WAG Current Exhibitions

Life on the Back of a Turtle

Woodlands and Plains Indigenous Art

Daphne Odjig, An Eternal Vision, circa 1985

Daphne Odjig (Potawatomi and Odawa, 1919 – 2016) An Eternal Vision, c. 1985  Acrylic on Canvas. Promised Gift of the ABLL Collection.

Exhibition Run: February 16, 2019 – January 25, 2020
Opening Reception: February 16, 2019 at 2 pm.
Curator: Maxine Noel, C.M.
Curator Walk and Talk: Friday, June 21, 2019, 10 am and 12:30 pm. In Honour of National Indigenous Peoples Day.

In the histories of the Anishinaabe peoples, Turtle Island began as a piece of earth placed on the back of a turtle. The soil began to grow, creating the Place of the Great Turtle’s Back. A large private collection representing the past fifty years of artwork created on Turtle Island will be exhibited together for the first time. The exhibition features the artwork of over forty artists including: Norval Morrisseau, Daphne Odjig, and Carl Beam. For more information on the Life on the Back of a Turtle, please see link below. For more information on the exhibits and to take a 3D Tour, click the Exhibitions link below. 

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Walk On: the ongoing sculpture project by John McEwen

Walk On

Exhibition Run: November 2, 2019 to June 27, 2020
Opening Reception & Book Launch: Saturday, November 2, 2pm – 4pm
Artist Talk: Wednesday, March 4, 2020 at 7 p.m., Fanshawe College Fine Art Department (London Campus)

Although there is some debate on who created the very first “installation work” in Canada, John McEwen is certainly one of the primary contenders of this distinction. It is from these early explorations of sculpture and space that began some 45+ years ago that McEwen has continued his investigation of understanding how we perceive and interact with inert forms and shapes. The works presented in this exhibition trace John McEwen’s sculpture practice throughout his career. Many of the pieces have been recently donated to the Woodstock Art Gallery.

To support this exhibition, a special limited-edition book tracing 50 years of McEwen’s practice is available for purchase in the Woodstock Art Gallery’s Gift Shop

Dancing on the Grave: Dil Hildebrand & Patrick Thibert

Dancing on the Grave

Exhibition Run: November 2, 2019 to January 25, 2020
Opening Reception: Saturday, November 2, 2pm – 4pm
Artist Walk & Talk: Saturday, November 2 at 3pm

Featuring recent works by Dil Hildebrand and Patrick Thibert, the tongue-in-cheek title of this exhibition conjures up associations to mortality and re-birth, but more directly references the genre of abstraction. In the last 100 years, abstraction has been sought after, theorized, given life and meaning to, only to be re-interpreted and re-invented many times over. Both Hildebrand and Thibert are part of this complex and faceted trajectory, coming to abstraction from their own individual positions of experience and place. Seen together, the works of Hildebrand and Thibert reveal shared common links but also the diverse tangents that the genre of abstraction possesses.

This exhibition is co-produced by the Woodstock Art Gallery and the Art Gallery of Burlington.

Evolutionary Art by ErikFlock
Featuring Algorithmic Art Animation by F A.M. E

ErikFlock CommunionMan and CommunionWoman

ErikFlock, CommunionMan (left) and CommunionWoman (right).

Exhibition Run: November 2, 2019 to January 25, 2020
Opening Reception: Saturday, November 2, 2pm – 4pm
Artist Talk: Wednesday, January 29, 2020 at 6pm

Mathematical Artist ErikFlock (a.k.a. F A.M. E) began his artistic career in Evolutionary Art in 2014 with a self-devised mathematical formula and a computer. ErikFlock is a digital colourist and mathematical theorist. He is the inventor of Digital Press Ink (DPI) for Digital Machine Art (Digimacha). ErikFlock envisions an algorithm to predict a pattern of prime numbers in a square, defines this pattern as a digital algorithm and creates a process to produce evolutionary art of artistic and technical merit "of equivalent infinity and figurative plausibility." His belief, simply stated, "Art Made Man."

The Artist's Landscape

Tim Zuck (American/Canadian, 1947 -) Moored Boat c. 1992 Lithograph on paper

Exhibition Run: July 13 - October 12, 2019
Opening Reception: Wednesday July 17, 2019 at 5pm.
Curated by: Julia deKwant

The Artist's Landscape brings together unlikely works from the permanent collection to explore the artist lens as they capture the world around us


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