Visual art is a part of the fabric of communities and drives conversations that shape our values. The role of an artwork reaches far beyond an individual piece—it creates a platform for reflection and innovation.
We believe that art is an essential part of public life, and we share it with passion and purpose. We work to interpret, present, and preserve the artworks in our care and develop programs to help the public connect with the art and its makers. We invite you to explore the people and artwork that inspire our 50th anniversary publication.
Director's Statement Public art galleries have a responsibility to present exhibitions that delight and inspire the viewer, and exhibitions that challenge the viewer to disrupt their comfort, to question and re-evaluate their assumptions. Some exhibitions can be appreciated on a purely visual level, where others force a sense of self awareness or community consciousness. Enduring Women: Veils of Secrecy is an example of the latter. Violence against anyone, whether it be a woman, man or child, is a troubling thought. What is worse is the reality of the statistics.
CASO St. Thomas, ON 2007
Walter Redinger is in a place that seems ever so slightly beyond a normal existence. He lives in a place that is abundantly spiritual yet grounded in earthly affects. From this chair, this special place, arm leaning on cane, he seems everywhere. He observes and records the inhabitants of his ongoing Garden Party series. He marks and tears and patches his 'visions' of beauty and wildness into a multitude of bulging workbooks. He orchestrates the ongoing evolution of a room that is slowly but magnificently evolving into an ultimate auto-biographical statement; a container of explosive gesture and movement abbreviated by areas of peace and total self-assurance. It is a dramatic and collective documentation of everything past and present filtered essentially into a black and white surround experience that is awe-inspiring and primal in its passion and scope. Compulsively and within minutes he moves from a last minute alteration of a sketch-book drawing to analyzing a 3 x 4 foot freshly emerged multi-colour image from a state of the art commercial printer. More images here...
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