With new spring and summer exhibitions on the horizon, it’s the last chance to take in four exhibitions at the Confederation Centre Art Gallery in Charlottetown. Give Me Shelter and Eye Candy will both close April 6, and Gerard Clarkes: A Haunted Land and The Drive both conclude in early May.
The Centre’s concourse features a selection of larger works by Canadian painters Marcel Barbeau, Louis Belzile, Wayne Boucher and David Urban. Dubbed Eye Candy, these rich and colourful works were recently donated to the Gallery’s permanent collection and present lively bursts of colour for winter-weary visitors.
Give Me Shelter is a two-gallery survey of emerging artists based in St. John’s, NL. This exhibition features a variety of mediums, ranging from painting and drawing, to video and photography, to sculpture and textile.
“I really enjoyed getting to know the artistic scene in St. John’s,” says exhibition Curator Pan Wendt. “Most of the artists there are not actually from the city, which shelters many subcultures from around the world. This became a theme for a show—St. John’s as a sort of safe harbour, a place one can carve out a unique identity.”
The very popular winter exhibition The Drive situates the work of Tom Thomson, the Group of Seven, and their peers in relation to diverse Indigenous and Canadian artists in order to highlight the complexity of the representation of landscape. Organized and circulated by the Art Gallery of Guelph, the exhibition speaks to the effects of colonization and changing relationships to the land through creative responses around sustainability and environmental justice.
PEI-based artist Gerard Clarkes is the focus of A Haunted Land, showing until May 9. This major exhibition features a large selection of the enigmatic, theatrical landscapes he produced in Toronto in the 1960s and 1970s as well as a selection of more recent works painted in Mexico over the past decade.