Blue Mountain Foundation for the Arts
VISITING ARTISTS SERIES
January 4 – 29, 2012 • Arts Centre Gallery
163 Hurontario Street, Collingwood
Curated by Ron MacRae
Collette Broeders (painting, drawing, mixed media)
Catherine Farrell (printmaking)
Andrzej Maciejewski (photography)
All three artists in the exhibition share an interest in mapping and cataloging aspects of shifting environment, memory and experience. All three approaches differ as do their treatments through medium, but all revolve around managing and understanding time and space in relation to themselves as observer or protagonist.
Despite these similar theses, the outcomes produced and developed through their projects diverge widely, illustrating an individual intent and temperament. For the audience, the collective encounter with these works promises to be a rich and varied journey.
With Memory Specimans, Broeders negotiates the margins of abstraction integrating personal histories into universal themes of identity, culture and memory. The reanimation of objects and recollections of childhood into her work serve to provoke the viewer into revisiting narratives and fragments of their own identity and recollections.
Collette Broeders is a passionate mixed media artist merging traditional processes with new media. She has been exhibiting nationally and internationally in both solo and group exhibitions. In the 80’s she attended St. Clair College of Applied Arts and Technology followed by the University of Windsor for business studies and worked in accounting and database development for several years. By 2004, Broeders returned to the University of Windsor where she completed the Bachelor of Fine Arts program. Her studies focused on printmaking and investigated the digital realm where she combined both of these mediums. She is an active member of the arts community and maintains a studio in Oldcastle, Ontario, Canada.
Born in Saskatchewan and growing up in northern Ontario, Farrell connected early to prairie skies and vast stretches of space. Recalling frequent childhood road trips, she still finds comfort in the hypnotic calmness of landscape rolling past a vehicle window like a movie.
Farrell’s print, A New Order is a continuous, 47 ft-long print on a bolt of material inspired by a bull fight she witnessed and a recent road trip across Spain. This single, remarkable print was created specifically for the long brick wall in the Arts Centre.
Upon graduating in 2008 with a fine arts degree from McMaster University, Farrell has continued to develop her artistic skills and printmaking experience while working at the Ottawa School of Art. There she maintained and improved their studio facilities. She has attended printmaking conferences including the Southern Graphics Conference CommandPrint 2008 in Richmond, Virginia and Printopolis 2010 in Toronto. Farrell travels regularly to Toronto’s Open Studio to take advantage of their large scale printmaking presses. Her home studio is in Ottawa and she is working toward attaining an MFA, specializing in print media.
Maciejewski’s photographic works are documentaries of places, changing over time. His clinical technique serves, ironically, to render images that are brimming with both narrative and humanity.
The 36 framed photos that comprise Weather Report tell the story of the single view taken from a specially constructed climate-controlled, walk-in camera. This kind of voyeuristic surveillance, of Maciejewski’s own house, sitting on a quiet country road in the middle of nowhere, is captured in every detail that a split second across days, weeks and seasons can reveal. He then dutifully and meticulously adds that moment to his records and weather report.
Andrzej Maciejewski lives in Yarker, Ontario with his wife and family.
Maciejewski has appeared in numerous solo and group exhibitions in Canada, the US and Europe and his work has been published in a broad selection of periodicals and reviews over the past 20 years.
Blue Mountain Foundation for the Arts
163 Hurontario Street, Collingwood, Ontario L9Y 4E8
Office 705 445-3430
Curator 705 444-6724