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Whimsical, Thought-provoking Retrospective Opens

HALIFAX, NS – Nov. 1, 2013 – Nova Scotians who have enjoyed the drunken lamp posts installed on Halifax’s waterfront last summer can explore more of the quirky humour of two esteemed Canadian artists beginning Saturday.

The Way Things Are is a 25-year survey of the work of Chris Hanson and Hendrika Sonnenberg and their first solo exhibition in Halifax. It is on view at Art Gallery of Nova Scotia from Nov. 2 to Jan. 26, 2014.

The 60-piece installation, occupying a full floor of the gallery, includes photography, video, animation, and sculptures. A newly finished offering is an animated video of the lampposts and other favorite subjects. Two pieces from the exhibition were installed on the Halifax waterfront in March 2012. Got Drunk, Fell Down presents a fallen light standard, while a second lamp looks on with concern. Fountain illustrates a biological need not usually associated with well-lighted city streets.

"We are excited to be back in Halifax and grateful for this opportunity to look at 25-plus years of work," said Hendrika Sonnenberg.

The internationally acclaimed artists, who work out of Brooklyn, New York, are known for their pale blue or green polystyrene foam sculptures of everyday objects. The work reflects on the artists’ surroundings and an often humorous take on everyday objects and situations. It has been exhibited in galleries and art museums across North America, as well as part of the Toronto one-night arts festival Nuit Blanche.

“Having the chance to showcase the work of Hanson and Sonnenberg at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia is an honour for the province,” said Communities, Culture and Heritage Minister Tony Ince. “As minister I am looking forward to supporting this kind of thought-provoking experience for art lovers and all Nova Scotians.”

The Waterfront Development Corporation has generously supported the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia in making this exhibit available to Nova Scotians.

Another exhibition, Shifting Ground, marks the re-opening of the First Nations and Inuit galleries. These galleries have moved to the mezzanine on the second floor in Gallery North, improving access and increasing the amount of space devoted to this important part of Nova Scotia’s heritage.

The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia is the largest art museum in Atlantic Canada with a mission to engage people with art. With locations in downtown Halifax and Yarmouth, the gallery houses the province’s art collection and offers a range of exceptional exhibitions, education and public programming.


For further information: Nicole Watkins Campbell | Communications Advisor | Art Gallery of Nova Scotia | 902-424-2903 | watkinni@gov.ns.ca


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