Join us for good conversation, good food, and good wine with this season’s feature artist, Winnipeg artist and renowned print maker, Miriam Rudolph!
May 30 - July 31 2019
Miriam Rudolph was born and raised in Paraguay, South America. In 2003 she moved to Canada to study Fine Arts at the University of Manitoba where she graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Honours in 2007 and a Bachelor of Education in 2010. She completed a Master of Fine Arts in Printmaking at the University of Alberta, Edmonton in February 2017. She has taught printmaking at the University of Alberta and the Alberta College for Art and Design in Calgary in 2018. She recently moved back to Winnipeg and currently teaches printmaking at the University of Manitoba. She has received numerous awards and scholarships. She has shown her work nationally and internationally in Canada, the USA, Paraguay, Portugal, Croatia, Taiwan, and China.
disPOSSESSION is a body of work that explores the accumulation of wealth of few and the displacement of many with a focus on the expansion of soy and beef production, ensuing environmental, social, and economic consequences, as well as connected indigenous land rights and peasant food sovereignty issues. Rudoloh explores the disappearance of the dry forests of the Paraguayan Chaco due to deforestation, the idea of enclosure as a symbol of privatization and capitalist systems, the struggle to maintain diversity through seed saving traditions in the face of expanding monocultures, and the displacement of local populations due to land grabs. While her research and imagery pertain to a specific region in South America, the issues she addresses are global issues and also lend themselves to comparison with Canada's – and other countries' - colonial heritage and agricultural practices.
Sets in Situations
Originally from a small town in Manitoba, Terry Hildebrand graduated with an Master of Fine Arts in Ceramics from the University of Minnesota in May 2014. He received a Bachelor of Fine Arts Honours degree from the University of Manitoba in 2007. From 2009-2011 he worked as studio technician in the ceramics department at the University of Manitoba. From 2016-2018, he taught at the Medicine Hat College while at the same time participating in residencies at Medalta and the Banff Centre. Terry has been part of numerous exhibitions in Canada and the USA, such as the Clay and Glass Gallery in Waterloo, ON, The Alberta Craft Council Gallery in Edmonton, NCECA in Minneapolis to name a few. Terry works currently as a full time artist in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
The sharing of food, drink, fellowship, and play lie at the heart of our existence and the conscious ritual and enjoyment of these are greatly enhanced by the experience of the visual and tactile senses that the ceramic wares address. Hildebrand makes ceramic work out of porcelain and stoneware, with a focus on drinking vessels. He fires the pieces in a soda, salt or wood kiln to give them a delicate flashing of reds, oranges, blues and greens. The earthy tones reflect the earthen qualities of clay. He presents his work in groupings, often on wooden or ceramic trays. Good craftsmanship, ergonomics, and visual balance are important in his work. The main purpose of his utilitarian ceramic work is undeniably its function. The ritual of its use becomes a central experience. He creates playful sets that entice the users to interact with each other and the tray. The user has to be careful and considerate with the placement of a cup, an opposition to the mass-produced, disposable plastic and paper cups. It brings back the conscious action of drinking and using a vessel. Hildebrand’s work creates a critical distance to the consumerist way of life in the user by requiring conscious considerations of the patterns, the forms and the placements of individual pieces.
McCluskey was born and raised in New Brunswick. Her oil paintings depict her concern with nature’s vanishing spaces. Predominantly self taught McCluskey studied commercial art, only to return to canvas to paint.
McCluskey’s inspiration has always been experiencing firsthand the sights, trails, and scenery of our country. She believes the dramatic ocean storms of her youth can be as exhilarating as the prairie’s amazing summer storms lighting up the skies. Anything at hand is a tool, her preference being palette knives, working the surface quickly comfortable in her unique style.
I know a place where the wild thyme blows
Kae Sasaki is a Japanese-born Winnipeg painter trained at School of Art at University of Manitoba where she received Alice Hamilton Painting Prize, Cecil C. Richards Memorial Award, Lynn Sissons Memorial Scholarship and Sculptural Experience Commission Award. Kae has been shortlisted in the Kingston Prize (2015/2017), the Salt Spring National Art Prize (2017) and the Jackson’s Open Painting Prize (2018/2019) and her studio practice has been generously supported by multiple grants from Winnipeg Arts Council and Manitoba Arts Council.
In her work, Sasaki seeks an imaginative revitalization of the narrative and atmospheric potential of painting. She negotiates the ability of painting to create visual worlds that are both familiar and extraordinary, rooted in everyday corporeal and spatial experiences, yet taking off into the synthetic domain of image-signs. The layered meanings in her paintings emanate from a profound emotional connection to life experience that allows her to engage her interest in perception, memory and narrative with the ever-evolving, often conflicting nature of contemporary Canadian painting.
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