coyotes, crows, ravens and coywolves with Victorian-style furniture and accoutrements. Often considered intruders, these adaptive species are increasingly found in urban environments, a forced coexistence that raises questions of place and belonging. Here, the term “interlopers” refers not only to these roaming creatures, but also to the humans who encroach on their space and resources. Mary Anne Barkhouse was born in Vancouver and belongs to the Nimpkish band, Kwakiutl First Nation. She has exhibited across Canada and in New York, and her work is represented in many important collections. Barkhouse is currently based in Minden, Ontario.

Settling in Place
Aylan Couchie, Martha Griffith, Charmaine Lurch
June 30 to October 28, 2018
Gallery 3
Curator: Andrea Fatona
Reception: Thursday, July 5, 7 to 9 pm

Settling in Place features contemporary installations concerned with excavating and making visible material reminders of diverse and contested histories of place, settlement and community-making within in Ontario. Aylan Couchie’s project Aki consists of four clear vitrines that house “acknowledgements” in English and Anishinaabemowin. Written in ashes created from three traditional medicines—cedar, sweetgrass and sage—the statements assert the long presence of the Wendat and Anishinaabe peoples on the shorelines of Lake Simcoe. Martha Griffith’s Fables and Shadows is a collection of handmade ceramic plate multiples based on a shard of 19th century Blue Willow plate found on the property of early Black settler and preacher, Edward Patterson, in nearby Grey County. Charmaine Lurch’s installation Blueprint for a Mobile and Visible Carriage tells the story of formerly enslaved couple Lucie and Thornton Blackburn, the first taxicab owners in the city of York, today known as Toronto. The re-opening of the Oro African Methodist Episcopal Church in August 2016 and The Journals of Mary O’Brien (1828-1838) serve as inspiration for the exhibition.

Robert Houle
Quillwork I-VII
July 5 to November 25, 2018
Joan Lehman Gallery and
Curator: Renée van der Avoird
Reception: Thursday, July 5, 7 to 9 pm

A pivotal figure in contemporary art, Robert Houle is an Anishinaabe artist, curator, critic and educator. Based in Toronto, he is known for his distinctive brand of abstraction that blends traditions of modernist painting with elements of his Saulteaux heritage. Quillwork I-VII is a suite of seven paintings on panel from the MacLaren’s Permanent Collection that combine gestural forms, vivid colour fields and porcupine quills. Intuitively composed, Houle’s abstractions evoke questions of identity and biculturalism, and consider the complex interweaving of colonial and Indigenous art histories.

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.

A Kind of Library: Artist Portfolios and Bookworks
June 9 to October 14, 2018
Molson Community Gallery
Curator: Emily McKibbon
Reception: Thursday, July 5, 7 to 9 pm

In the spirit of Jose Luis Borges’ assertion that “paradise is a kind of library,” the MacLaren Art Centre presents a rotating display of portfolios and bookworks from its Permanent Collection. Works by Walter Bachinski, Barbara Balfour, Erika DeFreitas, Felix Kalmenson, Olia Mischchenko and other artists commemorate the building’s origins as Barrie’s first public library.

Image credits, left to right: Mary Anne Barkhouse, Treats for Coyote, 2017, bronze, glass, crystal and porcelain figures, velvet, found table, dimensions variable. Installation view at Esker Foundation, Calgary. Photo: John Dean. Robert Houle, Quillwork I-VII (detail), 1988, suite of seven panels labeled I-VII, acrylic, pastel and porcupine quills on paper mounted to panel, 46 x 33 cm each. Collection of the MacLaren Art Centre. Gift of the John F. (Jack) Petch Family, 2014. Photo: André Beneteau. Charmaine Lurch, Blueprint for a Mobile and Visible Carriage, 2017, dimensions variable. Installation view from Every. Now. Then: Reframing Nationhood. Photo: Dean Tomlinson © 2017 Art Gallery of Ontario


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, the Canada Council for the Arts, Canadian Heritage and exhibition sponsor Stewart Esten.

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, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 10 am to 5 pm
Wednesday 10 am to 7 pm
Saturday and Sunday 10 am to 4 pm
Closed July 1 and 2, August 6, September 3, October 8

Wheelchair accessible






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