Museum London, October 07, 2021
GardenShip and State is now open at Museum London! The exhibition features works produced over a two-year period – the results of conversations between the artists and writers, oftentimes with members of their local communities. GardenShip and State was curated by Jeff Thomas and Visual Arts Professor Patrick Mahon and features several Department of Visual Arts students and alumni.
September 14, 2021
Patrick Mahon and Annemarie Hou's collaborative work "Design for a Dissemunization Station (D4DS)" is on view now as part of the Immune Nations exhibition at McMaster Museum of Art.
September 08, 2021
"Plastic Heart: Surface All the Way Through" is on view now at The Art Museum at the University of Toronto. Curated by the Synthetic Collective which includes Department of Visual Arts Professors Kirsty Robertson and Kelly Wood and MFA Alum Tegan Moore.
John Hatch, CBC Arts, July 14, 2021
In the article, "How Kazuo Nakamura helped pioneer abstract art in Canada after surviving B.C. internment camps" published in CBC Arts, John Hatch discusses his new book "Kazuo Nakamura: Life & Work".
Leuven University Press, June 21, 2021
Sarah Bassnett chapter “Witnessing the Trauma of Undocumented Migrants in Mexico,” is now published in the new book, Contact Zones: Photography, Migration, and Cultural Encounters in the United States, edited by Justin Carville and Sigrid Lien. Open Access URI
Art Canada Institute, June 17, 2021
The Art Canada Institute (ACI) is pleased to announce the release of Kazuo Nakamura: Life & Work by Professor and Chair of the Department of Visual Arts, John G. Hatch. Kazuo Nakamura: Life & Work is the first biography to tell the story of Nakamura’s intriguing life and storied career, from his childhood in Vancouver and his experiences as a wartime internee to his role in Painters Eleven and the culmination of his career in the number series paintings. An iconic Canadian painter who blended Western and Eastern influences, Nakamura was profoundly inspired by mathematics, science, and philosophy as well as art history. His achievements reflect the pivotal diversification of Canadian art in the twentieth century. Kazuo Nakamura: Life & Work is an open-source online art book— available free of charge, in both English and French.
"Midcentury Metamodern: Returning Home in the Twenty-First-Century Nostalgia Film" by Christine Sprengler
SUNY Press, June 17, 2021
Professor Christine Sprengler's publishes a chapter titled "Midcentury Metamodern: Returning Home in the Twenty-First-Century Nostalgia Film" in the new book "Was It Yesterday? Nostalgia in Contemporary Film and Television", edited by Matthew Leggatt⠀
Tate Etc., June 17, 2021
Sky Glabush publishes an article about the painter John Constable in the summer issue of Tate Etc., the art magazine of the Tate.
Keri Ferguson, Western News, May 27, 2021
Western’s new Centre for Sustainable Curating looks to shed light on ecological issues and share them through stories grounded in environmental awareness. "Together We Average as Zero", curated by Dr. Kirsty Robertson's MCS4605E Museum and Curatorial Practicum class. Photo by Dickson Bou
May 14, 2021
Please join us on May 27 for the virtual launch of the Centre for Sustainable Curating. The Centre for Sustainable Curating is located in the Department of Visual Arts at Western University. The CSC encourages research into waste, pollution, and climate crisis, and the development of exhibitions and artworks with low carbon footprints. At this event, we will present work from postdocs, host a panel on Radical Pedagogy and Curation, and launch the Synthetic Collective’s catalogue Plastic Heart: A DIY Fieldguide for Reducing the Environmental Impact of Art Exhibitions. Registration required.
"The New Politics of the Handmade: Craft, Art and Design" edited by alum Anthea Black (MFA'12) and Nicole Burisch
April 30, 2021
The New Politics of the Handmade: Craft, Art and Design is a publication on contemporary craft politics edited by alum Anthea Black (MFA' 12) and Nicole Burisch. This volume features twenty-three authors, including Professor Kirsty Robertson's essay titled Secret Stash: Textiles, Hoarding, Collecting, Accumulation and Craft.
April 30, 2021
The Embassy Cultural House (ECH) and GardenShip and State are pleased to present a virtual group exhibition Stop Extinction! Restore the Earth to celebrate Earth Day, April 22, 2021. Work in the exhibit features several artists from the Department of Visual Arts, within the ECH community and Gardenship and State participating artists. Artworks in the exhibit address the broad issues related to the climate crisis, and other threats to our ecology. Works also address the intersection of sustainable living and the respect for Indigenous land rights. Registration Required.
April 16, 2021
Congratulations to the Department of Visual Arts part-time faculty member, Anna Madelska for winning the Angela Armitt Award For Excellence In Teaching By Part-Time Faculty!
UPwithART, April 09, 2021
We’re proud to support #UPwithART ! This annual fundraiser for Unity Project for Relief of Homelessness and Museum London is taking place online this year from April 18 to 24. Join us for an online art auction with 60+ pieces of local art, many created by current and past members of the Department of Visual Arts including: Quinn Smallboy (MFA), Ruth Strebe (BFA), Matthew Trueman (MFA), Gabriella Solti (MFA), Sharmistha Kar (MFA), Prof. Soheila Esfahani, Mike Pszczonak (MFA), Kim Neudorf (MFA), Kelly Greene (BFA), Prof. Tricia Johnson, George Kubresli (MFA), Prof. Patrick Mahon. View the art and register for free at UPwithART.ca . Make sure to register before April 20 to be entered to win a lithograph by Peter Max valued at $2,500.
"The Retablos of Teabo and Mani: The Evolution of Renaissance Altars in Colonial Yucatán" by Dr. Cody Barteet
Arts, Volume 10, Issue 2, April 09, 2021
Cody Barteet's article "The Retablos of Teabo and Mani: The Evolution of Renaissance Altars in Colonial Yucatán" published and available now on MDPI.
March 18, 2021
Congratulations to Professor Soheila Esfahani whose work is included in the group exhibition "Facing Time" currently on view at the Surrey Art Gallery in British Columbia. "The artworks in this exhibition, while mostly created before the pandemic, speak to the current moment of facial interfaces and increased digital activity."
March 18, 2021
Satellite Project Space is honoured to present a focused retrospective by the important artist, educator, and mentor, Sheila Butler. Curated by Pamela Edmonds and Patrick Mahon, the exhibition brings together 20 paintings and works on paper spanning 35 years of artistic production. Presented by Museum London and Arts & Humanities, Western University.
March 04, 2021
The McIntosh Gallery will be re-opening the gallery by appointment with "Written on Earth" a group exhibition curated by Helen Gregory and project managed by Patrick Mahon, presented in collaboration with the Northern Tornadoes project at Western Engineering. The exhibition features work by Hannah Claus, Joel Ong, and several members of the Department of Visual Arts including, Prof. Patrick Mahon, Ph.D. candidates Ellen Moffat & Eeva Siivonen, and MFA Alum Matthew Trueman.
March 03, 2021
Currently installed in the Artlab Vitrine: 息抜き / ikinuki: to relax, to take a breather by Holly Granken. Curated and organized by Artlab’s intern, Sam Wagter.
Journal of Cinema and Media Studies, February 16, 2021
Christine Sprengler's article "Paratextual Encounters of Four Kinds: Blade Runner and Cinematic Memory" now published in the Journal of Cinema and Media Studies.
February 16, 2021
Join Sky Glabush for a 30-minute conversation as he provides a virtual walk through of his current solo-exhibition with the Philip Martin Gallery, "The Caged Lark," Today at 1pm ET on Zoom. Registration required.
OBORO, February 10, 2021
The works in the exhibition Press Record comment through a sonic filter on micro-gestures and furtive strategies, plastic waste and manufacturing processes, sited scatterings and dispersal systems. Here, sound is present as both potential and material, reference and inference. The exhibition features three distinct bodies of work: Micro (2014), 4 feet and 33 inches (2014-2017), and Record Release (2012-2020). Image: Christof Migone, Tokyo (video still), 2017
Dunlop Art Gallery, February 10, 2021
Patrick Mahon joins Rachelle Viader Knowles and Sean Caufield of the VacZineNations! project to discuss the role of art as practice-led research in exploring complex geographic and social perspectives on vaccinations.
Artlab Gallery, February 04, 2021
Upcoming at the Artlab is Symphony of Lights: An Exploration of Stained-Glass Windows in St. John the Evangelist Anglican Church, London, ON. In this exciting collaboration, artist Anahí González, curator Iraboty Kazi, and Dr. C. Cody Barteet explore the visual and aural sensations of being inside St. John the Evangelist Anglican Church in London, Ontario. Videos and photographs taken by González during visits to the church inspire explorations of the stained-glass windows in relation to art and local history. This exhibition is a part of Dr. Barteet’s research program, "Preserving the Cultural and Artistic Heritage of St. John the Evangelist, London, Ontario as a Model for the Anglican Diocese of Huron," a project funded by the University of Western Ontario.
Debora Van Brenk, Western News, February 04, 2021
Gallery Manager Ruth Skinner discusses the recent exhibition 'Distance makes the heart grow weak" with Western News. Learn more about how the pandemic promoted a show of 'seperate togtherness'.
Philip Martin Gallery, January 27, 2021
Philip Martin Gallery is proud to present Sky Glabush's first exhibition at the gallery. Entitled "The Caged Lark," after a sonnet written by Gerard Manley Hopkins in 1877, Sky Glabush's exhibition features large-scale oil-on-canvas paintings completed by the London, Ontario-based artist over the course of the past year.
January 21, 2021
The Department of Visual Arts at Brock University presents, The Walker Cultural Leader Series featuring an engaging talk from artists Jamelie Hassan and Ron Benner on Monday, Jan. 18. View the recorded presentation on the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts YouTube channel.
January 20, 2021
Congratulations to Prof. Kirsty Roberston for her success in the most recent SSHRB competition for a project titled, "Imagining Change: Three Events for the Centre for Sustainable Curating".
Renewing the Social Contract: Economic Recovery in Canada from COVID-19, January 20, 2021
Patrick Mahon, FRSC, Messagers’ Series: Satellite II (2018-19) was featured on the cover of the RSC report titled, Renewing the Social Contract: Economic Recovery in Canada from COVID-19. Patrick Mahon’s series entitled Messagers, of which Satellite II is one element, is a set of approximately 15 handmade, wall-mounted constructions made of wood veneer strips, painted silver and grey.
Ruth Skinner, Artlab Gallery, January 13, 2021
Every few years, the Artlab Gallery at Western University hosts a Faculty and Staff exhibition. These exhibitions are important opportunities for fostering a sense of community in the Visual Arts Department: students are able to see their instructors and mentors at work, and colleagues have a chance to share in each other's research. 2020 was a year like no other, and so the Artlab is leaning into the present with a collective address to this moment of separate togetherness. "Distance makes the heart grow weak" invites faculty, staff and graduate students to speak to how they've been experiencing the last year.
December 08, 2020
December 12 from noon to midnight GMT (7-7 EST, 5-5 CST, 4-4 PST) on Resonance Extra, Wave Farm, and YouTube Live. A radio-but-not-really-radio event where you and you and you momentarily, tentatively, expectantly share the same nonplace.
December 07, 2020
John Hatch will be delivering a virtual talk to the Fine Arts College of Shanghai University Monday, December 14, titled “Radical Creativity: Trends and Bends in Modern Art and Architecture.”
November 30, 2020
Join Forest City Gallery and Prof. Kirsty Robertson on Instagram Live as she discusses art in isolation with local artists. December 3rd, 2020, 7 pm ET on Instagram @forestcitygallery
November 24, 2020
Professor John Hatch will present a lecture titled: "A Brief Survey of Some Absurd but Critical Moments in Modern Art" at The College of Arts and Media at Tongji University (Shanghai) online, Friday, November 27, 2020.
"Undocumented Migration and Political Community in Susan Meiselas’s Crossings Photographs" by Sarah Bassnett
Sarah Bassnett, Panorama: Journal of the Association of Historians of American, November 23, 2020
Professor Sarah Bassnett has recently published “Undocumented Migration and Political Community in Susan Meiselas’s Crossings Photographs,” Panorama: Journal of the Association of Historians of American Art 6, no. 2 (Fall 2020), available to all through the open-access, online journal.
Art Gallery of Ontario, November 02, 2020
"The Left Space" is a new digital commission by internationally renowned artist and Western University alumnus Brendan Fernandes, created specifically for this moment in time and for the AGO, that considers how we, the global left, have found ourselves in this predicament. Developed and choreographed for webcam and the grid formation of Zoom, custom backdrops by graphic designer Jerome Harris and on-and-off camera sequences will intervene and aesthetically connect a team of dancers from Hit and Run Productions performing from their homes around the world, with a score by DJ Karsten Sollors.
John G. Hatch, Art Canada Institute, October 05, 2020
“Kazuo Nakamura: Life & Work” by John G. Hatch will be released in June 2021 by the Art Canada Institute. Painters Eleven co-founder Kazuo Nakamura (1926–2002) was one of the great Canadian artists of the twentieth century, famous for his muted landscapes and his abstract compositions.
Department of Visual Arts, September 15, 2020
The Department of Visual Arts is pleased to present the Fall 2020 Art Now Speakers' Series, which will be offered online, via Zoom Webinar. Links to attend the session and a full list of speakers can be found on the Department of Visual Arts Website. All lectures are free and open to the public!
Thames Art Gallery, September 01, 2020
Patrick Mahon's newest exhibition extends from his longstanding practice with print media, sculpture, and art projects that engage themes of environment, and decolonization. With "Messagers' Forum", Mahon addresses a world filled with beauty, contradiction, and injustice to ask two essential questions, "Can we be "Messagers" that connect, build, hope, and dream - together? And if so, "How do we reach across?" Patrick Mahon will be at the gallery to give an overview of the exhibit: Friday, September 18, 2020 at 7:00PM Saturday, September 19, 2020 at 2:00PM Please register as spaces are limited: CKartgallery@chatham-kent.ca
Jennifer O'Brien, Western News, September 01, 2020
Visual Arts Pofessor Tricia Johnson discusses her transition to online learning with Western News. Learn more about her approach which includes a voice-thread on her class website asking students to contribute their work and works-in-progress and talk to one another about them.
Patrick Mahon and Annemarie Hou, Imaginations, August 31, 2020
"Reflecting on the Genesis and Realization of Design for a Dissemunization Station" by Western Visual Arts Faculty member Patrick Mahon and Annemarie Hou, has been published in the journal "Imaginations" as part of the the exhibition, “Immune Nations” exhibition.
Philip Martin Gallery, July 23, 2020
Watch a recording of an artist talk by Studio Arts Faculty Sky Glabush hosted by Philip Martin Gallery where he discussed his studio practice, and what he's working on next.
Brandon Watson, Western News, July 17, 2020
Congratulations to Professor Kirsty Robertson, recipient of the Western University Green Award for weaving sustainability principles into her course curriculum and focusing on collaboration in the face of an ecological crisis.
Sarah Bassnett, photographies, May 20, 2020
Sarah Bassnett has recently published “LIFE Magazine in Africa and the Ideology of Modernization.” photographies 13, no. 2 (2020): 273-293, DOI: 10.1080/17540763.2020.1734065, available by log-in via Western Libraries for Faculty, Students, and Staff.
ARLIS/NA, May 04, 2020
Tear Gas Epiphanies: Protest, Culture, Museums by Kirsty Robertson, an original scholarly examination of the phenomenon of protest within and against Canadian museums, was presented with the 29th annual Melva J. Dwyer Award by the Art Libraries Society of North America’s (ARLIS/NA) Canada Chapter. The book was published in 2019 by McGill-Queen’s University Press (MQUP).
Paul Mayne, Western News, April 22, 2020
SSHRC Insight Grants support research excellence by both emerging and established scholars for long-term initiatives. Visual Arts Faculty member Patrick Mahon, was awarded $201,890, for his project "GardenShip and State: Art and the Environment as a Commons".
March 08, 2020
David Merritt’s ‘aweigh’ opens Friday, March 13 @ 7 pm at 'empty gallery' in Victoria BC. The artist will be in attendance.
Deborah Van Brenk, Western News, March 02, 2020
Visual Arts professor Kirsty Roberston, Director of Museum and Curatorial Studies, has led students in creating an exhibition reflecting on the vision of architect Buckminster Fuller. The nine students created individual projects and managed different aspects of the exhibition, including writing essays, graphic design, promotion, marketing and fundraising.
Heather Rivers, London Free Press, March 02, 2020
On his latest break from the classroom, Western University Visual Arts professor Sky Glabush went to prisons in one of the poorest countries in South America, invited there to help inmates cope with the crushing desolation of prison through art. Not the sabbatical most academics would choose, Glabush said it was a “life-changing” experience. Read the full story via the London Free Press.
Cody Barteet, CAA Annual Conference, March 01, 2020
Professor Cody Barteet Presented a lecture titled: "Barriers, Borders, and Boundaries in the Early Modern World" at the The College Art Association (CAA) Annual Conference in Chicago in February, 2020.
Artlab Gallery, February 24, 2020
Join us for the opening reception of an exhibition was curated by students in MCS4605E, our Museum and Curatorial Studies Practicum Class. Opening Reception: Thursday, February 27 from 5-7PM, at the Artlab Gallery. The exhibition continues February 27 - March 12, 2020
Sonia Preszcator, Western News, February 13, 2020
Visual Arts professor Sky Glabush spent a week of his recent sabbatical in Georgetown, Guyana, helping to pilot a project to bring art to the inmates of Timehri and Lusignan Prisons earlier this month. Read the full story in Western News.
Chris Hampton, National Gallery Magazine, January 31, 2020
Sky Glabush, studio faculty member, discusses storytelling, spirituality, and his artistic process with National Gallery Magazine.
January 27, 2020
Art Now! Presents: Jamelie Hassan & Ruth Skinner; Presented in partnership with SASAH. Thursday, January 30, 2020 in Conron Hall, UC 3110.
University of Victoria, January 15, 2020
On January 15, Studio Faculty member Sky Glabush gave an artist lecture at the University of Victoria in British Columbia.
January 14, 2020
In response to increased need for digital production and presentation space, The Department of Visual Arts will be undergoing a renovation in January-March 2020 to create a new “Digital Creativity Lab”. This new flex-space will facilitate student and faculty photo, video, audio, and digital production and presentation.