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Exhibition Opening: Slipstream, Siphonophora & Thomson’s Painting
October 4, 2019 | 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
FREE | Give what you can
Members Reception at 7:00 PM
Exhibitions are open from October 4, 2019 to January 5, 2020
Inspired by a residency in Paris and her particular interest in making the invisible visible, Jenn E Norton combines the influence of Art Nouveau with movement reminiscent of Loïe Fuller’s (1862 – 1928) serpentine dance. Credited as an innovator of modern dance, Fuller used her voluminous robes as a performative sculptural object, radically positioning dance within a conceptual realm. Channeling theatrical strategies from a century ago, Norton employs choreographed movements and digital technologies to position the body as a site of metamorphic potential.
Jenn E Norton (Guelph, Ontario) is an interdisciplinary artist using stereoscopic interactive video, installation, sound, and kinetic sculpture. Her installation work explores the blurring boundaries of virtual and physical realms.
Choreography performed by Katie Ewald (Guelph, Ontario). Slipstream is organized and circulated by the Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery and is curated by Linda Jansma and Crystal Mowry.
Siphonophora is an immersive installation made from an assemblage of reclaimed materials that writhe and move as though part of a single collective body. Heaps of plastic become animated with movement and light in the manner of the twinkling bioluminescence of hydrozoans. The installation draws the viewer in and eventually reveals itself as a looming self-portrait of habitual consumption.
This exhibition marks 100 years since the gallery acquired Tom Thomson’s (1877-1917) painting Chill November and mines the archives of Lambton County and the Judith & Norman Alix Art Gallery to explore the history of the painting. The exhibition recognizes those that played fundamental roles in the acquisition of fine art like Norman Gurd, Dr. James MacCallum and a group of women that became the Sarnia Women’s Conservation Art Association. For the first time in fifteen years the painting is reunited with its original sketch Wild Geese: Sketch for “Chill November,” which is generously on loan from Museum London.