Community: Melfort Arts Council
May 1, 2018 to May 23, 2018
Location: Sherven-Smith Art Gallery
Made possible through a special partnership with AKA artist-run and the Organization of Saskatchewan Arts Councils. This exhibition is curated by Derek Sandbeck. Surveying diverse emerging practices across Saskatchewan, Futures brings together Simon Fuh, Todd Gronsdahl, Andie Palynchuk, Gerry Potié, Colby Richardson, Yonina Rollack, David Stonhouse, and Kyle Zurevinski. The presentation of these artists together examines the past to create real and imagined futures. Creating new from the anterior. Each artist explores the theme through varied means; Fuh, Palynchuk, Potié and Rollack utilize introspection as an origin point for their practices. Considering childhood and personal histories to create other worlds; storytelling and constructing future realities to explore the self. Richardson and Zurevinski investigate out-dated technologies and their contemporary function and place; creating work by referencing and manipulating the past to instigate unfamiliar ideas and potentials for the antiquated. Gronsdahl and Stonhouse look to history to inform and direct their work. Gronsdahl creates myths and future narratives from official histories, while Stonhouse makes reference to the canon of painting and utilizes materials to experiment and challenge the medium. Through these individual approaches a strong aesthetic parallel emerges fashioned from colour, pattern and whimsy. Minimalist and lavish imagery coalesce in divergent depictions of personal, mythological and technological futures.