Past Exhibitions 2012

ProletariART: The People’s Art Exhibit

Exhibition: Friday January 27 – Friday March 2, 2012

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For 15 years, the Cape Breton University Art Gallery has hosted the Student, Faculty, Staff & Alumni Exhibition. This year marks the first annual exhibition is open to the entire community. ProletariArt 2012: The People’s Art Exhibit boasts over 140 pieces ranging from painting to sculpture, textile to mosaic, and everything in between. You won’t want to miss this exceptional display of creativity!

Sense of Place

March 20 – June 8, 2012

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Developed and circulated by the Windsor Printmaker’s Forum

Sense of Place is a cross-border print exhibition organized and circulated by the Windsor Printmaker’s Forum and juried by Iain Baxter&, Nancy Sojka (Curator, Detroit Institute of Arts) and James Patten (Director, McIntosh Gallery). The show brings together works by 36 artists from Canada and Michigan exploring the theme of place through printmaking. Ranging across traditional print techniques on traditional surfaces (such as monotypes, etchings, woodcuts, lithographs and silkscreens) to digital prints and found objects, the show maps out the broad field of contemporary printmaking practice.

Black & Blue: Wayne Boucher & Don Pentz

June 15, 2012- August 17, 2012

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This exhibition presents the work of two artists working in Nova Scotia, who for 35 years have embarked on a journey through abstract painting. Although the pursuit of these artists may differ, they do follow parallel paths in making a painting about painting. The work, first of all must be a painting as an object unto itself with the formalistic concerns of good solid composition including colour relationships and line. The paintings also extend past themselves into other places; the metaphors of relationships and stories go beyond the sources of Nova Scotia’s land and seascapes into primal evocations of spaces.

The Glass Is…

August 23 – November 9, 2012

purple border, blue background, the glass is

Glass Is… brings together contemporary projects in a variety of visual media by nine emerging Cape Breton artists. The resulting exhibition attempts to unpack the factors and ideologies that affect a new generation of artists on Cape Breton Island.

In a cultural climate that privileges traditional art forms, this exhibition explores the possibilities for contemporary artistic practices in rural Maritime regions.

Visual Poetry: The Last Vispo & Dirty Semiotics

November 16, 2012 – January 18, 2013
Book Launch & Reception: November 22, 4:00-5:00pm

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Throughout its history, visual poetry has lived on the border between literature and visual art, and thus it has sometimes been misunderstood or ignored by scholars working in those fields. And yet, there has been increased interest in recent decades, especially as the computer and photocopier have expanded visual poetry’s expressive possibilities.

This exhibit showcases pieces from two recent books of visual poetry: Dirty Semiotics (2011), by Canadian visual poet and CBU lecturer, Jesse Patrick Ferguson, and The Last Vispo Anthology: Visual Poetry 1998-2008 (2012), published in the USA and featuring work from international visual poets, including Ferguson.

Gordon Kennedy: Soft Forces

November 16, 2012 – January 18, 2013

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Soft Forces presents five recent large-scale sculptures by metal sculptor Gordon Kennedy. These works embody the gentle entanglement of forces that have shaped the artists career over the last thirty years that he has resided in Cape Breton. Natural elements, specificity of place and the embrace of the surrounding community have arched, twisted and bowed the artist in ways that are closely reflected in this most recent body of work.

Greg Davies

Phone: 902.563.1852

Catherine Arseneau
Director, Cultural Resources

Office: CE-271-A

Phone: 902.563.1326