Material World – Contemporary Sculpture Exhibition Opens

January 12, 2012 – HALIFAX, NS – Opening on January 21, 2012, the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia will present the first exhibition in four years to examine contemporary sculpture from the Gallery’s Permanent Collection. Running to May 6th, Material World will explore “things” from the world around us and our relationship with them. The exhibition will include some of the newest additions to the Gallery’s area of sculpture as well as many pieces that have never been seen before.

Navigating the various strains of sculpture practice, from the found objects – the humble and the everyday – to traditional processes and new techniques, the artists in Material World draw upon consumer culture as a driving force behind their material choices, formal concerns, and the imagery they put forth.

Material World includes recent acquisitions of works by Canadian artists Thierry Delva (NS), Gerald Ferguson (NS), Phil Grauer, Irene Neal, Robin Peck (NB), Elspeth Pratt, Lauren Schaffer, Ron Terada and past Sobey Art Award winners Michel de Broin and Brian Jungen. These works and others from the collection are complimented by examples from several of the country’s leading contemporary artists including Toronto artist and last year’s Grange Prize winner Kristan Horton and Vancouver based duo Rhonda Weppler and Trevor Mahovsky.

David Diviney, Curator of Exhibitions says:

“Through divergent strategies of sculptural production that cross and challenge the expanded definition of the field, these artists celebrate the things that shape our surroundings as well as the human impulse to re-imagine them. The fundamental pleasures of making, undoing and recreating are at the crux of Material World.”

Ray Cronin, Director/CEO says:

“In Material World, we have an exhibition that explores how artists have used the stuff of reality, the materials that make up our world, to express their own sculptural ideas about the meaning of objects.”

Material World has been organized by the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia and is curated by David Diviney, Curator of Exhibitions. The exhibition is accompanied by a full-colour catalogue featuring essays by David Diviney and Dr. Sandra Alfoldy, Professor in Craft History at NSCAD University. The Gallery’s education department has also devised a program of events to support the exhibition including workshops, talks and discussions. To pre-book group tours please call Laura Carmichael at 902-424-6314.

Open to Public: Saturday January 21 to Sunday May 6th. 10am to 5pm Tuesday to Sunday and Thursdays until 9pm. Admission is $12 full price; $10 senior; $7 student; Youth $5; AGNS Members and children under 5 free. Admission is by donation every Thursday 5-9pm.

Images from Material World are available upon request. 


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