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Xiaojing Yan, Cloud Cell, Freshwater pearls, monofilament thread, aluminum, 96” x 45” x 45”, 2014.

Glimmers of the Radiant Real

Katie Bethune-Leamen, Broadbent Sisters, Daniel Griffin Hunt, Sanaz Mazinani, Sandy Plotnikoff, Mary Pratt, Cole Swanson, Catherine Telford-Keogh, Xiaojing Yan

Organized and circulated by The Robert McLaughlin Gallery, in collaboration with the Art Gallery of Peterborough and the McIntosh Gallery. Curated by Ruth Jones and Sam Mogelonsky.

October 13, 2018 – January 6, 2019
Art Gallery of Peterborough

Opening Reception: Saturday, October 13 from 2–4 pm
Round Table Discussion: Saturday, November 17, 2–4 pm

What happens when surfaces glitter, gleam, sparkle, and shine? In Glimmers of the Radiant Real, radiance, that quality of projected light we associate so often with the marvellous and the modern, is subverted by the relationship between the quality of a surface and what it covers, reflects, or contains. Surface is the point of contact for the body, it’s skin and texture and touch. The glistening, shining surfaces of works by Katie Bethune-Leamen, the Broadbent Sisters, Daniel Griffin Hunt, Sanaz Mazinani, Sandy Plotnikoff, Mary Pratt, Cole Swanson, Catherine Telford-Keogh, and Xiaojing Yan manipulate the viewer’s perception of dimension through reflections and refractions, thereby un-forming the object and making the familiar strange.

The artists and works featured in the exhibition use a variety of materials to generate these surface effects, from glass to gold, foil, plastic, and pearls. Each material has its own qualities of shine and reflection, and each combination of qualities reacts with a work’s source and subject to yield a different effect: gilded insect wings sketch a house’s morbid geography, material treatments upend expectations of form and colour, and dollar-store detritus, sunk in resin, seems to glow behind glass. For the viewer, the result is a combination of material familiarity and perceptual distortion.

Catherine Telford Keogh, The telephone melted into a pond of blue goo in Jasmine’s clammy palm after a caller’s obscene message, Glass, Unico® Stuffed Manzanilla Olives, Maynards Swedish Berries, White Wood Letters by Artminds®, 9” pigmented FlexFoam-iT! ® III, LEGO® found objects, 3D printed cookies, Yankee Candle® Home Sweet Home® Fragrance SpheresTM, Del Monte® Sliced Peaches Yellow Cling Peaches, President’s Choice® The Decadent Chocolate Chip Cookie, Bick’s® Dill Pickles, Smooth-Cast® 325, 326, Miscellaneous Objects, Aluminum Drain, Inkjet Print on Transparency, Con-Tact® Brand Creative CoveringTM Self-Adhesive Shelf and Drawer Liner, Granite, Snake Plywood, 12″ x 42” x 42”, 2018.

In video, sculpture, painting, drawing, and installation, these works invite us to transform as they do, through interactions with surfaces that dazzle, using light to obscure or fracture the images and clarity we expect. They answer a craving for radiance, a desire to be like them, shining and seemingly limitless. They offer the promise of the object made new, but even if they speak in the same material language of the glittering and the precious, the modern, and the transcendent, they speak its opposite, too, a language of obscurity and disappearance, complicating the shining and ideal. They layer the surface substances that gloss the world we know, offering glimmers of a radiant reality where light becomes, not truth illuminated, but something else.

For more information on the exhibition and events, please visit

Please visit or follow the exhibition on Instagram @radiantreal for more information about the artists, events and the tour. To read the exhibition catalogue, please click here.

We thank our sponsors, partners and donors for their continuing support and help in making the exhibition programming and this catalogue come to life. We are grateful to our sponsors Partners in Art, Burgundy Asset Management, and Ridgewood Capital Asset Management and to our media partner Akimbo Art Promotions, and our generous donors. We also acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council and the City of Peterborough.

Also on view:

Connie van Rijn, Wonder Land

In this new series of nine works, Connie van Rijn experiments with representation, abstraction and medium. These works are layered, utilizing the ways light reacts with surface and travels through translucence to create complex and emotive compositions.

Click here for more information about this exhibition.


Art Gallery of Peterborough
250 Crescent Street | Peterborough, Ontario | K9J 2G1
705.743.9179 | |
Open Tuesday - Sunday, 11 – 5 | Free admission

Media contact:
Fynn Leitch, Curator
705.743.9179 ex. 2023





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