SHAPESHIFTERS

SHAPESHIFTERS Vol.1
David Diviney : From here to yonder
EXHIBITION OPENS FRIDAY, JULY 13, 2007, 6PM
with visiting artist DAVID DIVINEY in attendance ARTIST TALK 8PM
Third Space Gallery launches SHAPESHIFTERS, a series of exhibitions that focus on contemporary Canadian sculptural practices. The first in the series is a solo exhibition by Kamloops, BC–based artist David Diviney, whose diversity of forms and techniques positions him as a utilitarian folk artist. From here to yonder is a presentation of sculptures that blend trompe l’oeil, fabrication, replication and invention toward a satirical investigation of pop culture.
The broader subjects of folklore within pop culture has long served as a starting point in Diviney’s work. This direction has been influenced in part by his own autobiography: he was born and raised in the foothills of Appalachia, and as a result has a keen interest in the provisional savvy and self-sufficient ways of the “Mountain People” of rural America. This interest is mirrored in a methodology loosely based on the backwoods ingenuity and creative gestures of this culture. His sculptures draw upon rituals of hunting to the language of the streets, directly responding to aesthetic trends in both. As a result, his ongoing sculptural production is rooted in visual structures of rural expression as filtered through a study of found objects and imagery.
David Diviney received his BFA from Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia and his MFA from NSCAD, Halifax. He has exhibited his work widely and has had recent solo exhibitions at the ODD Gallery, in Dawson City, Alternator Gallery in Kelowna BC, Artcite in Windsor ON, Helen Pitt Gallery in Vancouver BC, Gallery 101 in Ottawa ON, Axenéo7, Gatineau QC and Galerie Verticale in Laval, QC.
SHAPESHIFTERS received generous project assistance from the City of Saint John Community Arts Program. Additional support comes from the Telegraph Journal, Picaroons Brewing, T4G, Punch Productions and the Province of New Brunswick.
From here to yonder continues until August 25, 2007
SHAPESHIFTERS Vol.2 : Jean-Denis Boudreau : Sofa-Tête + Instructions
Opening Friday August 10, 6PM at 97 King Street
Artist Talk at 8pm, Third Space Gallery
Exhibition can be viewed 24/7 until September 8, 2007
SHAPESHIFTERS is a series of exhibitions that focus on contemporary Canadian sculptural practices and take place in Saint John, NB between July 2007 and May, 2008. There are four individual artists included in the series: Kamloops, BC based David Diviney, Montréal-based Tricia Middleton, Moncton-based Sobey Art Award nominee Jean-Denis Boudreau and Montréal-based Stephan Schultz.
With Sofa-Tête, Jean-Denis Boudreau blures the line between art and commerce, sculpture and consumer good, exhibition and storefront display. Housed in one of the discount retailer The Bargain! Shop windows at the head of King Street will sit sculptures of helmets designed to envelop ones head in complete isolation and comfort. Although an absurd device, Sofa-Tête draws attantion to our culture of rapacious consumerism.
And while taking the Gallery Hop tour, keep your eyes peeled for unusual signage. Instructions are a set of graphic schematics printed on vinyl and affixed to objects in public spaces, designed to aid and assist in basic everyday functions. Through this gesture Boudreau further integrates art into our daily lives.
Jean-Denis Boudreau studied animation and graphics at the New Brunswick Community College and received a BFA from the University of Moncton. He is a member of Atelier Imago and Collectif Taupe in Moncton and has been shortlisted for the annual Sobey Art Award 2007.
SHAPESHIFTERS received generous project assistance from the Canada Council for the Arts and the City of Saint John Community Arts Program. Additional support comes from the Telegraph Journal, Picaroons Brewing, The Bargain! Shop, T4G, Punch Productions and the Province of New Brunswick.
SHAPESHIFTERS Vol. 3 : Tricia Middleton : Ether frolics
Opening Friday September 14, 6PM
Artist Talk at 8pm, Third Space Gallery
WORKSHOPS Saturday and Sunday September 15 + 16, 12noon
SHAPESHIFTERS is a series of exhibitions that focus on contemporary Canadian sculptural practices and take place in Saint John, NB between July 2007 and May, 2008. There are four individual artists included in the series: Kamloops, BC based David Diviney, Montréal-based Tricia Middleton, Moncton-based Sobey Art Award nominee Jean-Denis Boudreau and Montréal-based Stephan Schultz.
With Ether Frolics, Tricia Middleton re-combines previous art installations into garish forms that resemble 19-century garden furniture. Conflating bourgeois leisure pursuits at the dawn of large-scale industrialization with the hollowed out husks of contemporary commodity culture, Middleton strives to bring to the forefront our collective historical ammnesia.
WORKSHOPS! Middleton will offer scavenging art workshops Saturday and Sunday, September 15 + 16 from 12noon – 3pm. Day 1 : the thingishness of things . Bring an object(s) to use in a collective sculpture. A dollar-store scavenger-hunt may be part of the workshops.
Day 2 : Making Things. Bring drawing supplies. A dollar-store scavenger-hunt will be part of the workshops. Admission is free!
Tricia Middleton is a multidisciplinary artist who received a BFA from the Emily Carr Institute of Fine Art and a MFA from Concordia University. She lives and works in Montréal.