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FOLKLORE AND OTHER PANICS
January 17 – April 26, 2015

This exhibition considers storytelling as a central yet shifting measurement for communal identity. Artists working in a wide range of materials explore how themes in folklore can inform contemporary art and society, while navigating ideas of preservation in the face of change, mark-making as personal record, and the nature of authority. The gallery space will be activated with impromptu performances by artists and musicians throughout the exhibition.

Artists: Joshua Bonnetta, Kay Burns, Janice Wright Cheney, Mark Clintberg, Michael Flaherty, Kym Greeley & Erika Stephens-Moore, Lee Henderson, Duane Linklater, Jerry Ropson, Steve Topping and Michael Waterman.

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Image Credit: Mark Clintberg. Passion Over Reason / La passion avant la raison (2014). Fabric, thread. Limited edition series of handmade quilts Conceived and designed by Mark Clintberg. Made by the Winds and Waves Artisan’s Guild. Produced by Fogo Island Arts in partnership with the artist, Winds and Waves Artisan’s Guild, the Fogo Island Inn, and the Shorefast Foundation.


YOUNG & GIROUX: INFRASTRUCTURE CANADA
January 31 – April 12, 2015
Co-produced with Oakville Galleries

Over the past decade, Canadian artist duo Daniel Young and Christian Giroux have created an acclaimed body of work that critically explores the built environment. Their latest project, Infrastructure Canada (2010–2012), completes a trilogy of conceptual films created by the artists that depict the systematic production of space. For the exhibition, the artists will incorporate architectural images from The Rooms collections, speaking to the built vernacular found in this province.

ARTIST TALK February 1st, 2 pm

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Image Credit: Daniel Young & Christian Giroux. Infrastructure Canada (installation view at Oakville Galleries), (2012).


AUDREY HURD: UNTIL IT REMEMBERS YOU
January 17 – April 26, 2015

St. John’s-based multidisciplinary artist Audrey Hurd has created three pillars that archive a history of hugging and invite public participation. Working with cement, plaster, and memory foam, Hurd investigates how material can record different levels of permanence and reflects poetically on human relations. Hurd is the latest artist in The Rooms Elbow Room Residency Series, which provides the resources and space for emerging artists to develop a new body of work, resulting in an accompanying exhibition and publication.

ARTIST TALK January 28, 7 pm

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Image Credit: Daniel Young & Christian Giroux. Infrastructure Canada (installation view at Oakville Galleries), (2012).


TANYA ST-PIERRE: COLLAGE SERIES
January 17 – September 13, 2015

Collage Series features thirty-two composite images by Quebec-based artist Tanya St-Pierre. The work represents a space somewhere between fact and fiction, symbol and pure composition. St-Pierre’s collages interpret, while rendering poetic, the work of Newfoundland and Labrador women during the First and Second World Wars. Researching intensely in The Rooms Provincial Archives for a two-week period in August 2014, St-Pierre carefully looked over hundreds of archival documents and selected the primary material for the collages. By cutting out fragments of history from archival sources, and blending the two time periods, the collages operate like a metaphor for the disruption that occurs during wartime, and the lives torn in the context of these moments of strong cultural tension and social transition.

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Image Credit: Daniel Young & Christian Giroux. Infrastructure Canada (installation view at Oakville Galleries), (2012).


LYNE LAPOINTE: PERCHES | PERCHOIRS
January 17 – April 26, 2015
Organized and circulated by the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal as part of its Momentum series, with support of the Department of Canadian Heritage through its Museums Assistance Program.

Highlighting major works from the Collection of the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, this exhibition - which features drawing, collage and painting - draws from a body of work which Lyne Lapointe created from 1998 to 2002. Lapointe’s career began to flourish in the 1980s, and she soon made a name for herself as one of the most remarkable artists of her generation. Her use of uncommon, carefully chosen images and motifs stems from her longstanding interest in popular and historical sources, and her fascination with animal imagery and geometric figures. The notion of metamorphosis emerges in her work as a fundamental element of meaning, a way of exploring the complexity of knowledge.

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Image Credit: Lyne Lapointe. Perchoirs, 2002. [Perches]. Graphite and oil on Armenia paper mounted overall on plywood, iron, 20 painted glass plates, painted wood frame. 220 x 246 x 14 cm. Collection: Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal.


TRUTH OR MYTH?
February 27, 2015 - Ongoing

Truth or Myth? poses the following questions: What defines us as Newfoundlanders and Labradorians? What events and characteristics make us who we are? Artworks reflect on issues of personal, cultural and political identity, including our economy, the cod and seal fisheries, resettlement, the development of our natural resources, confederation with Canada and referenda. Through unique pairings of artworks this thematic exhibition explores identity through painting, printmaking, photography and sculpture drawn from The Rooms Permanent Collection. Featuring writing and reflections by local actor and writer Andy Jones.

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Image Credit: Barbara Pratt, Tanker (2011). Oil on canvas. The Rooms Provincial Art Gallery Government of Newfoundland and Labrador Collection


THE EDWIN R. PROCUNIER COLLECTION: A GIFT OF CANADA
February 27, 2015 – October 18, 2015
I collected scenes of all corners of Canada, a conscious matter of trying to celebrate the beauty of our country...

Edwin R. Procunier (1927-2011) began gifting art to his home province of Newfoundland & Labrador in 1985. The 372 paintings, drawings, prints and sculptures he donated make up the Edwin R. Procunier Collection, and are in the care of The Rooms. They represent Procunier’s love of art, of Canada and of Newfoundland & Labrador. The collection is both historical and contemporary, focusing primarily on landscape, but also includes still lifes and portraits. This exhibition presents highlights of the Edwin R. Procunier Collection, in celebration of his generosity.

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Image Credit: Emily Carr, Untitled (Forest Scene), undated. Oil on paper, 60.7 x 34.7 cm.The Rooms Provincial Art Gallery, Edwin R. Procunier Collection at The Rooms


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