Place, the exhibit currently on display at Cape Breton University Art Gallery, ends its run this Friday, so this is your last chance to get out there and see it! Place is a visual reflection of indigenous culture from Australia and Canada, with works from artists Dr. Kisiku Saq’awei Paq’tism Randolph Bowers, Dwayne Wannamarra Wyndier Kennedy, and Elder Grace Kennedy.
“The title of this exhibition, Place, may at first seem unambiguous, but it in fact connotes several simultaneous and integrated themes,” says CBU Gallery Curator Laura Schneider. “For example, the idea of place resonates in the physical and spiritual places depicted in the art, in the intrinsic nature of place in Aboriginal identity, and in the universally transformative power of place upon identity.”
The captivating pieces are housed together in a showcase, hung in groupings, in a series of nine “circles”. Each circle, representative of the commonalities reflected between the cultures, provides an in-depth and knowledgeable description of this as well as the associated paintings and their meanings.
Go see it, stand back and view each piece, read the accompanying dialogue and embrace the deep knowledge that has lifted this exhibit into being. And if you can’t make it out to CBU before the run ends, visit the exhibit online.
The Art Gallery at Cape Breton University is open Monday through Friday, from 10am-4pm with the extended hours Wednesdays when they are open until 6:30. Admission is free, parking is $1 for the day. The annual show containing art from CBU Faculty, Staff, Students, and Alumni, is also on display in the main gallery.