SKIN: the seduction of surface Opens


SKIN: the seduction of surface
Saturday May 19 – Sunday September 9, 2012

SKIN: the seduction of surface opens at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia

May 18, 2012 – HALIFAX, NS – On May 19th the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia (AGNS) unveils
SKIN: the seduction of surface, a compelling display of contemporary art where place, race, religion, identity and sexuality are all explored and probed through physical and conceptual ideas of skin.

Drawn from the AGNS Permanent Collection, as well as from numerous international private and public collections, SKIN: the seduction of surface brings together 36 works by Canadian and international artists whose collective work explores notions of skin in paint, print, sculpture and performance. 

The exhibition features Jana Sterbak’s internationally acclaimed Vanitas: Flesh Dress for an Albino Anorectic. Sterbak’s sculpture is created from 50 pounds of raw flank steak that is stitched together and hangs on a dress form. Over the course of the exhibition the heavily salted meat will decompose, cure and dry out.

Other artists whose work is included in the exhibition are: Vito Acconci, Duke and Battersby, Shary Boyle, Michel Campeau, Cora Cluett, Evergon, Eliane Excoffier, Emily Falencki, Alexandra Flood, Till Friewald, Eric Fischl, Rebecca Fisk, Doug Guildford, David R. Harper, Attila Richard Lukacs, Sarah Maloney, Mitch Mitchell, Kent Monkman, Kathleen Sellars, Marion Wagschal, Colleen Wolstenholme and Janice Wright Cheney.

Sarah Fillmore, Curator of SKIN says:

“SKIN is really about layers of life: scars, protective covering, a surface, a mediator and a conveyor of identity. This show pulls works in various media together in the hopes of exploring some of the notions of skin, our perceptions of surface and the seduction and sometime revulsion of that covering. The surface begs to be scratched and I invite you to join in.”

Ray Cronin, Director/CEO says:

“Certainly Jana Sterbak’s Vanitas has sparked much debate. Raw meat sewn together to form a dress, hanging in a Gallery setting, says so much about consumption, sexuality, appetite, beauty and revulsion. I’m thrilled that the AGNS has been able to bring this iconic work to Halifax and to offer the opportunity for our visitors to come and form their own opinion.”

SKIN: the seduction of surface has been organized by the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia and is curated by Sarah Fillmore, Chief Curator at the AGNS. The exhibition is accompanied by a full-colour catalogue.


Media Preview: Friday May 18th at 10.30am. A chance for media to preview the exhibition, meet the curator and several participating artists including: Jana Sterbak, Sarah Maloney, Emily Falencki, Mitch Mitchell, Doug Guildford, Cora Cluett, Janice Wright Cheney, Emily Vey Duke and Cooper Battersby.

Evening Reception: Friday May 18th at 6:30pm. Members and Invitation Only Event.

Open to Public: Saturday May 19th to Sunday September 9th.

NOW OPEN LATE - New Opening Hours: As part of our mandate to make the Gallery more accessible to visitors effective May 20th the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia will be open:
Monday through Sunday: 10am to 9pm and Sunday 12noon to 5pm.

Admission is $12 full price; $10 senior; $7 student; Youth $5; AGNS Members and children under 5 free. Admission is free every Thursday 5-9pm courtesy of BMO Financial Group.

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