Fact and Fiction at the Oakville Galleries this Fall

From September 19, 2015 to January 3, 2016

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Fact and Fiction at the Oakville Galleries this Fall

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Matthew Hyland

Matthew Hyland

Matthew Hyland has been director of Oakville Galleries, since 2008. Educated in women’s studies and cultural studies at York University and the University of Victoria, respectively, Hyland has been with Oakville Galleries since 2006. Prior to joining the staff at the Galleries, Hyland held positions at the Canadian Filmmakers Distribution Centre and the City of Toronto.

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Oakville Galleries is pleased to announce the opening of our fall exhibitions—The Missing Novella, a solo exhibition by Toronto-based artist Derek Sullivan; and Wild Permutations, a survey of Montreal-based photographer Jessica Eaton’s work.

Please join Oakville Galleries to celebrate our fall exhibition openings on Saturday 19 September from 2:30 pm–3:30 pm at Oakville Galleries at Centennial Square, followed by a reception at Oakville Galleries in Gairloch Gardens from 3:30 pm–5:00 pm. This event is generously sponsored by Trafalgar Brewing Company and Whole Foods Market, Oakville.

Derek Sullivan: The Missing Novella
19 September 2015 – 3 January 2016
Oakville Galleries in Gairloch Gardens

The work of Toronto-based artist Derek Sullivan draws on legacies of both conceptual art practices and modernist art and design. Working across media such as drawing, sculpture and book production, Sullivan wittily synthesizes and expands on forms from art history, literature, popular culture, and other realms to create new contexts and meanings for familiar ideas and iconographies.

For his solo exhibition at Oakville Galleries, Sullivan will stage Gairloch Gardens as a fictional country house inspired by well-known fictional settings, such as E.M. Forster’s Howards End and Belle Ombre, the home of Patricia Highsmith’s Tom Ripley. Featuring installations of books, screens and furniture sculptures; wall drawing; and a selection of recent works from his ongoing Poster Drawings series—including new works referencing decorative mirrors—Sullivan reimagines Gairloch estate as the setting of oblique narratives of class conflict, romance, family melodrama, and murder.

Jessica Eaton: Wild Permutations
19 September 2015 – 3 January 2016
Oakville Galleries at Centennial Square

Vibrant and enigmatic, Jessica Eaton’s work considers the very nature of photography. Using a large format film camera, she has developed a complex and experimental approach to image-making. At first glance, Eaton’s colourful geometric works can easily be misread as digital manipulations; however, on
close viewing, the surface textures, edges, and shadows reveal they are depictions of real objects. These photographs appear to defy the logic of time and space, even as they are produced by the straightforward mechanics of an analogue camera.

Calling up diverse references, from still lifes to hard-edge abstraction, colour theory diagrams and optical illusions, Eaton’s work asks us to consider both what “reality” a photograph captures, and the complex workings of vision, both human and technological.

Jessica Eaton: Wild Permutations is organized by the Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland and Transformer Station, Cleveland. Curated by Rose Bouthillier, Associate Curator, MOCA Cleveland.

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