23 February 2013

Garry Neill Kennedy: Photoworks, 1969 - 2011


08 March - 20 April, 2013

Friday 08 March | 7PM

In Conversation with J.J. Kegan McFadden @ PLATFORM
Saturday 09 March | 3PM

Artist Talk @ The University of Manitoba in ARTlab Room 136
Monday 04 March | 11:30AM

PLATFORM centre for photographic + digital arts is pleased to present Garry Neill Kennedy: Photoworks 1969-2011.

This exhibition was first presented in early 2012 at the Louise and Reuben - Cohen Art Gallery of the Université de Moncton under the directorship of Nisk Imbeault. Kennedy will be speaking in conversation with J.J. Kegan McFadden at PLATFORM on Saturday, March 9th at 3PM. Kennedy will also be giving an Artist Talk at the University of Manitoba on Monday, March 4th at 11:30AM in ARTlab room 136.

A major contributor to conceptual art, Garry Neill Kennedy's artistic career spans over forty years and his work is recognized across Canada and abroad. As head of the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design for more than 23 years, he revolutionized the way art was taught there, while positioning Atlantic Canada at the heart of the conceptual art movement. This is not only the first exhibition of Kennedy's work to focus on his photographic output, but it also aims to foster a better understanding of the work of the artist as a whole, and his contribution to the evolution of contemporary art in Canada and in the Atlantic Region.

From Garry Neill Kennedy (Bisected) made in 1969 to Spotted, in 2009, images from photographic sources have been an integral part of Kennedy's production. This body of work is brought together in an exhibition that underscores the specifics of this practice. PLATFORM is also very excited to be co-producer with The Louise and Reuben - Cohen Art Gallery of a bilingual publication that accompanies the exhibition. The publication will be available at the opening reception.

The opening reception, artist talk, and conversation are all free. All are welcome to attend.

Garry Neill Kennedy lives and works in Halifax. A major contributor to conceptual art, Kennedy’s artistic career spans over forty years and his work is recognized across Canada and abroad.  As head of the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design for more than 23 years, he revolutionized the way art was taught there while positioning Atlantic Canada at the heart of the conceptual art movement.  Having exhibited widely through the years, his work was featured in a major retrospective at the National Gallery in 2000. In 2003, he was made a Member of the Order of Canada and awarded the Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts through the Canada Council in 2004.

Image: Jerry Lewis in the Paris Metro, 1995 

PLATFORM wishes to acknowledge the support of its membership, board of directors, volunteers, and staff. Operating support for The Centre is provided by Manitoba Arts Council and Winnipeg Arts Council. Additional project funding for this exhibition was received from the Canada Council for the Arts. For more information about this exhibition or other PLATFORM programming, please contact the Centre directly: PLATFORM | 121-100 Arthur Street [Artspace Building] | Winnipeg, Manitoba | R3B 1H3 | 204.942.8183 | www.platformgallery.org

20 February 2013

Winter Salon Night

Winter Salon Night with Courtney R. Thompson Thursday February 21, 2013 @ 7PM

Salon Nights are open to all members, no registration required. They are free evenings of informal critique and feedback where members can bring in their art projects or research for discussion. Whether you wish to present or not, you should come out to add to the discussion and see what other artists are up to in their studios. Each session is hosted by a different local or visiting cultural worker who will facilitate the discussion and weigh in with their own experience. Courtney R. Thompson will be leading the discussion after introducing her research interests and professional practice. Please RSVP.

Courtney R. Thompson is an independent arts professional living in Winnipeg, Manitoba. She regularly writes for ArtSlant and Art in Print and has presented her research at symposia across North America. She graduated from the Art History, Theory & Criticism program at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2011, winning the Fellowship for her department. Her research addresses spatial practices and slippages between art, architecture and the visual culture of dwelling.

06 February 2013


18 January - 16 February 2013

PAC In ConversationSaturday 16 February | 3PM


PLATFORM centre for photographic + digital arts is pleased to present be.still, the latest exhibition by Winnipeg’s Pinhole Artist Collective (PAC). Continuing to balance the push/pull of the individual and the collective, the group has drawn images from their monthly forays over the past year. Determining destinations by consensus - Spirit Sands, the English Garden, the bridges of Winnipeg, Narcisse, and more (sometimes deliberate and premeditated; sometimes more whimsical and weather dependent) - upon arrival they create independent works, albeit linked by place, conversation, and time. And so it is that leisurely exposures, long discussions, and days of driving yield images grounded in the collective that celebrate the individual. In conjunction with this exhibition, PAC will launch a publication related to their recent exhibition of solargaphs.

About the Collective

PAC is a collective of artists interested in exploring the artistic plurality of analogue and digital photography. Growing out of the spirit of Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day and the DIY artistic philosophy, they are hands-on, resourceful, playful, and open to constructive criticism. In regular gatherings, the collective engages in both critical discourse and artistic creation and is, from time to time, nomadic. PAC members participating in be.still are Sarah Crawley, William Eakin, lori fontaine, Beth Johnson, Jen Loewen, Merrell-Ann Phare, andBonnie Tulloch.

About the Publication

Collecting Light
 | Pinhole Artist Collective publication

“Collecting Light” is a collaborative bookwork by members of PAC. In the winter of 2010, members of PAC built approximately one hundred pinhole cameras from 35mm black plastic film canisters. These cameras were then placed around the city and province to take photographs (called solargraphs) over weeks and months. These images were then the basis of a group show at Platform: centre for photographic + digital arts in August 2010. "Collecting Light" expands on this exhibition, incorporating solargraphs, individual visual responses to the project, and critical essays by Dianne Bos and J.J. Kegan McFadden.

Contributing members: Marian Butler, Sandra Campbell, Sarah Crawley, William Eakin, lori fontaine, Jacquelyn Hébert, Beth Johnson, Jen Loewen, Natasha Peterson, Merrell-Ann Phare, Bonnie Tulloch 
Dimensions 10 x 8 inches / 84 pages
Image: Jen Loewen