Thursday, February 13, 2014

Winter Into Spring 2014 Textile Exhibitions in Ontario

Opening Soon

Quilts by John Willard: A 40 Year Retrospective  
February 15 – March 30, 2014
Burlington Art Centre
1333 Lakeshore Road,
Burlington, Ontario
opening reception and artist talk on Sunday February 23, at 2pm.


Dorothy Caldwell, Walking on Tundra,
silkscreen and discharged cotton, dyed, stitched and appliqué,
66 cm x 134.62 cm, 2013
Silent Ice / Deep Patience: Dorothy Caldwell
Art Gallery of Peterborough,
250 Crescent Peterborough 250 Crescent
 Opening Reception: Friday, March 21, 7 pm

This new body of work developed by Caldwell continues her exploration of place, how we mark the land, and how it is visualized in mapping practices, both conventional and personal. The scope of her research included extensive travel in both the Australian Outback and the Canadian Arctic. There are strong parallels between Canada and Australia and how they each imagine themselves. Both have large central wilderness landscapes, and are technically both deserts. The Outback and the Arctic are harsh landscapes that the indigenous populations have learned to survive in. They are both powerful landscapes that inspire the imagination and the way we view the country.

“The works for the exhibition will be a response to these experiences and how they relate to my own sense of place. Ultimately one comes back to the familiar landscape with renewed perspective and ongoing questions about interpreting images and values of another culture in light of our own experience.” 
- Dorothy Caldwell

Caldwell maintains an active international exhibition and teaching schedule from her studio in Hastings, Ontario. Her travel and research in India, Japan, and Australia have influenced her work both as sources of dyeing and stitching practices and as places where textile artists share her beliefs in the integration of historical work in contemporary contexts. Caldwell has been recipient of the Saidye Bronfman Award.

She has executed major architectural commissions, and her work is in many permanent collections including the Museum of Art and Design in New York, the Canadian Museum of Civilization, the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs, the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, and the Art Gallery of Peterborough.

Silent Ice / Deep Patience is an AGP touring exhibition and will be accompanied by a publication.

Both John Willard and Dorothy Caldwell exhibits will present workshops with the artist for more information check out each gallery's websites and book participation through them.


Images on invitation all details from Clockwise left to right: Peggy Mersesau, Bulls eye 2003, J. Lynne Cambel, Gift # 1, 1993, Ilse Amyas- Sailkauskas Mountain Memories, 1987, Barbara Brown, Ink Scribbles 1988, Linda Pinhay, New Orleans (Blanche’s Trip). 1996, David H Kaye Grounds to Wander The engaged Relief Series. 1982, Ted Hallman, Death Grip 1996,

25 Years of Collecting
January 24 - February 23, 2014
Cambridge Galleries IDEA | EXCHANGE, 
Queen's Square and Design at Riverside

A special expanded edition of the annual Select Works exhibition has been created as the finale to the Cambridge Galleries IDEA | EXCHANGE ’s 35th Anniversary celebrations. for more information

Karen Thiessen, Hamilton Ontario, The Journey Series: Forgiveness #6 1999, Cotton, dyed and distressed, quilted.
Acquired with assistance of Starry Night Committee 2001
You can see photos from this event and other shows that opened in January on fQ's facebook page 

Transformations: Taking Felt in New Directions

  Maggie Glossop and Andrea Graham
21 January, 2014 ~ 15 March, 2014
Norah Rosamond Hughes Gallery,
Mississippi Valley Textile Museum
3, Rosamond St. E.
Almonte, Ontario
Image on Invitation "Not to Know But to Go On, (detail) 2010 -2013, found fabrics, cotton embroidery floss, artist canvas cotton tape, hand stitched.
 Judy Martin: Mended World
January 19- March 2, 2014
Art Gallery of Sudbury
251 rue John St.
Sudbury, Ontario

visit Judy Martin on line to find out more about her work.

Title: Hamilton Sample, installation, 2014, collage of digital and silkscreen prints on fabric, found objects and photographs, hand embroidery. Size: 180x300cm
Photo by Istvan Zsako, provided by Anna Torma

On Thursday feb9 2014 I saw new work by Anna Torma at Hamilton Artist Inc. [becoming] The Logic of Memory: Corinne Duchesne, Peter Horvath, Anna Torma, January 23 – March 1, 2014, the show is very well shaped the combination of Images/ artists work very well. A catalogue essay by Tara Bursey can be downloaded

From Geisha to Diva: The Kimonos of Ichimaru
Jan 29, 2014 - Apr 11, 2014
Textile Museum of Canada
Organized and circulated by the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria
Curated by Barry Till 

There are two other exhibitions on at the TMC
Telling Stories Until Apr 13, 2014

Fictions and Legends: Heather Goodchild and Jérôme Havre  Until Apr 13, 2014

 South African artist Fiona Kirkwood's work in the bar / dinning room at the Gladstone Hotel is part of Hardtwist. note the people sitting down to dinner if you need a size/ scale reference point see more of her work on her website

Hard Twist 2014 – This is Personal
Thurs Jan 23, 2014- Sun April 27, 2014
Queen Street West and Gladstone avenue
The Gladstone Hotel’s 8th Annual Juried Textile and Fibre Arts Exhibition. Hard Twist 8: This is Personal showcases works exploring the nuances, complexities and politics of that which is individual, private and intimate.

Cloth is personal. Cloth speaks of the person cocooned in successive layers of textile that communicate who they are, that tell of their dreams and aspirations. And occasionally betray their secrets.

Radiating out from underwear – intensely personal, usually hidden, and sometimes surprising – through the various layers that signal origins, social position, hopes, fears, sexuality and aspirations, Hard Twist 8 – This Is Personal encompasses the gamut of the human with signals wrapped in cloth.

I will be interviewing the curators Helena Frei and Chris Mitchell who have been organizing this show since it began in 2006 to coincided with the Textile Society of America's symposium Textile Narratives which took place at Harbourfront Centre in October 2006.

Marcel Marois, Tapestry Les angles d’un site, 1994-1995 high warp, wool, Gift to the Cambridge Galleries collection from the Cadillac Fairview Corporation 2013 
  When I attended the opening of  "25 years of Collecting" Cambridge Galleries. to see this tapestry was both a shock and a joy to see this Marcel Marois, Tapestry Les angles d’un site, 1994-1995, has been on display in the Bay King corridor in Toronto. This and other Tapestry have along with the Mies van der Rohe designed TD Centre (where this piece lived) given this area the prestige late modern architecture should have. Unfortunately they are disappearing as these building become renovated generic office towers out side of the history of Architecture. the joy comes from seeing it has found a new home. 

Since 2006 when I published a story called "Who made that: a question about Public (Textile) Art in Canada?" in fibreQUARTERLY Volume 3 Issue 1 / Winter 2007  I have been following the adventures of the tapestry works hanging in the Bay King corridor of downtown Toronto as they slowly disappear. Hopefully they will all end up in public collections where they can be seen. 

While I am sure there are more exhibitions featuring textiles such  as Born of the Indian Ocean: The Silks of Madagascar curator Sarah Fee which is on for a limited time in the Middle East / South Asia Special Exhibit case, 3rd Floor Lee-Chin the ROM (I have not seen it yet) and there will be coming up these are the one's that I have been able to track down.

Try and get out and see some beautiful historic textiles and interesting contemporary work and bring some colour and light into these horrible lingering days of this seemingly never ending winter.

From  From Geisha to Diva: The Kimonos of Ichimaru at the Textile Museum of Canada detail of: Disassembled Kimono, Silk, gold thread embroidered, painted. Gift of Mrs. Fumi Suzuki, SC 1114AGGV,

For cleaning. A kimono would be disassembled and its standardized, narrow panels sewn together into one long strip up to 11 meters long. After cleaning it would be stitched back together by hand

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