Signs Of Our Time. A nationally touring exhibition of photography that documents the interaction of language and landscape, through photographic installations created over the course of a decade by Creates, a contemporary photo-based artist from Newfoundland.
Signs Of Our Time
Marlene Creates: Signs Of Our Time is a nationally touring exhibition of photography that documents the interaction of language and landscape, through photographic installations created over the course of a decade by Marlene Creates, a contemporary photo-based artist from Newfoundland.
"The photography-based art of Marlene Creates has long dealt with the relationship between marking and landscape," writes curator Robin Metcalfe. "Her photographs function as a means of documenting that relationship and posing critical questions about how our perceptions of the land are constructed through language." Creates' photography reframes public signs which are commonly used to mark city limits or tourist attractions as a way to evoke aspects of local or regional identity.
The exhibition is accompanied by a bilingual catalogue, with essays by world-renowned art critic, Lucy Lippard and exhibition curator, Robin Metcalfe.
Marlene Creates lives in Portugal Cove, Newfoundland. For twenty-five years her work has been an exploration of the relationship between human experience and geography - both natural and built environments - and the impact they have on each other. Since the 1970s, she has participated in over 200 solo and group exhibitions across Canada, and in Ireland, Scotland, England, France, Denmark and the United States. She has taught visual arts at the University of Ottawa, Algonquin College and the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. Marlene has been a guest lecturer at over 100 institutions including the National Gallery of Canada, the Glasgow School of Art, the University of Oxford and many Canadian universities.
Her artwork is in numerous public collections including the Department of Foreign Affairs of the Government of Canada, the Government of Newfoundland & Labrador, the National Gallery of Canada and The Rooms Provincial Art Gallery in St. John's. She received the 1996 Artist of the Year Award from the Newfoundland & Labrador Arts Council. In 2001 she was elected to the Royal Canadian Academy of the Arts.
Marlene Creates: Signs of Our Time is produced and circulated by Saint Mary's University Art Gallery, Halifax, in collaboration with the Provincial Art Gallery, The Rooms, St John's and Tom Thomson Memorial Art Gallery, Owen Sound and Cambridge Galleries. The tour and lectures are supported in part by the Canada Council for the Arts and by a contribution from the Museum Assistance Program, Department of Canadian Heritage.
Cambridge Galleries are supported by the membership, the City of Cambridge, the Canada Council and the Ontario Arts Council.
Join us the evening of Friday, July 6:
Artist Presentation: 7:00 pm
Opening Reception: 8:00 pm
Cambridge Galleries, QUEEN'S SQUARE
1 North Square, Cambridge, Ontario N1S 2K6 Canada
Gallery Hours: Mon-Thurs 9:30 am-8:30 pm
Fri & Sat 9:30 am-5:30 pm; Sun Closed