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PAM HALL: HouseWork(s)
Guest curated by Dr. Melinda Pinfold

Pam Hall’s creative and social engagement with community is a long-standing and significant part of her artistic practice. She invites members of the public to be creative collaborators – among these, a medical school, a fish processing plant and a small rural parish hall. The house – with all of its physical, emotional, cultural, social and gendered connotations – is the broad theme of this exhibition. The works, both displayed and performed, represent the union of Hall’s solitary and collaborative practices.

Image: Pam Hall, from 32 Days Towards a House of Prayer, 2007. Linen, permanent markers, wood, twine, 11” x 11” x 16”

Rockwell Kent in Newfoundland & Labrador
May 31 – September 21, 2014

In search of the dramatic landscapes of the North, American artist Rockwell Kent (1882-1971) visited the Burin peninsula in 1910 and lived in Brigus from 1914-15. As part of the Rockwell Kent Centennial in Newfoundland, The Rooms presents paintings, drawings, prints and books from various points throughout Kent’s career, highlighting those inspired by his time here.

image: Rockwell Kent, Masthead, 1926, wood engraving on paper. The Rooms Provincial Art Gallery Collection, purchased through anonymous donation. Reproduction courtesy Plattsburgh State Art Museum, SUNY Plattsburgh, USA, Rockwell Kent Collection, Bequest of Sally Kent Gorton. All rights reserved.

April 15 – May 11
Level 4

Since 1952, the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador has celebrated excellence in the arts through the Arts and Letters Awards. This annual competition affords a special opportunity for writers, composers and visual artists – young and old, amateur and professional – to showcase their talents through a variety of media. The Rooms is pleased to present work by the winners of the visual art section, alongside those designated honorable mentions or works of merit by the adjudicators.

December 20, 2013 – April 20, 2014

Mike Gough explores the materiality of memory, alluding to personal subject matter that exists just below the surface. Navigating process and experience, his paintings transcend the autobiographical, representing desires and memories that can never be adequately translated.
This exhibition presents a new body of work created as part of the Elbow Room Residency Series

Credits: Mike Gough. Remember, You’re in Good Hands (2013). enamel, acrylic, pastel, graphite on birch panel. Collection of the artist.

December 20, 2013 – April 20, 2014
Organized in partnership with The Art Gallery of Windsor
Support of the Ontario Arts Council

Zeke Moores is inspired by what society throws away. His sculptures explore the transient nature of contemporary culture, valuing crumpled cardboard boxes, street barriers, milk crates and moving blankets. Moores reclaims these discarded and forgotten objects as the cultural artifacts of our time, recreating them in bronze and aluminum to highlight their beauty and potential. Moores was raised Conception Bay south, Newfoundland. He has lived in Halifax, new Jersey, Toronto and Windsor, where he has resided for the past ten years. In 2011 Moores was a finalist for the Sobey Art Award, Canada’s pre-eminent prize for contemporary art.

Credit: Zeke Moores. Moving Blanket (2013), cast aluminum. Bronze Boxes (2012), cast bronze. Dimensions variable.

Inner Works: Selections from the People’s Collection
Level 4

Inner Works presents significant artworks from The Rooms’ permanent collection, works that are elemental to the continuing stories of our collections and the visual arts in this province. This exhibition is enriched with information about artists, art contexts and techniques available through hands-on activities and new technologies.

December 20 , 2013 to April 20, 2014

For over thirty years, renowned American artist Jenny Holzer has presented her astringent ideas, arguments, and sorrows in public places and international exhibitions. Her medium is writing, whether formulated as a T-shirt, plaque, or LED sign, and the public dimension is integral to her work. Her text series Truisms first appeared in the late 1970s on posters anonymously pasted throughout the streets of New York City. Consisting of “truths” that are sometimes cliché, sometimes contradictory, Truisms activates critique of cultural, economic, and political conditions.
This exhibition presents a special installation of her posters for The Rooms.

Credit: from Truisms (1977–79), 1977. Offset poster. 24 x 18 in. / 61 x 45.7 cm. Installation: New York, 1977. © 1977 Jenny Holzer, member Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY

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