Reception for 2015 Summer Exhibitions

Please join us as we celebrate our summer exhibitions!
Thursday, July 9, 2015
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Remarks at 7:15 pm
Tours at 7:30 pm
Performance at 8:00 pm


Murray Favro
Lever and Wheel
July 9 to November 1, 2015
Janice Laking Gallery
Curator: Renée van der Avoird
Artist Talk: Friday, July 10, 12:15 to 1 pm. Admission free

Murray Favro is one of Canada’s most significant and inimitable artists. His multidisciplinary practice incorporates processes of fabrication, reconstruction and invention to challenge the boundaries of the art object and propose new ways of looking. In conjunction with the Pan Am mountain biking competition in Oro, Lever and Wheel reflects on Favro’s ongoing interest in bicycle mechanics. This survey exhibition brings together seminal drawings, photographs and experimental sculptural works. Masterfully built with the most basic hand tools, Favro’s highly conceptual sculptures are a source of discovery and imagination. Lever and Wheel is accompanied by an online publication featuring an essay by Bryne McLaughlin.

Murray Favro was born in 1940 in Huntsville and lives in London, Ontario. A pivotal figure in the London Regionalism movement, Favro has garnered numerous awards including the Gershon Iskowitz Prize (1997) and the Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts (2007). His work has been acquired by major institutions including the National Gallery of Canada and the Art Gallery of Ontario. Favro is represented in Toronto by Christopher Cutts Gallery and in London, Ontario by Michael Gibson Gallery. 


Stu Oxley
Distant Grounds
July 9 to October 25, 2015
Gallery 3
Curator: Emily McKibbon

Distant Grounds is a survey of recent paintings and prints by regional artist Stu Oxley. Long known for his exquisite intaglio monoprints, Oxley has in recent years shifted his attention to painting. This new focus is not a departure for the artist; instead, painting has catalyzed innovations in colour and form in his printmaking. Both Oxley’s prints and paintings contain atmospheric washes of rich colour, with drips and marks emphasizing the artist’s hand and interrupting the works’ subtle tonal shifts. The works suggest, rather than assert, moody landscapes—illustrating the way that sunlight animates fog or how a rain-tracked window mediates a dark night. A digital publication for Distant Grounds is available, produced in partnership with the Art Gallery of Guelph with support from Paul Kuhn Gallery. The publication features essays by Ron Shuebrook and John Kissick as well as an interview with the artist.

Stu Oxley has had recent solo shows at Mira Godard Gallery, Toronto; Naughton Gallery, Belfast, Ireland; and Paul Kuhn Gallery, Calgary. Oxley’s work is held in numerous private and public art collections including the Art Gallery of Hamilton, Museum London, MacLaren Art Centre, Nickle Museum of Art, Calgary, and the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, Toronto. He resides in Elora, Ontario, and teaches drawing and printmaking at Georgian College in Barrie.


Artists at Riverside Studio
July 4 to October 25, 2015
Carnegie Room
Curators: Stu Oxley and Emily McKibbon

For over twenty-five years, Master Printer Stu Oxley has been the owner and operator of Riverside Studio in Elora, Ontario. Working collaboratively with senior Canadian and international artists, Oxley uses his own expertise to realize the vision of each artist in the printmaking medium. Oxley co-curates this show, selecting works that demonstrate the range of representational styles attainable in printmaking.

Artists at Riverside Studio features the work of nineteen artists. Produced between 1980 and 2015, the artworks in this exhibition represent the spectrum of artists Oxley has worked with since his beginnings as a studio assistant to Walter Bachinski at the University of Guelph. The featured artists include Walter Bachinski, Carl Beam, Brian Boigon, Joe Fafard, Ted Fullerton, Richard Gorenko, John Hartman, Stephen Hutchings, John Kissick, Marie Lannoo, Margaret Priest, Cheryl Ruddock, Tony Scherman, Neil Shawcross, Ron Shuebrook, Doug Stone, Frances Thomas, Tony Urquhart and Tim Zuck. A diverse range of aesthetics and intentions are showcased, from the more meditative works of Tony Urquhart to the wry humour of Brian Boigon’s. Oxley lends authority and shares anecdotes, opening the studio door and allowing us entry into Riverside’s bustling activities.


Hazel Meyer
Muscle Panic
July 9 to August 30, 2015
Massie Family Sculpture Courtyard and Molson Community Gallery
Curator: Renée van der Avoird
Performance: Thursday, July 9, 8 pm

Hazel Meyer is a Toronto-based artist whose work explores ideas of athleticism, camaraderie and the history of sports equipment and apparel. Muscle Panic is an ongoing, multifaceted project that thwarts typical assumptions of athletic events by highlighting the creative and emotive dimensions of sport. The MacLaren presents the second iteration of Muscle Panic, which features handcrafted banners and jerseys, a fourteen-foot basketball hoop, and a clubhouse-like women’s locker room replete with cast-off equipment and discarded uniforms. A nod to the spectacle of gymnasium sport, the project proposes new relationships between artistic and athletic practices. Meyer will lead a performance at the opening reception, in which a rogue basketball team animates the gallery to run their drills.

Hazel Meyer was born in Ottawa. She obtained her MFA from OCAD University, Toronto (2010) and BFA from Concordia University, Montreal (2002). Her practice explores seemingly disparate yet overlapping preoccupations—athletics, feminism, the absurd, the body and textiles—using strategies such as scale, language, play and repetition. Recent exhibitions include those at the Doris McCarthy Gallery, Scarborough; AKA Artist-Run Gallery, Saskatoon; Art Metropole, Toronto and Eastern Edge Gallery, St. John’s. 


Critical Paths
July 4 to August 30, 2015
Joan Lehman Gallery and
Curator: Emily McKibbon

Featuring works from the MacLaren’s permanent collection, this group exhibition reflects on paths, circuits and wayfinding in honour of the 2015 Pan Am Games Mountain Biking competition at Hardwood Hills in Oro, Ontario. Featured artists include Harold Feist, Guy Montpetit, Mark Rowedel, Ron Shuebrook and David Urban.