To say it’s been cold outside lately is an understatement.
When the mercury dips this low, we can feel sad, disappointed, stressed, worried or restless (or any combination of those emotions). The world may seem frigid and bleak, and it’s difficult to trudge through February knowing the first signs of spring are still weeks away.
My suggestion? Visit a local art gallery. You will be warm indoors — and surrounded by colour and creativity — while you view beautiful, thought-provoking or emotionally affective works of art.
Sound enticing? Here’s a sample of what’s on now, and what’s coming up soon, at some of the galleries.
Local artist Andrei Feheregyhazi, who completed his undergraduate and graduate fine arts degrees at the University of Saskatchewan (USask), is well-known in this city for his film work. Last year, for example, he created a short film called Saskatoon: Where the Art Is to promote the Creative City Summit that will be held later this year. The film, which was a hit on social media, takes viewers on a wonderful visual journey through a miniature cardboard version of the city.
Now Feheregyhazi has a fascinating new project underway at PAVED Arts. During the course of about three months, he will work toward developing a room-scale augmented reality installation through his Augmented Reality Experiments project. At three upcoming public viewings — to be held on March 1, March 29 and April 26 from 4 p.m. – 9 p.m. — visitors can immerse themselves in the project, walk through the 3D animated spaces and offer Feheregyhazi feedback on the experience.
To promote his project at PAVED Arts, Feheregyhazi created colourful artwork featured on hand-printed cards. To augment the cards, viewers can download the Brellabot AR app — which Feheregyhazi also created — from Apple’s app store or the Google Play store. Once the app is downloaded and started, a smartphone camera can be pointed at the front of the cards to bring a tree image to life in 3D.
Until Feb. 21, Art Placement is featuring a group exhibition called Shades of Grey. As its name suggests, the show was inspired by shades of grey and other muted and monochromatic colour palettes.
Gallery director Levi Nicholat said he’s always found grey “to be a very calming, relaxing colour.”
“It’s an interesting colour, because on the one hand we think about it as being very neutral. So in that sense it’s easy to like because in theory it goes with anything,” he said. “On the other hand, when you look at a variety of greys in relation to one another, you see how much opportunity there is for subtlety and complexity within the range; you can have a blue-grey, which may feel cold and industrial, or a warm grey, with an earthy, organic tone. With so many variations and possibilities, it’s a versatile and complex colour.”
On Feb. 23, bright, bold colour will return to Art Placement with a new exhibition called formalish. The group show will present the work of three emerging, Saskatoon-based abstract painters — Jordan Danchilla, Steph Krawchuk and Cameron McKay — and will run until April 4.
COLLEGE ART GALLERIES
On Feb. 1, a retrospective entitled The Writing on The Wall: The Work of Joane Cardinal-Schubert opened at the College Art Galleries on the USask campus.
Joane Cardinal-Schubert (1942-2009) was an artist, activist, writer, poet, curator and mentor. Circulated by the Nickle Galleries, the exhibition is an examination
of the artist’s work that includes pivotal pieces in painting, drawing, printmaking,
collage, ceramic and installation. Although Cardinal-Schubert never claimed to be political and rejected a feminist label, her work recognizes the personal lived life of an Indigenous Canadian woman is political.
Cardinal-Schubert studied printmaking at the Alberta College of Art and Design, the University of Alberta and the University of Calgary and received an honorary doctorate in 2003 from the University of Calgary. She is the late sister of renowned architect Douglas Cardinal, who designed the Gordon Oakes Red Bear Student Centre on the USask campus.
The show, which is shared with Wanuskewin Galleries, will be on display until April 27 at the College Art Galleries and until March 29 at Wanuskewin.
KENDERDINE ART GALLERY
Opening at the Kenderdine Art Gallery on Feb. 15 is A Forest, an exhibition of Tod Emel’s work that explores the impact of the mountain pine beetle epidemic on pine forests in British Columbia. Emel, who grew up in the small community of Vanderhoof in central B.C., reflects on the similarities between pine beetle markings and his own artistic processes. He explores these connections in a new body of low-relief carved panel drawings.
An opening reception will be held at 7 p.m. on Feb. 15 at the Kenderdine Art Gallery, which is located on the USask campus. The show will remain on display until April 20.