Oakville Galleries presents Corin Sworn and Aleksandra Domanović

Corin Sworn art exhibit
Oakville Galleries presents Corin Sworn and Aleksandra Domanović

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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 spring exhibitions–Corin Sworn, a self-titled show by the Glasgow-based artist; and Mother of This Domain, an exhibition of works by Berlin-based
artist Aleksandra Domanović.

Please join Oakville Galleries to celebrate these exhibition openings on Sunday 20 March 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.

Corin Sworn exhibit

Corin Sworn will be exhibiting a the Oakville Galleries this spring

Corin Sworn exhibit will take place from March 20 to May 29, 2016 at the Gairloch Garden’s Gallery.

Raised in Toronto and currently based in Glasgow, artist Corin Sworn was the 2015 recipient of the Max Mara Art Prize for Women and represented Scotland at the Venice Biennale in 2013. At Oakville Galleries, she presents her first solo exhibition in an Ontario museum, bringing together two bodies of work not previously seen in central Canada.

Several years ago, Sworn found an abandoned collection of 35mm slides by chance in an alleyway near her home. Images of mundane domestic scenes, objects that are not easily deciphered, and numerous images of clocks hint
at the biography of the unknown photographer. In response, the artist has created an open-ended spoken narrative to accompany these images, composed of found texts, poetic excerpts, and the artist’s own speculative thoughts on what the images might mean and why they were taken.

Alongside this piece, Sworn presents another series of works that, while notably different in form, are likewise engaged in ideas of chance and discovery: a series of silk panels that have been hand-coloured using dyes sourced from a variety of plants, such as goldenrod, cabbage and onion skins. Impossible to control or preserve, the colour variations in the resulting works range from earthy yellows and browns to delicate peaches and blues.

Corin Sworn is organized by Oakville Galleries and presented in partnership with the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival.

Aleksandra Domanović exhibit

Aleksandra Domanović will be exhibit her works this spring at the Oakville Galleries.

Aleksandra Domanović: Mother of This Domain will take place from March 20 to May 29, 2016 at the Centennial Square Gallery.

Born in the former Yugoslavia and now based in Berlin, artist Aleksandra Domanović has garnered international acclaim for her works on the history of media and technology, winning the prestigious 2014/2015 ars viva prize.
While the artist is not quite of the “born digital” generation, her work responds directly to the impact of the Internet and other digital technologies on how knowledge is produced and disseminated.

For her exhibition at Oakville Galleries, Domanović brings together a series of works that focus on the deep personal connections between people and technology, especially women and technology. Through sculpture, video and photographic installation, Domanović draws on the work of pioneering female programmers, female figures in popular science-fiction and her own personal narrative–a narrative that corresponds directly to the rise of the Internet and the collapse of her home in the former Yugoslavia. In doing so, she explores how images and ideas are circulated–and how political and historical narratives are developed–in the digital age.

Aleksandra Domanović: Mother of This Domain is organized by Plug In ICA, Winnipeg and guest curated by Caitlin Jones. Presented in partnership with the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival.

Oakville Galleries in Gairloch Gardens is located at 1306 Lakeshore Road East, 2 km east of downtown Oakville. Tuesday to Sunday 1:00 pm-5:00 pm. Oakville Galleries at Centennial Square is located at 120 Navy Street in downtown Oakville. Tuesday to Thursday 12:00 pm-9:00 pm; Friday 12:00 pm-5:00 pm; Saturday 10:00 am-5:00 pm; Sunday 1:00 pm-5:00 pm. Admission is free.

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