The theme of Exhibition 2 of Screen 2010, created to celebrate the visual art of Canada is The Art of Knowledge- When Seeing is a Way of Knowing, curated by Donna Wawzonek. The exhibition centers around the work of Alex Janvier featured in the first slide. Other artists whose work embodies the qualities of Janvier's paintings were chosen to complete the exhibition . From my perspective it is an an odd assortment of work. Given the title I had preconceived notions about the type of work and the artists who might be included (given my limited knowledge). The work goes off in many different directions.
I found Pam Hall's On the Physiology of Female Reciprocity interesting for its title and concept . It explores the many ways a female body receives and gives. This diptych is part of a larger work titled Fragments from a ReConstructed Gynaeopedia which examines the female body as a site of knowledge. See other works from this series here.
It doesn't hurt that I know the range of Pam's work and where this particular piece fits in her long career. She is active in the arts community in St. John's, but much of her work has been show outside the province. To get a sense of the interesting work she has created check out her website.
I am particularly attracted to her Small Gestures, a daily practice she began in 2009
" to remind herself to be attentive , awake, and mindful as she begins each day. Simple, humble and ephemeral- these performed gestures are photographed and shared daily with friends on Facebook. They have evolved into a series of gentle interventions which serve as small "presents" of "presence". "
Did you have a favourite in Exhibition 2?