Emerging Artist Series - Craig Francis Power Opens



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Emerging Artist Series featuring Craig Francis Power opens at AGNS

December 14, 2012 – HALIFAX, NS – The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia (AGNS) is pleased to announce a new solo exhibition, Craig Francis Power: Les Fleurs du Mal, opening on Saturday December 15.

Craig Francis Power is a writer, curator and visual artist from St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador. His darkly comic art is on view as part of the Gallery’s Emerging Artist Series, a program that gives artists in the early stages of their careers a platform for putting their first major project on view.

Hooked rugs have long been an established part of folk culture in Atlantic Canada, a craft form that for decades has captured the ties of this region to the land and sea through the familiar iconography of boats and lighthouses.

In Craig Francis Power: Les Fleurs du Mal, curated by David Diviney, Curator of Exhibitions at the AGNS, Craig Francis Power embraces the narrative format of the hooked rug as a platform for storyboarding his unique and graphic personal responses to some of life’s more uneasy topics such as: good and evil, religion, death, boredom and artistry to name a few. 

David Diviney, Curator says:

“Craig Francis Power confronts our collective aesthetic notions head-on in his crude, punk-fueled works and the not-so-subtle imagery that occupies them. In doing so he offers a poignant counterpoint to our shared belief systems and the status quo. While challenging and brutally frank, these pieces provide quite a playful and open commentary on daily life and the world around us.” 

Craig Francis Power says:

“My practice attempts to describe a position outside that of contemporary art and contemporary society, but, due to my education, gender and race, can never fit into the mould naturally filled by the traditional notion of the Outsider Artist.”

Craig Francis Power attended NSCAD University, Halifax where he received a BFA in 2003. His first novel, Blood Relatives, won the Percy Janes First Novel Award, the Writer's Alliance of Newfoundland and Labrador's Fresh Fish Award, and was a finalist for the BMO Winterset Award.  His recent exhibitions include The Forest, The Rooms Provincial Art Gallery, St. John’s in 2008 and I Have This Dream, Latitude 53 Contemporary Visual Culture, Edmonton in 2012. In 2010, he was artist-in-residence at Memorial University of Newfoundland, as well as at the Pickle Art Centre in Beijing, China. 

Craig Francis Power: Les Fleurs du Mal will be on view at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia until March 10, 2013.


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