Reception for 2016 Spring Exhibitions

Alice Teichert, Speed of Love, 2009, acrylic and crayon on canvas, 213 x 137 cm
Allyson Clay, Red Figure from Immarginalia, 2015-2016, oil on book, dimensions variable
Janet Jones, DaDa Flow #1, 2006, oil and acrylic on canvas, 137 x 244 cm. Gift of the artist, with thanks to John Jones, 2010. Photo: Andre Beneteau
Valerie Palmer, Clouds, 1990, oil on linen, 128 x 113 cm. Courtesy the artist. Anonymous gift, 2015. Photo: Tom Moore
Spring 2016 Exhibitions Invitation
Admission free

Please join us as we celebrate our spring shows!
Thursday, March 24, 2016
7:00 to 9:00 pm
Remarks at 7:15 pm
Exhibition tours at 7:30 pm

Alice Teichert
March 19 to June 19, 2016
Janice Laking Gallery
Curator: Renée van der Avoird
Reception: Thursday, March 24, 7 to 9 pm

Alice Teichert is known for her abstract paintings that explore the formal qualities and suggestive potential of language. Featuring work from 1984 to 2016, Decipher traces the artist’s longstanding interest in text, book forms and the interstices between the literary and visual arts. Residues of language recur in Teichert’s work. Abandoning the signifying function of the written word, she incorporates illegible inscriptions into her compositions. Partially formed letters and gestural notations ask us to consider language from a visual standpoint, drawing our attention to the enigmatic space between textual perception and interpretation.

Teichert also evokes language through book forms and page spreads, an interest that stems from her training in typography, poetry and musical notation. In works such as Collaboration and That’s It?, indecipherable glyphs are contextualized as lines in a book that carries an unknown meaning, an untold story.In works such as Speed of Love and Notice, successive layers of richly pigmented glazes obscure her glyphs even further. Inspired by illuminated manuscripts and stained glass windows, Teichert applies coats of translucent colour that echo the mystery and lyricism of her cryptic notations.

A multilingual artist, poet and musician, Alice Teichert was born in Paris, France and is based in Port Hope, Ontario. She has built an international career with over thirty solo exhibitions across North America, Europe and Australia. Her work is in many collections, such as the Government of Ontario, North York; the Art Gallery of Northumberland, Cobourg; Musée de la Ville de Valence, France; and the MacLaren Art Centre, Barrie. 

Allyson Clay
Irregular Lines
March 24 to June 26, 2016
Gallery 3
Curator: Emily McKibbon

Vancouver-based artist Allyson Clay has long been interested in feminist spaces within the discursive practice of art history. Irregular Lines features recent works by Clay, including a series of interventions the artist has performed on Doreen Ehrlich’s classic textbook, Masterpieces of 20th Century Painting. In River Subversion: Twentieth Century Masterpieces, Clay immerses the book in a stream and documents it underwater. In Immarginalia, Clay paints shapes derived from works by women artists across the book’s water-damaged spreads and over the gallery walls. As Clay notes, “I am laying a map of leaking borders—traces from the spaces of women—across pages of a familiar and internalized art history.”

Allyson Clay received her BFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Halifax, and a MFA from the University of British Columbia, Vancouver. Clay has exhibited throughout Canada and internationally, with solo exhibitions at Walter Phillips Gallery, Banff; Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Victoria; Dunlop Gallery, Regina; and Numark Gallery, Washington DC. Her work is represented in the permanent collections of Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver; Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, Toronto; and the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto. Clay teaches at the School for the Contemporary Arts at Simon Fraser University.  

Janet Jones
Recent Acquisitions from DaDa Delirium
March 8 to July 3, 2016
Joan Lehman Gallery
Curator: Renée van der Avoird

Toronto painter Janet Jones probes our fascination with the contemporary moment. Her imagery is inspired by public spaces such as sterile corporate lobbies and hyper-lit urban streetscapes. Her paintings, deliberately flat and meticulously blended, are psychological impressions of the urban environment that instill a sense of wonder and trepidation towards our increasingly technological culture. Continuing our focus on recent acquisitions, this exhibition features two large-scale works from the MacLaren’s collection as a complement to our spring exhibitions of works by Canadian women artists.

Janet Jones has exhibited across Canada as well as in New York, Los Angeles, England, Germany, France and China. A Professor of Painting in the Department of Visual Art and Art History at York University in Toronto, she has served as Chair of the Department of Visual Art and Director of the MFA Graduate Program in Visual Art. Jones received her MFA from York University and her PhD from New York University in art theory and criticism. Her touring survey DaDa Delirium, presented at the MacLaren in 2010, was accompanied by a full-colour catalogue with essays by Stuart Reid and Nell Tenhaaf as well as an artist interview by Georgiana Uhlyarik.

Valerie Palmer
March 8 to June 26, 2016
Armstrong Hall

Valerie Palmer is a Michipicoten Bay-based painter whose realist works situate her human subjects in the psychologically-charged landscapes and domestic environments of Northern Lake Superior. Palmer’s Clouds (1990) features two figures, one female and one male, their bodies turned towards each other but their gazes shuttered and introspective. Both are in transition between childhood and adulthood: the boy’s features are hardening into the chiseled contours of adolescence, while the girl’s figure is softening into feminine curves. A sense of unease is accentuated by the painting’s strange perspective and the layering of a flattened interior over a rich exterior scene. This painting was acquired by the MacLaren Art Centre in 2015, and this presentation marks its first public display here.

Valerie Palmer received her BFA from the University of Manitoba in 1973, and has exhibited throughout Canada. She is represented by the Loch Gallery, Toronto and her work is held in numerous private and public collections, including the Beaverbrook Art Gallery, Fredericton, New Brunswick; the Art Gallery of Algoma, Saulte Ste. Marie; and the Art Gallery of Sudbury.

Community and Youth Programmes

SDVA Exhibition: Libby Mourant and Ryan Sobkovich: Exhale in Years
March 12 to April 4, 2016
Molson Community Gallery
Curator: Emily McKibbon

Libby Mourant and Ryan Sobkovich are third-year students in the School of Design and Visual Arts programme at Georgian College. Both are keenly invested in representational work as well as skilled colourists attuned to the world around them. Mourant’s recent work takes motherhood as its subject, examining the development of the pregnant figure and the intimacy shared between mother and child. Sobkovich, conversely, is interested in the landscape and he seeks to capture the shifting scenes around Georgian Bay in dense, impasto brushwork.

Despite the differences in their subject matter, both Mourant and Sobkovich are interested in the generative power intrinsic to our bodies and the landscape. While they capture only fragments of time in their respective paintings, there is a sense of timelessness behind the evanescence of these moments. Exhale in Years presents a sequence of paintings by Mourant and Sobkovich, mingling the lived experience of pregnancy and motherhood with scenes of the changing seasons. Taking its title from Emily Dickinson’s poem Forever is Composed of Nows, this exhibition highlights the inexorable movement of time through these elemental rites of passage. As Dickinson wrote: “Let Months dissolve in further Months – / And Years – exhale in Years.“


Libby Mourant is a Collingwood-based artist primarily working in drawing and painting. Prior to her studies at Georgian College, she trained in biology and worked in the film industry. She has exhibited her work throughout Canada, most recently in the John B. Aird Gallery in Toronto; the University of Guelph, Ridgetown Campus; Quest Gallery, Midland; York University Campus Gallery, Toronto; and at the Campus Gallery at Georgian College.

Ryan Sobkovich is a Wasaga Beach-based artist working in painting. He has exhibited his work in Canada and internationally, most recently at York University Campus Gallery, Toronto; Extra Art Gallery, Cairo, Egypt; the Ulster University Print Exchange, Belfast, Northern Ireland; and the McMichael Canadian Art Collection in Kleinburg, Ontario.