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Exhibition Investigates Vulnerability of Daily Life

A new exhibition gives visitors to the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia a chance to consider the human condition through painting, automatic drawing, the moving image, and installation design. In All That Glows, Libby Hague, Lucie Chan, and Barry Doupé investigate the sorrow and vulnerability of daily life.

The exhibition is co-presented by the Centre for Art Tapes and the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia. It opens April 25 and runs until June 22. Exhibited artworks range from animated projections and videos to paper installations and puppets. It will include a one-night-only video screening of Barry Doupé’s feature animate The Colors that Combine to Make White are Important.

“For many years, the Centre for Art Tapes has invited artist-curators to curate screenings of animated shorts to riveted audiences,” said Mireille Bourgeois, the exhibition’s curator. “All That Glows is inspired by past animation programs, and is the first of its kind for the Centre.”

Spilling into the gallery space, and inviting physical interaction, Hague constructs three-dimensional paper and print installations incorporating abstracted puppets.  Her work examines our interdependency and ability to increase the joy and sadness in the world.

Chan’s suspended paper installations examine complicated and intimate relationships using watercolor paintings that are also transposed into delicate animations. They hold emotional depth with meditative presence.

Barry Doupé’s digitally drawn animations are saturated with color and with characters that often seem blocked from motion and emotion. Inspired by a dream state and the subconscious, the artist asks his audience to follow a narrative at a quiet pace. 

“This exhibition brings to the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia’s audience another opportunity to see work by Lucie Chan and to view her work in the context of two other important Canadian animation artists,” said Sarah Fillmore, Chief Curator, Art Gallery of Nova Scotia.
 
Two special events are associated with this exhibition. A gallery tour with the three artists takes place April 26 at 2:30 p.m. This is open to the public. Also, Barry Doupé’s film The Colors that Combine to Make White are Important will be screened May 8 at 7 p.m. in the Windsor Theatre at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia.

An artist book co-published by the Centre for Art Tapes and Conundrum Press on the artistic practices of Chan, Doupé and Hague will be launched during the artist tour, and will be available for purchase at the Gallery’s front desk. The book includes writings by animation artists and critical writers James MacSwain and Steve Reinke about the relationship of animated moving image practices within the visual art exhibition.

The Centre for Art Tapes is a not-for-profit artist-run charitable organization that supports artists at all levels working with electronic media including video, audio, and new media, explored in production facilities, through curated exhibitions and screenings. For information: www.cfat.ca .

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.

Conundrum Press is an independent local book publisher working out of Wolfville. They specialize in graphic novels. For more information: www.conundrumpress.com .

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