Natural/Urban Environments: Extending Parameters in Contemporary Canadian Landscape Art

Gallery 1C03

semi-abstract landscape in blues and greens with red rabbit in foreground and triangular shapes behind it

Linus Woods, Jade Elk to Jade Rabbit, 2003, acrylic and oil on paper. Collection of the University of Winnipeg. Gift of anonymous alumnus donor.

rural prairie landscape in winter and summer, showing telephone poles and fencing.

Bill Lobchuk, Concerning Work, silkscreen, 11/60. Collection of the University of Winnipeg. Gift of Glenn H. Tinley.

April 23 - August 7, 2018
Convocation Hall (2nd Floor of Wesley Hall)

Exhibition talk/tours: Monday, April 23 at 12:30 p.m.
                                  Wednesday, July 4 at 12:00 p.m.
ASL can be provided for this event with two weeks notice by contacting Gallery 1C03's Director/Curator. 

Natural/Urban Environments: Extending Parameters in Contemporary Canadian Landscape Art is a group exhibition featuring paintings, prints and poetry by thirteen Canadian artists represented in the University of Winnipeg’s art collection. This exhibit is curated by undergraduate students Geneviève Riou and Aaron Demeter as part of their practicum for their honours level curatorial studies course.

The Group of Seven’s artistic style and strong, romantic vision of the North American landscape has remained a popular image for expressing Canadian identity and the character of the land. While their paintings hold an important place in history, they tend to obscure more distinctive renderings of landscape in contemporary Canadian art. No longer are scenes of untamed forests, uninhabited prairies and seascapes the only sources artists and writers use to make sense of the Canadian landscape. Scenes of urban life and human activity have now been pushed into landscape painting, the same way these forces have taken over physical space in today’s modern era. Without losing sight of the power that land holds in our imagination, Natural/Urban Environments: Extending Parameters in Contemporary Canadian Landscape attempts to survey artist conceptions of landscape as well as grasp fresh directions artists have taken in depicting rural and urban scenes in Canada.

Featuring works by Wanda Koop, Linus Woods, Kam-Wing Lee, Caroline Dukes, Bill Lobchuk and many others – all of whom have a connection to Manitoba – Natural/Urban Environments also focuses on finding diversity in ideas and representation within the collection. In displaying works by a varied selection of artists, the exhibition showcases the richness of artistic vision on the prairies. Like the distinct natural features of the North American landscape, each unique artwork reminds us that not every artist shares the same perception of their surroundings. In Natural/Urban Environments one will find cityscapes, portraits and rural scenes in a variety of media, which ultimately speak to some of the diversity of Canada, its peoples and its surroundings.

-Geneviève Riou and Aaron Demeter, exhibition curators

The exhibition will open with a free curatorial talk/tour by Riou and Demeter on Monday, April 23 at 12:30 p.m. in Convocation Hall.

Convocation Hall is a wheelchair accessible venue. However, it is not open to the public regular hours. Many internal and external public events take place in Convocation Hall, including lectures, panel discussions and symposia/conferences. The exhibition will be viewable during these times and by appointment through contacting Gallery 1C03's Director/Curator.

For more information contact:
Jennifer Gibson, Director/Curator, Gallery 1C03
1st floor, Centennial Hall, The University of Winnipeg
515 Portage Ave, Winnipeg MB R3B 2E9
Phone: 204.786.9253