Ian Funke-McKay's Ringmaster, 2019

Summer art at Confederation Centre Art Gallery

Five new exhibits with Opening Gala on June 22

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Fast Forward

6 artists and filmmakers

This summer the Confederation Centre Art Gallery (CCAG) in Charlottetown is presenting Fast Forward, a multimedia exhibition that explores these questions: “How did we get here?” and “Where are we going?” This exhibition features works by six artists and filmmakers from across Eastern Canada.

Fast Forward exhibit

The videos use film and video to showcase the artists’ own fantasies, speculations, and observations about their environments and the future—an investigation into current issues, such as the combative political landscape, modern economics, and climate change—outlooks that range from bleak to hopeful.

Lisa Theriault returns with the CCAG as a guest curator with this exhibition. The Canadian visual artist has curated works at galleries across Canada, including as a co-curator with this past season’s exhibition “Who’s Your Mother?” alongside Gallery curator, Pan Wendt, and with Art in the Open.

The exhibit runs June 1 to September 1. confederationcentre.com/gallery

Mapping Worlds

Shuvinai Ashoona

Shuvinai Ashoona is best known for her highly personal and imaginative drawings, with imagery ranging from monstrous and fantastical visions to closely observed naturalistic scenes of her Inuit culture and home community at Kinngait, Nunavut.

Shuvinai Ashoona’s The World in her Eyes, 2011

Opening June 8 at the Confederation Centre Art Gallery in Charlottetown, the exhibition Mapping Worlds features pencil crayon and ink drawings produced by the artist over the past two decades.

Living in Kinngait on the southern tip of Baffin Island, Ashoona is part of Canada’s Inuit culture. She is known for her personal and imaginative iconography, with imagery ranging from closely observed naturalistic scenes of her home, to monstrous and fantastical visions.

The artist’s work imagines the past and present fused into a prophetic future such as human-animal hybrid creatures, women birthing worlds, and mystical or other-worldly landscapes clearly inspired by the terrain of her northern home. Opposite to dystopic, Shuvinai’s brightly coloured drawings teem with life; and while her community occasionally clashes with the artist’s creatures, they often peacefully co-exist.

Says CCAG Director, Kevin Rice. “I also want to invite the public to a sneak preview of the exhibition with curator, Dr. Nancy Campbell, on June 7 at 2 pm. It will be an informal opportunity for Campbell to tour visitors through the exhibition while she is here for the installation.”

The exhibition is curated by Nancy Campbell and Justine Kohleal and organized and circulated by The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery, Toronto. Sponsored by TD Bank Group and supported by major donors The Schreiber Sisters and Anonymous, Canada Council for the Art and Ontario Arts Council.

Serpentine Signs

Ian Funke-McKay

The concourse of the Confederation Centre in Charlottetown will be filled with the colourful and lively work of young Halifax artist Ian-Funke McKay this summer. A graduate of NSCAD University, Funke-McKay was selected to exhibit with the Confederation Centre Art Gallery (CCAG) as part of the RBC Emerging Artists series, in what will be his second show on PEI. In the fall of 2018 he brought his striking banners and sculptural costumes to the gallery as part of its afterimage event. The exhibition will open June 22, and the artist will be present at CCAG’s Summer Gala at 7 pm.

Funke-McKay now works in a great variety of mediums and specializes in what he calls ‘displays’ that fuse emblems, sculptures, figurines, new media, and performance in a synthesis of historical and contemporary motifs.

“Funke-McKay’s installations bring a lot of things into conversation, and demonstrate his interest in everything from medieval pageantry to a futuristic imaginary, held together by a love of colour and pattern,” says Curator Pan Wendt.

The exhibition will feature large 2-dimensional patterned backdrops, shaped and painted styrofoam sculpture, patterned tiles, works on paper, and even a video-based piece. It runs to October 13.

Funke-McKay was a Media Arts Scholar in 2018 at the Centre For Art Tapes (CFAT) in Halifax.

Split Images: Truth and Fiction

Various Canadian artists from The CCAG Collection

Confederation Centre Art Gallery in Charlottetown is presenting a new exhibition featuring pictures from the collection that combine representations of real and fictional worlds. The show, entitled Split Images: Truth and Fiction, will be on display June 15 to January 12 and includes works from more than a dozen Canadian artists.

Jack Chambers, Stuart Shaw Mixing Reds and Greens, 1965

“Art can be both a reflection of reality, or perhaps reveal something about it, but it can also be about inventing or imagining other realities,” says Curator Pan Wendt. “Sometimes artworks combine the two tasks, embedding reality within a fictional space or vice-versa. This show is about the various ways this problem is embraced, and how it causes us to think about the natures of both truth and invention.”

The exhibition includes both historical and contemporary images, and features work by PEI painters Leslie Poole, John Dohe, and Robert Harris, and artists from across Canada, such as William Kurelek, Kim Ondaatje, Andrea Mortson, Tony Scherman, Jack Chambers and Christopher Pratt.


Philippa Jones

Confederation Centre Art Gallery (CCAG) in Charlottetown is showcasing Newfoundland-based artist Phillippa Jones’s interactive Perpetual exhibition as a part of its summer offerings. Jones is long-listed as a nominee for the Sobey Art Award Artists for the Atlantic Region.

Perpetual opens June 22 and will be on display until October 6. The exhibition considers mortality, reanimation, and the manipulation of time in images and multimedia installations based on samples from nature.

by Philippa Jones

Explains Kevin Rice, Director of the CCAG, “The artist recently lost a close friend and artistic collaborator, and this body of work is her way of dealing with this loss through the creation of beautiful and truthful, if sometimes disturbing work.”

The exhibition is also part of the RBC Emerging Artist series, and is the result of extensive studio visits conducted in St. John’s, Newfoundland-Labrador by CCAG curator Pan Wendt, who visited almost 20 artists and selected Philippa Jones for a solo exhibition. In the winter of 2020 this exhibition will be followed by a show featuring four St. John’s emerging artists that represent new talent.

Philippa Jones has been based in St. John’s since 2009 and has an art practice that includes printmaking, painting, pen-and-ink, animation, and interactive installations. She has exhibited at the National Gallery of Canada, The Rooms Provincial Art Gallery, and Beaverbrook Art Gallery, to name a few. She’s also giving a free Artist Talk at the CCAG on June 27 at 7 pm.

The CCAG curators say that they would like to extend its thanks to the Rooms Provincial Art Gallery who had shown much of this work as part of the exhibition Philippa Jones: Suspended.

Opening Gala

The public is invited for the Summer Art Opening Gala on June 22 from 7 to 9 pm at the Confederation Centre Art Gallery in Charlottetown. There is no cost to attend, all are welcome, and there will be live entertainment and a chance to meet some of the featured artists and socialize in the Gallery.

Ringmaster, 2019