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"Translinear: 12 Canadian Artists"
2001-07-10 until 2001-09-01
During the 20th century there has been great debate about the state of painting. While some might say that it long ago ceased to be relevant, others continue to champion its importance. Translinear, curated by Michael Davidson and Ihor Holubizky and organized and circulated by the McMaster Museum of Art, is an ambitious project, meant to provide a necessary and timely perspective on painting by presenting all new work by twelve recognized Canadian artists at varied stages in their careers. They are Nicole Collins, Michael Davidson, Angela Leach, Howard Lonn, Euan Macdonald, Kazuo Nakamura, Taras Polataiko, Margaret Priest, Tony Scherman, Ayad Sinawi, David Urban and Scott Wallis.
The concise premise of the exhibition is that painting has a particular visual language and that paintings exist to generate a state of awareness or understanding on the part of the viewer which is not limited by context, time or place. By bringing together works by twelve contemporary artists, Translinear is intended to encourage a dialogue about the meaning and relevance of painting. The invited artists represent a diversity of approaches to painting including abstraction, representation, a fusion of both as well as the use of traditional and non-traditional media.
For the Cambridge component of the exhibition six paintings have been added. People in Cambridge will recognize these paintings as being from artists who in the last five years have had significant solo and retrospective exhibitions of their work at the Cambridge Galleries. One key work from each of the exhibitions by Brent Roe (Autodogmatic Trip: 1997), John Armstrong (Sanguine: 1998), Sheila Gregory (Flip: 1998), Allan Doyle (A Painted Dialogue: 1998), Joanna Strong (Flourish: 2000) and Anda Kubis (Details: 2001) will place the work in Translinear in the context of contemporary painting as it has been seen at the Queens Square and Preston galleries.