Reception for 2015 Spring Exhibitions

Guests enjoy a talk and tour during an exhibition opening reception
MacLaren Art Centre - all galleries
Admission Free

Please join us as we celebrate our spring shows!
Thursday, March 19, 2015
7:00 to 9:00 pm
Remarks at 7:15 pm
Exhibition tours at 7:30 pm


Matt Macintosh
Type and Token
March 14 to June 21, 2015
Janice Laking Gallery
This new multimedia project by Ramara–based artist Matt Macintosh features altered photographs from the Simcoe County Archive alongside sculptural works created from these new images. Type and Token is a meditation on the emergence of culture as a response to trade within the history of Barrie. Macintosh notes, “I use abstraction as a means to sever, but not destroy, the attachments between ideas and things.” Taking as his starting point the immediate site of the MacLaren Art Centre at the time of European settlement, Macintosh traces the appropriation and emergence of trade and river routes throughout the landscape of Simcoe County suggesting parallels to early modern painting and Western conventions for producing knowledge.
Matt Macintosh is a graduate of the Master of Visual Studies programme at the University of Toronto. His work has been shown in exhibitions in Toronto, Kingston, Vancouver and New York City. He is currently the curator at the Orillia Museum of Art and History.
Dominique Rey
Under the Rose Arch
March 19 to June 28, 2015
Gallery 3
Artist Talk: Friday, March 20, 10:30 am, Campus Gallery, Georgian College. Admission free
For the past decade, Dominique Rey has been documenting Les Filles de la Croix, a disappearing Catholic order of nuns. Her investigations into the order began in her hometown of Winnipeg, and have since taken her to Brazil, Argentina and France, where she captures the quiet lives and intimate spaces of the sisters in a variety of media. Under the Rose Arch draws from this long-term, comprehensive project and—in line with Rey’s previous artistic endeavours—creates a unique platform to represent female subjects devoid of traditional gender, race and class stereotypes.
Dominique Rey (MFA, Bard College, 2007; MFA, Transart Institute, 2011) is a multidisciplinary artist whose work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, with recent presentations in Lethbridge, Winnipeg, Montréal, Toronto and Calgary. Her work is in the collections of the National Gallery of Canada, Winnipeg Art Gallery, Province of Manitoba and Wedge Collection. Rey was named Winnipeg’s Visual Arts Ambassador for the 2010 Cultural Capital of Canada.
Joseph Hartman
Recent Acquisitions
March 19 to June 28, 2015
Joan Lehman Gallery

Joseph Hartman’s series of works entitled Return is a systematic exploration of the artist’s roots in the Northern Ontario Aboriginal settlements of Heron Bay (population 480) and Collins (population 60). His parents made their homes in both settlements in the years preceding and following his birth in 1978, and the Hartman family’s time in these communities quickly fell into familial lore. Over a period of three weeks in the late summer of 2010, Hartman returned to the area to both augment and interrogate his chimerical memories of the first years of his childhood. Here, we present two works from the series: The House We Lived In, Collins, Ontario is paired with Meadow and Freight Train, Collins, Ontario showing both Hartman’s former home and the field behind it.

In contrast to the sense of community the family remembers, Hartman’s photographs are empty of people and taken in a detached, documentary style that captures the distance he experiences from these formative memories. We are often admonished to “take only photographs and leave only footprints” in our travels; in Return, such impermanence seems inevitable.

Joseph Hartman was born in Barrie and raised, largely, in Lafontaine, Ontario. He has had solo shows at the MacLaren Art Centre (Return, 2012), the Campus Gallery in Barrie and Stephen Bulger Gallery in Toronto, which represents his work. His photographs are held in numerous private and public collections, as well as at the Art Gallery of Hamilton where he currently resides.


Community and Youth Programmes

A Delicate Grief: Amy Burdick, Kirsten Meiszinger, Raven Taylor
March 5 to March 30, 2015
Curator: Renée van der Avoird
Molson Community Gallery

A Delicate Grief brings together work by Amy Burdick, Kirsten Meiszinger and Raven Taylor, all third-year students in the School of Design and Visual Arts at Georgian College. In their respective practices, each explores the implications and stigmatization of physical and mental illness. The work presented here is at once deeply personal and widely relatable, as it draws on the artists’ individual experiences to illustrate the hardships associated with various health issues.