Graphic Underground: London 1977-1990 book launch and signing event

Graphic Underground book launch poster

Graphic Underground: London 1977-1990 book launch and signing event
WHEN: Saturday December 7 from 2:00 P.M to 7:00 P.M.
LOCATION: The APK, 347 Clarence Street

Published by McIntosh Gallery, Graphic Underground: London 1977 - 1990 accompanies the exhibition of the same name. 

Curated by Brian Lambert and held at Forest City Gallery in late 2012, this McIntosh Gallery exhibition documented graphic works, primarily in the form of gig posters and zines, by the artists whose output was the public face of a vital and prolific art and music community which spans the efforts of several generations of London’s underground culture.

As an ideal gift for the holidays, this lavishly illustrated, limited edition 250-page book includes texts by Tom Carmichael, Glenn Grant, Anna Hudson, Brian Lambert, Jan Maxwell, Mike Niederman, Rena O'Halloran, Ben Portis, Judith Purdy, and Chaz Vincent. 

"With the launch of the catalogue Graphic Underground: London 1977-1990, there’s a trip back to punk’s glory days, scholarly insights that blitz along like a Demics’ song and more than 500 images, many in  full colour —all of them seemingly stabbed onto the page with cool, raging punk passion." - James Reaney of The London Free Press with Graphic gift for a punk Christmas

Join us on Saturday December 7 from 2:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M for a public book launch and signing event with period punk music by DJ Lucky Pete and WWDave and hors d'oeuvres by Joan Brennan (cash bar).  For more information, contact McIntosh Gallery at mcintoshgallery@uwo.ca or 519-661-3181.

The Art and Architecture of Paris course

Notre Dame de Paris
The Art and Architecture of Paris
INSTRUCTOR: Mary Redekop
SCHEDULE: Thursdays, 1:00 P.M. to 3:30 P.M. from October 24 to November 28, 2013
FEE: $200
LOCATION: To be determined upon registration

McIntosh Gallery is pleased to offer The Art and Architecture of Paris, a six week course given by the renowned art educator Mary Rekekop.

Perhaps the most romantic city in Europe, Paris has been the centre of the artistic world off and on for a millennium.  The Romans established an important city there and have left us the Baths of Cluny and the Arènes de Lutece. The martyrdom of Paris’s first bishop, Saint Denis, gave birth to the earliest of the French Christian churches which evolved over the centuries to become the birthplace of the Gothic style. It was Francis I who brought the Renaissance to Paris, shortly followed by the impressive Baroque world of Louis XIV and the delightful Rococo salons and boudoirs of Louis XVI’s era. This course will examine the didactic Neo-Classicism of David and Ingres, the lyrical Romanticism of Claude Lorraine and Delacroix, and the charming Naturalism of Chardin and Corot. Courbet’s new passion for Realism will lead us into the modern era, followed by Manet and the Impressionists, Post-Impressionists, the Cubists, Dadas and Surrealists. Some of Paris’s more recent architectural developments, such as La Defense and La Villette, will also be explored.

About Mary Redekop

After a thirty-five year career teaching visual arts in secondary schools in Toronto and London and sharing her love of Europe, its art and its ambience with adolescents and mature students, award-winning lecturer Mary Redekop has moved on to other forms of teaching and travel. Currently, she is an instructor in Art History in the School of Continuing Studies at the University of Toronto where she has twice won the Excellence in Education Award and has led more than sixty trips to various parts of Europe to share her passion for its culture with her travellers. Mary holds a BA and an MA in Art History from the University of Toronto and has studied at the Sorbonne and Boston University.

To register or for more information, contact Susan Henderson, Alumni Relations & Development, at 519-661-2111 ext. 85871, or susan.henderson@uwo.ca.

Fall Preview Day – UCC  Drop-In Centre

Fall Preview Day

Fall Preview Day – UCC  Drop-In Centre
WHEN: Saturday November 16, 2013 from 9:00 A.M. to 3:30 P.M.
Western University, UCC atrium

McIntosh Gallery is pleased to once again be part of Fall Preview Day at Western University.  Taking place on Saturday November 16, 2013, Fall Preview Day offers prospective students an in depth look at Western’s academic programs and residences, as well as its strong network of support services and its beautiful campus.

As part of the UCC Drop-In Centre, McIntosh Gallery work study students and volunteers will be on hand to provide information about the many exciting things taking place at the gallery and how you can get involved.

Join us for Fall Preview Day and take advantage of this opportunity to learn why Western offers the best student experience among Canadian universities.

For more information, contact Kay Nadalin, Communications and Outreach Coordinator, at knadali@uwo.ca.

Carol Wainio: The Book Exhibition Tour for International Week at Western University

Western University Internation Week poster

Carol Wainio: The Book Exhibition Tour
WHEN: Thursday November 14, 2013 from 2:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M.
McIntosh Gallery

As part of International Week at Western University, McIntosh Gallery is pleased to present a guided tour of the acclaimed exhibition Carol Wainio: The Book.

Lead by James Patten, Director and Chief Curator at McIntosh Gallery, this tour offers insight into the work of Ottawa painter Carol Wainio and her recent reflections on the changing and contradictory role of representation.

Drawing on rich and varied sources such as La Vie Privée et Publique des Animaux (The Private and Public Lives of Animals) by the 19th-century illustrator J. J. Grandville, which depicts the ‘social class’ of animals by dressing them in human clothes, and illustrations for familiar folktales such as Puss in Boots, Wainio’s paintings evoke a mood of disenchantment and loss rather than wonder.

Join us on Thursday November 14, 2013 from 2:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M. and enjoy this guided tour as one of the final opportunities to view Carol Wainio: The Book at McIntosh Gallery before it closes.

For more information, contact McIntosh Gallery at 519-661-3181 or mcintoshgallery@uwo.ca.

Bowie and Ai WeiWei - Art Gallery of Ontario Trip

David Bowie
WHAT: David Bowie and Ai WeiWei - Art Gallery of Ontario Trip
WHEN: Tuesday October 22, 2013
TICKETS: $99 general, $95 seniors and Western alumni (includes transportation, admission, audio guides, snacks and gratuities)

The Art and Travel Committee of McIntosh Gallery is pleased to present its premiere trip to David Bowie is and Ai Weiwei: According to What? at the Art Gallery of Ontario.

Spanning five decades and featuring more than 300 objects from David Bowie's personal archive, David Bowie is celebrates the groundbreaking artist's collaborations in the fields of fashion, sound, theatre, art and film through this multisensory experience. 

Featuring photographs, sculpture, installation art and audio and video pieces, Ai Weiwei: According to What? examines how the artist spotlights the complexities of a changing world and probes such issues as freedom of expression, individual and human rights, the power of digital communication and the range of creative practice that characterizes contemporary art today both in China and globally.

The bus will depart from London to Toronto from the west side of the parking lot at Westmount Mall behind the Cineplex Theatre at 7:30 AM.  The tour of David Bowie is will begin at 10:00 AM. Lunch and a tour of Ai Weiwei: According to What? will be at the responsibility of trip participants.  The bus will depart promptly at 3:00 PM to return to London.

Limited tickets available. 

For more information or to purchase tickets, contact Lore Brown at lorebrown@start.ca or Shelagh Martin at smartin260@hotmail.com.

In Praise of Affective Form: The Book and its Ruin in the Art of Carol Wainio - A lecture by Randy Innes, PhD

Randy Innes plenary talk poster
“In Praise of Affective Form: The Book and its Ruin in the Art of Carol Wainio” - A lecture by Randy Innes, PhD, Department of Visual Arts, University of Ottawa  
WHEN: October 18, 2013 at 4:30 PM
WHERE: Conron Hall, University College, Western University

Presented by McIntosh Gallery and the Canadian Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies as part of the international conference Enlightenment Constellations

Join Randy Innes, Carol Wainio and conference delegates after the lecture for a reception at McIntosh Gallery featuring the exhibition Carol Wainio: The Book, organized by Carleton University Art Gallery, Ottawa. 

For more information, visit http://csecs-scedhs2013.ca or contact contact@csecs-scedhs2013.ca.

Blood in the Soil: An Evening with Larry Towell


WHAT: Blood in the Soil: An Evening with Larry Towell
WHEN: September 24, 2013 at 7 PM – 9 PM
WHERE: Conron Hall, University College, Western University

In a unique celebration of photography, music and storytelling, Magnum photographer Larry Towell and harmonica virtuoso Mike Stevens will be performing “Blood in the Soil” at Western.  

“Blood in the Soil” is Towell’s new music CD featuring a film shot at the Drake Hotel in Toronto in 2010. His live performance incorporates slides and video combined with original music, poetry, songs, and field recordings. Along with playing the guitar, bones, and musical saw, he is accompanied by Mike Stevens on harmonica.
Poet, musician and photographer, Larry Towell is Canada’s first photographer to be associated with Magnum, one of the world’s most prestigious photo agencies. He has documented war and civilian victims of war in El Salvador, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Palestine, Lebanon, Vietnam, New York City on 9/11, and Afghanistan, as well as the anti-globalization movements in North America, the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, and the activities of the Idle No More Movement in Canada. His fascination with landlessness led him to the Mennonite migrant workers of Mexico. His projects have won many international awards including, World Press, POY, the Hasselblad, Albert Eisenstadt, the Henri Cartier-Bresson award, the Prix Nadar, and the Paul de Hueck and Norman Walford Career Achievement Award for Art Photography.
Mike Stevens has played on the stage of the Grande Ole Opry more than 300 times, toured the world extensively, and is both composer and performer on his eight compact disc recordings. He is founder of ArtsCan Circle, which sends musicians to remote Canadian communities to link with Indigenous youth at risk.
Presented by the Public Humanities at Western in partnership with McIntosh Gallery, the Arts and Humanities Students' Council, and the Centre for Social Concern (King's College).

For more information, visit http://www.uwo.ca/arts/pages/public-humanities.html.

Sweet Magic London

Sweet Magic London

WHAT: Sweet Magic London
WHEN: Friday September 20, 2013 at 10 PM (doors at 9 PM)
Saturday September 21, 2013 at 7:30 PM (doors at 7 PM)
Sunday September 22, 2013 at 9 PM (doors at 8 PM)
WHERE: 123 Dundas Street (formerly Fodemesi Shoes), London, ON
ADMISSION: $5 Friday/$10 Saturday/$7 Sunday/$20 three-day pass

Join Sweet Magic London this weekend for a three-day festival of events celebrating music and visual arts in London.

More like an art project than a festival, Sweet Magic London is a multidisciplinary arts celebration that aims to make the city more interesting by collaborating and experimenting with its artists, organizers, and spaces.


$10 | DOORS AT 7PM - SHOW AT 7:30PM



Three-day passes ($20) and printed programs available at the door.  All events are fully licensed.  

Presented by Sweet Magic London in association with McIntosh Gallery.  Supported by London Arts Council, Vibrafusion Lab and LOMAA.

For more information, visit http://sweetmagiclondon.com/

Frenkel Defects - Edition I

Frenkel Defects

WHATFrenkel Defects – Edition I
WHEN: September 14, 2013 at 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM
WHERE: Playground, 207 King Street, London,ON

Frenkel Defects is an intermittent, mobile film program focusing on film works from artist run film labs and film collectives. This particular edition is incorporated of 16mm works from the Process Reversal Collective as well as select films from L'Abominable (Paris, FR), Double Negative Collective (Montreal, PQ), Cherry Kino (Leeds, UK) and The Handmade Film Institute (Boulder, CO). Filmmakers include Andrew Busti, Sarah Biagini, Nicolas Rey, Kevin Rice, Taylor Dunne, Robert Schaller, Martha Jurksaitis and Philippe Leonard. 

This event has been organized by London Ontario Media Arts Association (LOMAA) and McIntosh Gallery. For more information, contact sebastian Di Trolio s.di_trolio@hotmail.com. 

For program details please visit the Frenkel Defects event web page.

Sweet Magic London: Esmerine, Matana Roberts & Jerusalem In My Heart

Sweet Magic London

WHAT: Sweet Magic London: Esmerine, Matana Roberts & Jerusalem In My Heart
WHEN: Saturday September 7, 2013 at 8 P.M.
(doors open at 7 P.M.)
WHERE: Aeolian Hall, 795 Dundas Street East, London Ontario
$20 in advance, $15 for students

This fall, McIntosh Gallery and Sweet Magic London will be collaborating on a series of cultural events in London, Ontario.

Sweet Magic London is a music, art, and film micro-festival. More like an art project than a festival, Sweet Magic London’s aim is to make the city more interesting by collaborating and experimenting with its artists, organizers, and spaces.

ESMERINE - Avidly developing a fascinating and melodic balance between cultural and musical boundaries, Esmerine is said to be a towering achievement with emotive power that is delicately wrought and stunningly beautiful.  Co-founding in the early 2000s by percussionist Bruce Cawdron (Godpseed You! Black Emperor) and cellist Rebecca Foon (Thee Silver Mt. Zion, Saltland), the group expanded to a quartet with the addition of harp-player Sarah Pagé and multi-instrumentalist Andrew Barr.  Later solidifying its touring line-up as a quartet with Jamie Thompson (Unicorns, Islands) on drums/percussion and Brian Sanderson on various instruments, the group gelled around the Esmerine back catalogue through several dozen live performances and began writing new material in 2012, culminating in an artist residency and recording session in Istanbul at the end of that year. These sessions included four local Turkish musicians and yielded the bulk of the bed tracks for Esmerine's fourth album, Dalmak(2013), which the group completed in winter 2012-2013 with engineer Jace Lasek at Breakglass Studio in Montreal.

MATANA - Internationally documented, Chicago-born, New York City-based sound experimentalist Matana (m(a)-ta-na\) Roberts, works in many performance/sound mediums including improvisation, dance, poetry, and theater. A dynamic saxophonist, composer, improviser and mixed media sound conceptualist, she aims to expose the mystical roots and the intuitive spirit raising traditions of American creative expression in her music and art. Her innovative work has forged new conceptual approaches to considering narrativity, history, and political expression within improvisatory structures.

JERUSALEM IN MY HEART - Jerusalem In My Heart (JIMH) is a project of contemporary Arabic and electronic music interwoven with 16mm film projections and light-based (de)constructions of space, exploring a relationship between music, visuals, projections and audience. With performances thus far occurring once or twice a year, no two JIMH events have ever been the same: configurations have ranged from solo to 35 participants, with varying degrees of stage theatrics alongside a film & visual component, using multiple projections to construct a space in constant flux.

Presented by Sweet Magic London in association with McIntosh Gallery.

Sweet Magic London: Jealousy Mountain & Rotzig

Sweet Magic London

WHAT: Sweet Magic London: Jealousy Mountain Duo & Rotzig
WHEN: Friday September 6, 2013 at 10 P.M. (doors open at 9 P.M.)
WHERE: 755 Dundas Street rear B, London Ontario

This fall, McIntosh Gallery and Sweet Magic London will be collaborating on a series of cultural events in London, Ontario.

Sweet Magic London is a music, art, and film micro-festival. More like an art project than a festival, Sweet Magic London’s aim is to make the city more interesting by collaborating and experimenting with its artists, organizers, and spaces.

JEALOUSY MOUNTAIN DUO - Walking the line between improvisational chaos and beautiful semi-melodies, Jealously Mountain Duo deconstructs jazz and post-rock with avante garde intent. Presenting a foray into the world of abstract, mathematic guitar-based free improv that sounds like the deconstruction of 1990’s math rock and post-rock groups from the United States, Jealously Mountain Duo is described as nothing short of instrumental excitement. http://jealousymountainduo.com/

ROTZIG - Rotzig is the much anticipated debut London performance of Tomas del Balso (ex-dd/mm/yyyy) and David Waldman's new project.

Tomas Del Balso is a Canadian artist, printmaker, and musician who can be best described as a witch doctor of the collective unconscious. A graduate of the Ontario College of Art and Design, he has since mounted shows in Toronto, Montreal and London alongside Chad VanGaalen and Alexandra Mackenzie. Having toured Asia, North America, the UK and Europe with his band DD/MM/YYYY, Del Balso has also art directed for a TV show on NBC and has been featured in SPIN, Eye Weekly and the CBC.

David Waldman is a Toronto-based photographer who started taking pictures over a decade ago for his black-and-white zine, Kid With Camera. As one of the first consistent and prolific photo-bloggers, Waldman found himself going from poor art student to professional photographer, and has since captured images of nearly 1,000 bands.   His recent solo exhibition at the NXNE festival in Toronto featured The Exhibition About You: The Audience of which Waldman says "I photographed everything I saw. ... I thought it was gonzo to include these observations." http://www.tomasdelbalso.com/

Presented by Sweet Magic London in association with McIntosh Gallery.

McIntosh Gallery Collage Party

collage party

WHAT: McIntosh Gallery Collage Party
WHEN: September 5, 2013
between 7 P.M. - 9 P.M.
(Western University O-Week 2013)
WHERE: Western University, UCC building

McIntosh Gallery invites you to our O-week 2013 Collage Party, where you will explore collage and leave your mark on a huge collaborative work of art. Draw, rip, tear, cut, paste, recycle and party! No experience required, artists will be on hand to help you explore your talents and music by London's hottest DJ and techno musician James Kirkpatrick will inspire you!

Derived from the French word “coller” which means, “to glue”, collage is an artistic process where a final artwork is created by using pieces of something else (often newspaper or magazine clippings). Students are invited to collaborate on a large format collage piece that will be displayed in the UCC atrium for two weeks. All materials provided, but you are welcome to bring your own pictures and magazines to add a personal touch to this massive project. And don't forget to dress down: things could get messy!

No artistic skills required.

Futures of Schelling

Schelling conferenceWHAT: Futures of Schelling
WHEN: August 29 to 31, 2013
WHERE:Western University

German philosopher Friedrich Wilhelm Joseph Schelling (1775-1854) was once considered a minor figure or, as Slavoj Žižek put it, a “vanishing mediator”, between Hegel and Heidegger. Today he is regarded as a seminal thinker in 19th century German philosophy. Futures of Schelling, the North American Schelling Society’s second annual conference, will address his pivotal role in reconceptualising the work of his contemporaries and predecessors and the way in which he informs current philosophical, theoretical and interdisciplinary thinking. August 29 to 31, 2013 Futures of Schelling has been organized by The Centre for Theory and Criticism and McIntosh Gallery at Western University, in collaboration with the North American Schelling Society, with funding from the Rotman Institute of Philosophy, Romanticism at Western, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Faculty of Social Science, Department of English, Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies (Kings College University), Department of Philosophy, Centre for Advanced Research in European Philosophy (Kings College University), Faculty of Information and Media Studies and the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures.

For more information, visit futuresofschelling.wordpress.com or contact Ben Woodard at: woodardbenjamin@gmail.com

Conference program

Sweet Magic London: Elfin Saddle & Nick Kuepfer

Sweet Magic London

WHAT: Sweet Magic London: Elfin Saddle & Nick Kuepfer
WHEN: Thursday August 8, 2013 9 P.M.
(doors open at 8 P.M.)
WHERE:755 Dundas Street rear B, London Ontario

This fall, McIntosh Gallery and Sweet Magic London will be collaborating on a series of cultural events in London, Ontario. Sweet Magic London is is a music, art, and film micro-festival. More like an art project than a festival, Sweet Magic London’s aim is to make the city more interesting by collaborating and experimenting with its artists, organizers, and spaces.

ELFIN SADDLE Elfin Saddle is the musical project of Emi Honda and Jordan McKenzie, both of whom are also practicing visual artists working in a variety of media, with an emphasis on scavenger art installations, kinetic sculpture (often with an audio component) and video work. Their work often engages with questions of (over)consumption, waste/detritus, and the degradation of lived and natural environments. The music of Elfin Saddle similarly reflects all these techniques and concerns; the group uses a wide array of found objects, junkyard percussion and other recuperated instruments (mostly acoustic: accordion, xylophone, ukelele) to create an avant-folk global protest music that combines Japanese and Canadian folkways with postpunk, drone, noise and other 21st century influences and sensibilities. http://cstrecords.com/elfin-saddle/

NICK KEUPFER Nick Kuepfer is a guitar player who weaves nylon string and electric guitar pieces with live-sampled tape loops, recordings of animals, and drones from various sources. His predominantly wordless music ranges from subtle and static to frantic and abrasive, with a methodical, vigilant sense of experimentation guided by the search for consonance and dissonance with the sounds of "nature". He began performing solo, under his own name, in 2009 and occasionally invites guest players to join him. http://cstrecords.com/nickkuepfer/

Presented by Sweet Magic London in association with McIntosh Gallery and Constellation Records.

A Norval Morrisseau painting


WHAT: A Norval Morrisseau painting
WHERE: The N'Amerind Friendship Centre, 260 Colborne st., London, Ontario.

This exceptional painting from the N'Amerind Friendship Centre collection was stored at McIntosh Gallery during renovations in 2012. This provided Dr. Miriam Jordan (Oneida, bear clan), a unique opportunity to conduct research on this rare, early work, and the artist’s relationship to London anthropologist Selwyn Dewdney, whose name and address mysteriously appears on the back of the painting. McIntosh Gallery gratefully acknowledges the collaboration of the N’Amerind Friendship Centre, and funding from the Ontario Arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts, which has made this project possible.

With his style of thick black outlines and bright colours, Norval Morrisseau, also known as Copper Thunderbird, founded the Woodland School of Art. His grandfather, Moses Potan Nanakonagos, a shaman, taught him the traditions and legends of his people, which are visible in most of his paintings.

As his fame increased, Morrisseau was asked to paint a large mural for the Indians of Canada Pavilion at Expo 67, in Montreal. This revolutionary exhibit publically expressed to an international audience the dissatisfaction of First Nations People with their social and political situation in Canada. In 1978 Morrisseau was made a Member of the Order of Canada. In 2005 the National Gallery of Canada organized a major retrospective of his work. And in 2008, he was honoured with a posthumous Lifetime Achievement Award by the National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation.


Nuit Blanche London: Sweet Magic London

Sweet Magic London

WHAT: Nuit Blanche London
WHEN: Saturday, June 15, 2013, 8 P.M.
WHERE:Vanity House, 124 Dundas Street.

Experimental music, slam poetry, sound art, expanded cinema, and sculptural installation. Participating artists include Audio Lodge, Charlie Egleston, Jennifer Martin, Peter Lebel, James Kirkpatrick, Wet Nightmare, GYM ZAHEEB, Bo Gus, a circuit bent orchestra and more. Visit www.sweetmagiclondon.com for more information and the schedule

Contemporary Canadian art acquired by McIntosh Gallery unveiled

Sky Glabush

WHAT: Contemporary Canadian art acquired by McIntosh Gallery unveiled
WHEN: Wednesday, May 8, 2013, 4 P.M.
WHERE:Weldon Library, Western University

McIntosh Gallery acquired a number of important contemporary Canadian works of art in 2012. Six photographs from Kelly Wood’s landmark Continuous Garbage Project were purchased, the first works by the artist to enter the collection. This acquisition complements McIntosh’s extensive holdings of contemporary photography, which include works by Barbara Astman, Geneviève Cadieux, Lynne Cohen, Evergon, Robert Frank, Suzy Lake, Shelley Niro, Dennis Oppenheim, Michael Snow, Jeff Thomas and Jeff Wall. Acquiring art from McIntosh’s exhibitions documents the gallery’s research activities. To this end, two major drawings by Jason McLean were also purchased from the fall 2012 exhibition Jason McLean: If you could read my mind.

Like most public galleries, McIntosh is indebted to donors for most acquisitions. A donation of nineteen works by Patrick Mahon fills gaps in McIntosh’s existing holdings of this nationally acclaimed London-based artist. A large painting by Sky Glabush (pictured) was donated by Marion and Ross Woodman, Professor Emeritus with the Department of English. Depicting student housing near Western University’s campus, this work is featured in the current edition ofCanadian Art magazine. It will be unveiled at Weldon Library on May 8th during a reception to celebrate McIntosh’s 2012 acquisitions at which free copies of the magazine will be available.

Also on display at Weldon until May 8th is the Berger Collection of Inuit Art, which was generously donated to McIntosh by Dr. Heidi and Dr. Dieter Berger. Under the supervision of Professor Lisa Hodgetts of the Department of Anthropology, doctoral candidate Laura Elena Kelvin has curated this fascinating thematic exhibition.

We thank Weldon Library, the Department of Visual Arts, the Faculty of Education's Transition to Professional Practice program, and the Department of Anthropology for their collaboration on these collection-based installations and the experiential learning opportunities they provide for Western students. We also thank Canadian Art magazine for their support of this event. For more information, contact Natalie Finkelstein at nfinkel.uwo.ca

Films of the Double Negative Collective

Double Negative

WHAT: Films of the Double Negative Collective.
Curated by Matt Rossoni.
WHEN: Wednesday, March 13 at 8:00 P.M
WHERE:University College room 84, Western University

The Double Negative Collective is a Montreal-based group of film, video and installation artists who create, curate and disseminate experimental film. Founded in 2004, it seeks to locate cinema in human experience by experimenting with form, voice and vision. Members include Daïchi Saïto, Mike Rollo, Malena Szlam, Karl Lemieux, Eduardo Menz, Lindsay McIntyre, Christopher Becks, Philippe Leonard and Radwan Moumneh. A loose collective, they usually work independently and rarely shown together outside of Montreal. Individually they have exhibited at numerous international film festivals, winning many awards. Saïto, for example, won first prize in 2010 at both the Media City and Ann Arbor film festivals for Trees of Syntax, Leaves of Axis. McIntyre’s Barge Dirge placed first at the Edinburgh International Film Festival. And Mike Rollo’s Ghosts and Gravel Roads was recognized as one of Canada’s Top Ten Shorts in 2008.

This one-hour screening at Western University, the Collective’s first in Ontario, includes seven 16mm films: Saito’s Never a Foot Too Far, Even ( 2012) and All That Rises (2007); Leonard’s Perceptual Subjectivity (2009); Rollo’s Still/Move (2003); Becks’ Pan of the Landscape (2005) and Ritournelle (2012); and McIntyre’s Barge Dirge (2010).Curated by Matt Rossoni, Films of the Double Negative Collective has been made possible through the generous support of Canadian Filmmakers Distribution Centre, Light Cone, and Western University’s Department of Film Studies, Arts & Humanities Students’ Council, and McIntosh Gallery. For more information, contact Matt Rossoni at mrosson2@uwo.ca

Light Tripping: The Films of Steven Woloshen

Steven Woloshen

WHAT: Light Tripping: The Films of Steven Woloshen
Curated by Jesse Brossoit.
WHEN: Thursday, March 7, 2013, 9:00 P.M.
WHERE:Hyland Cinema, 240 Wharncliffe Road South, London Ont. (519) 913-0313

Steven Woloshen is a pioneer of camera-less animation, which includes painting, scratching and drawing directly on film. Based in Montreal, he has been making films since the 1970s, specializing in 16mm film production while studying at Concordia University. His films have been screened internationally at festivals including Winnipeg’s Festival of Film and Video Art, the Montreal Underground Film Festival, the Annecy International Animated Film Festival, and I Castelli Animati in Rome.

His work is often inspired by jazz, with improvisation and chance playing a large part in the creative process. His film “Cameras Take Five” (2003) inspired by Dave Brubeck, received the Best Non-Narrative Short Film award at the International Animated Film Festival in Ariccia, Italy, and was featured in the Animated Show of Shows, a travelling program of the year’s best international animated short films. His work is also featured in The Sharpest Point: Animation at the End of Cinema, an anthology of animation edited by Chris Gehman and Steve Reinke, co-published by YYZ Books, the Ottawa Animation Festival, and the Images Festival.

Woloshen will attend this screening, his first in London, Ontario, and will lead a workshop in camera-less animation for Western University students on Friday March 8 from 10:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M. at the John Labatt Visual Arts Centre, room 302.

We thank Canadian Filmmakers Distribution Centre, Department of Film Studies, Arts & Humanities Students’ Council, and University Students’ Council for their financial support of this program, which has been organized by the Western Undergraduate Film Society and McIntosh Gallery. For more information, contact Jesse Brossoit, program curator, at jbrossoi@uwo.ca

Clash of the Canvases

clash of the canvases

WHAT: Clash of the Canvases
WHEN: Wednesday, March 20, 6:30 p.m. - 9:30 P.M.
WHERE:The apk, 347 Clarence St.
ADMISSION:$10 (Tickets available at Eventbrite.ca and at the door) 19+

Clash of the Canvases will be an exciting artistic showdown between community artists. This live-painting artistic “battle” consists of three teams of two artists who have 80 minutes to create a work of art on a given theme. You will enjoy food, drink, and musical entertainment while watching the artists’ work and seeing the paintings come to life! When the time limit is over, YOU get to decide who the winner is! A silent auction of the art work follows the winner announcement, with proceeds going 50% to the artists and 50% to McIntosh Gallery.

For more information, contact Natalie Finkelstein, Communications and Outreach Coordinator, at nfinkel@uwo.ca or visit our facebook page.

(Re)Activating Objects: Social Theory and Material Culture

(re)activating objects

WHAT: (Re)Activating Objects: Social Theory and Material Culture
WHEN: Friday, March 1, 6:00 P.M. - 10:00 P.M.
Saturday, March 2, 10:00 A.M. - 9:00 P.M.
Sunday, March 3, 10:00 A.M. - 2:30 P.M.
WHERE:Visual Arts Centre, Western University

Editor, Art Journal Associate Professor &
Chair Department of Art Theory and Practice Northwestern University

Professor Relyea will present his paper: Overdoing It Ourselves: The Belabored Object between Social and Short-Term Contract
WHEN: Friday, March 1, 7:00 P.M. - 8:30 P.M.
WHERE: UC 142 Reception at McIntosh Gallery, March 1, 8:30 P.M. 

(Re)Activating Objects: Social Theory and Material Culture is a three-day international, and interdisciplinary, graduate student conference hosted by the Department of Visual Arts at Western University from March 1-3, 2013. It's a conference that looks to the ways that material culture can provide a lens to examine the systemic structure of our socio-cultural-economic worlds.

(Re)Activating Objects pulls from a variety of disciplines and approaches to address the fundamental and theoretical questions about social constructions, social politics, and social ethics. For more information please visit reactivatingobjects.wordpress.com

Stacks and Stacks: Unpacking the Fan's Archive in Contemporary Art


WHAT: Stacks and Stacks: Unpacking the Fan's Archive in Contemporary Art
A lecture by Dr. Maria Elena Buszek
WHEN: Thursday, February 28 at 6:00 P.M.
WHERE:North Campus Building, room 117, Western University
Reception at McIntosh Gallery, 8:00pm

Maria Elena Buszek is a critic, curator and professor of modern and contemporary art at University of Colorado, Denver. With reference to feminism, hoarding, collecting (including the search for hard-to-find vinyl records), and what she calls the “fan's archive”, Buszek’s presentation is the first of many events and programs that complement the exhibition Secret Stash: Accumulation, Hoarding and the Love of Stuff. Curated by Kirsty Robertson for McIntosh Gallery, Secret Stash features the work of Germaine Koh, Allyson Mitchell, Payton Turner and Kelly Wood. The exhibition’s opening reception follows Buszek’s talk at McIntosh Gallery at 8:00 P.M.

Buszek is the author and editor of the books Extra/Ordinary: Craft and Contemporary Art and Pin-Up Grrrls: Feminism, Sexuality, Popular Culture, and her writing has appeared in such journals as Utopian Studies, Art in America, Woman’s Art Journal, TDR: The Journal of Performance Studies and The Journal of Modern Craft. Her latest contribution to the book Punkademics will inform her talk, which is the keynote address for the symposium Clutter(ed). For more information about the conference, visit: uwo.ca/visarts/speakers.html

Secret Stash is made possible with funding support from the Ontario Arts Council, an agency of the Government of Ontario, the Canada Council for the Arts, and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. We thank Western University's Department of Visual Arts for collaborating with us on this project. For more information, contact Natalie Finkelstein, Communications and Outreach Coordinator, at nfinkel@uwo.ca

A Visit with Brian Massumi and Erin Manning


WHAT:A Visit with Brian Massumi and Erin Manning
"Propositions for Thought in the Act: A Public Lecture"
WHEN: Monday, March 4, 2013, 5:30 - 7:00 P.M.
WHERE:Conron Hall, University College 224
Reception at McIntosh Gallery, 7:00 - 9:00 P.M.

On the 4th of March, we will host a public lecture, “Propositions for Thought in the Act,” which will investigate modes of thought and of writing that resist the opposition between thinking and feeling, and the associated opposition between the conceptual and the aesthetic. Investigations at this intersection aimed at overcoming these separations traditionally build from phenomenology. The lecture will explore an alternative path in the form of process philosophy. Process philosophy resituates experience in the exteriority of the event. Afterwards, everyone is invited to a reception at McIntosh Gallery, with food and drinks and good conversation.

A seminar with Erin Manning and Brian Massumi
WHEN: Tuesday, March 5, 2013, 11:30 - 1:30 P.M.
WHERE: UC224a, University College
ADMISSION: Free admission - Spaces will be limited

On the following day, the 5th of March, Dr. Manning and Dr. Massumi will host an intensive graduate seminar focusing on their work with SenseLab. In particular, attendees will look at an issue of SenseLab’s online journal Inflexions, entitled Micropolitics. This involves interviews that Manning and Massumi did with scholars such as Bruno Latour, Mauricio Lazzarato, and Isabelle Stengers, as well as documentation from the 2009 SenseLab event, Society of Molecules.

Speaker Biographies:

ERIN MANNING is a cultural theorist, political philosopher, and practicing visual artist. She currently holds a University Research Chair in the Faculty of Fine Arts at Concordia University and is the founder and director of SenseLab, a laboratory that explores the intersections between art practice and philosophy through the matrix of the sensing body in movement. In her writing, Manning addresses various topics related to thought and politics in a field between dance and new technology, the convergence of cinema, animation, and new media. Her focus is on the senses, philosophy, and politics, as well as on the political and micropolitics of sensation and performance art. Her publications include: Relationscapes: Movement, Art, Philosophy (2009), Politics of Touch: Sense, Movement, Sovereignty (2007), and Ephemeral Territories: Representing Nation, Home, and Identity in Canada (2003).

BRIAN MASSUMI is a political theorist, writer, and philosopher. He teaches in the Communication Sciences Department at the Université de Montréal and is well known for his English translation of several major texts in French post-structural theory including Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari’s A Thousand Plateaus and Jean-François Lyotard’s The Postmodern Condition. Massumi’s research is two-fold: the experience of movement and the interrelations between the senses, particularly in the context of new media art and technology; and the emergent moves of power associated with the globalization of capitalism and the rise of preemptive politics. His authored books include Semblance and Event: Activist Philosophy and the Occurrent Arts (2011) and Parables for the Virtual: Movement, Affect, Sensation (2002). Massumi is also the editor of A Shock to Thought: Expression After Deleuze and Guattari (2002) and The Matrixial Borderspace: Essays by Bracha Ettinger (1997).

For more information, contact Natalie Finkelstein, Communications and Outreach Coordinator, at nfinkel@uwo.ca , call (519) 661-3181 or visit http://www.uwo.ca/arts/pages/public-humanities.html

Jane and Tony Urquhart


WHAT:Jane and Tony Urquhart present:
"Power and Place: Landscape in the Visual and Literary Arts"
WHEN: Sunday, January 20, 2013 @ 2 P.M.
WHERE:Conron Hall in University College, Western University
ADMISSION:Free admission and parking

The first university art gallery in Ontario, McIntosh opened in 1942. But it wasn't until Tony Urquhart was appointed artist-in-residence in 1960 that the gallery really took off. Essentially, Urquhart ran the place for four years starting in 1960. With his irrepressible good humour and keen sociability, Urquhart was one of a handful of artists responsible for generating the excitement and community engagement that garnered national acclaim for the bourgeoning London art scene during the late 1960s. Putting an artist at the centre of McIntosh Gallery's curatorial operations was indicative of the broader regional trend towards empowered artists, culminating in 1968 with the formation of CARFAC (Canadian Artists' Representation) in London by Jack Chambers, Kim Ondaatje and Urquhart.

Despite his longstanding association with southern Ontario—born in Niagara Falls, he taught at the University of Waterloo for over 20 years after leaving Western—Urquhart has, since the late 1950s, traveled abroad extensively, which has inspired a vast array of his drawings, paintings and sculptures, often of landscape or architecture. For his remarkable accomplishments as an artist, he was named to the Order of Canada in 1995, and received the Governor General's Award for the Visual Arts in 2009. He has also illustrated books by Michael Ondaatje, Rohinton Mistry and Jane Urquhart, the internationally acclaimed novelist, whom he married in 1976.

With her first novel, The Whirlpool (1986), Jane Urquhart became the first Canadian to win France's prestigious Prix du Meilleur Livre Etranger. Her third novel, Away (1993), won a Trillium Award, was shortlisted for the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award and remained on The Globe & Mail's national bestseller list for a record 132 weeks. In 1994, she received the Marian Engel Award, and, in 1996, she was appointed Chevalier of the Légion d'Honneur by the French government. Her fourth novel, The Underpainter, won the 1997 Governor General's Award for fiction. In 2005 she was named an Officer of the Order of Canada.

Jane and Tony Urquhart now live in Colborne, Ontario. For over thirty years, they have travelled together regularly. It is these trips, and the way in which travel has informed their remarkable work, that is the subject of this illustrated presentation.

For more information, contact Natalie Finkelstein, Communications and Outreach Coordinator, at nfinkel@uwo.ca or call (519) 661-3181.