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New Exhibits
Christopher Pratt: The Places I Go
May 15 – September 6, 2015

Renowned painter Christopher Pratt has travelled around Newfoundland extensively, observing and recording a lifetime of changes to sites that hold memories for him. The Places I Go represents a decade of Pratt’s focused explorations through art and writing, celebrating the blend of familiarity and respect that Pratt has for his home province.


Find out more here www.therooms.ca/cpratt/

Sunset at Squid Cove

Image credit: Christopher Pratt. Sunset at Squid Cove (2004). Oil on canvas. Private collection, courtesy Mira Godard Gallery.


Jeannie Thib: Hyperflat
May 30 – September 20, 2015

Produced by Saint Mary’s University Art Gallery, Halifax
Curator: Tila Kellman

In the contemporary art exhibition “Hyperflat”, Toronto artist Jeannie Thib asks, “What if our contemporary built environments were based on ornamental botanical patterns?” Can “decorative” urban space lead to more caring relationships with our environment and with each other?

Thib uses high-tech design and fabricating techniques to rework decorative floral patterns borrowed from historical textiles and domestic surfaces. In doing so, she generates expansive reliefs and jewel-like models in contemporary industrial materials. Thib envisions botanical pattern - long marginalized as decorative and feminine - as surrounding landscape brought “home” beneath our feet. The artist replaces Modernist rectilinear design with differentiated space and thus restores ideas of the feminine and nature to the heart of world-making.

Rise

Image credit: Rise (2005). Acrylic, acrylic vitrine, wood base, paint.


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.

Image of TANYA ST-PIERRE: COLLAGE SERIES exhibit

Image Credit: Tanya St-Pierre. Collage Series (2014). Digital print.


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.

Image of TRUTH OR MYTH? exhibit

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.

Image of A GIFT OF CANADA exhibit

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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