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Opening Reception: Heads & Sanaugavut: Art from Kinngait

Friday, May 3, 2019
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
McIntosh Gallery (MG)

Stephen Andrews, Sarah Cale, Colin Dorward, Lili Huston-Herterich, Patrick Howlett, Jay Isaac, Harold Klunder, Mack Ludlow, Katie Lyle, Vanessa Maltese, Kim Moodie, Kim Neudorf, Gordon Peterson, Adam Revington, Janet Werner
Curated by Sky Glabush
May 3 - June 16, 2019

Opening reception: Friday, May 3, 7:00-9:00p.m.
Curator-led tour: Thursday, May 9 at 12:00p.m.

In an age where images are more ubiquitous than text, where pictures bombard the psyche in a fleeting, buzzing, ephemerally digitized omnipresence, the corporeality of art offers something else. It is viscous, bodily, physical. It holds the trace of the hand and the gesture is preserved and registered like a Paleolithic butterfly trapped forever in amber.

It is easy to fetishize the materiality of painting and sculpture, but here it is held in distinction to the selfie, the photo-shopped, the sterilized, branded commodity of popular media. Heads is an exhibition that revels in the distinctive language of the portrait as a place where the poetic potential of the mind is located centrally in the body, in the gut, in the hand, in the foot.

Sanaugavut: Art from Kinngait
Curated by Nakasuk Alariaq
May 3 - June 16, 2019

Opening reception: Friday, May 3, 7:00-9:00p.m.

Curating an exhibition of Inuit art from the McIntosh Gallery collection was just the beginning for Nakasuk Alariaq, a Department of Visual Arts graduate student from Kinngait, Nunavut. Her home town, also known as Cape Dorset, is widely recognized as a major centre for Inuit art. As she did her research, Alariaq found many works in the McIntosh collection by artists whom she knew personally. The project became even more personal when she chose to include art from her own collection in the exhibition. This provided an opportunity to reveal the diverse array of creative expression in Kinngait, which includes drawing, printmaking, sculpture and more traditional Inuk media such as textiles, beadwork, and doll making.

“Sanaugavut” means “that which we have made” in Inuktitut. It is a fitting title for this intimate exhibition that provides a unique and valuable perspective on Inuit art from within the community known globally since the 1960s as a centre for innovative art practices.

Images: Harold Klunder, Hart Street (Self-Portrait) (detail), 2011. Oil on canvas. Courtesy of the artist and Clint Roenisch Gallery. Shuvinai Ashoona, Untitled (detail), 2016. Coloured pencil and ink on paper. Collection of McIntosh Gallery, Western University, 2018.

For more information about McIntosh Gallery and these exhibitions, contact Abby Vincent, Communications and Outreach Coordinator,, (519)-661-2111 ext. 87576.

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