This week’s episode of the A Word is a conversation between myself, Cynthia Blanchette and David Stonhouse. These two are part of the exciting and dynamic BAM Collective, and we talk about the current show that’s on display there as well as what they are and what they do, and what they hope to do.
You can listen to us here. The images directly below are posters from the current show (Cynthia mentions when the space will be open near the end of our conversation) and the next exhibition that will be in the BAM space. The reception for that is the 28th of March.
Now, a few other things worth mentioning: you have until tomorrow to see the Winter Gala at the Mann Gallery. Its worth a day trip to Prince Albert, and while you’re there you can also check out an exhibition at the John V. Hicks Gallery, presented by IPAC, (the Indigenous Peoples Artist Collective). Solitaires/Solidaries is a group exhibition organized and toured by the Conseil Culturel Fransaskois (CCF) which “highlights the reality of the Fransaskois artist creating in a contemporary prairie setting. It juxtaposes the reality of the artist working in a solitary space with the experience of cultural and linguistic solidarity”. The exhibition features the work of 4 Fransaskois artist, Anne Brochu Lambert, Jean-Sébastien Gauthier, Liza Gareau Tosh and Michèle Mackasey.
I didn’t mention the Mann’s Wolf Back A Beer Campaign last week, so I mention it here: support this endeavour. Public art is important to defining and renewing a civic space. Emma Anderson’s curatorial / educational project on Wynona Mulcaster opens at the Mann on the 2nd of April: that will be an interesting piece of history that has relevant contemporary applications too.
To return to Saskatoon: the latest Toon’s Kitchen at paved is an excellent one. I have some thoughts about it here, at Ominocity. I’m hoping that I’ll continue to contribute pieces to that excellent site, as some events / exhibitions are here so briefly that it’s necessary to note them immediately (I’m still letting an idea regarding abstraction and the works of Lorenzo Dupuis, who’s currently at Art Placement, Tammi Campbell’s work at the Mendel and Robert Taite’s current exhibition at aka fester in my head….I find myself returning to the title of Dupuis’s exhibition – A New Grammar – when thinking of the language of abstraction….). It’s an important show in the Toon’s space as we don’t seem to be having a debate about immigration these days so much as we’re shouting slogans and unpleasant bile in the wake of the indentured servitude that was / is the TFW program….
The next few episodes of the A Word will be returning to event listing format, but I do hope to talk to Allison Moore, whose exhibition Video Terrarium opened last week at paved, in the next while. It may be the first interview I’ll do with the A Word that is across the Atlantic….
Looking ahead: 330 Design Group will be hosting its annual open house later this month. I’ll mention more about that next week, but their poster is below.