Please join us on Thursday, April 12 at 7:30pm for the opening reception of two new exhibitions at the Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba.
The AGSM is proud to present Richard Ibghy and Marilou Lemmens' "Theatre from the Jungle" in the main gallery and the work of life long Westman artist Neil Stouffer, "Watching Paint Dry" in the Community Gallery.
"Theatre from the Jungle" is a collaborative experiment in theatre and installation that emerges from the unique landscape of immigration and labour in Brandon, Manitoba. The artists spent two months working primarily with recent immigrants living in Brandon, conducting interviews and workshoping performances built from lived experiences and literary sources. The project begins with selected passages from Upton Sinclair’s 1906 novel "The Jungle"—a story which documents the struggles of immigrant labour in the Chicago meat packing industry at the turn of the century. Participants rehearsed a script that weaves together the events depicted in the novel and the present-day situation in Brandon. The workshops were then filmed and are presented alongside participant interviews in a multi-channel video installation that gives an intimate yet theatrical representation of a dynamic that has a profound impact on the fabric of the Westman community.
Based in Durham-Sud, Canada, Richard Ibghy & Marilou Lemmens have developed a collaborative practice that spans across multiple media, including video, performance and installation. Their work explores the material, affective and sensory dimensions of experience that cannot be fully translated into signs or systems. For several years, they have examined the rationale upon which economic actions are described and represented, and how the logic of economy has come to infiltrate the most intimate aspects of life.
This exhibition is supported by the Canada Council for the Arts, and sponsored by UFCW Local 832
"Watching Paint Dry" is an exhibition of paintings by Belmont MB base painter Neil Stouffer. Neil’s life and art are inseparable. His voracious need to draw has hounded him for as long as he can remember, and his need to live life to its fullest can be seen in a lifetime of intrigue and adventure. This is reflected in his his life long art practice in which he continues to create worlds full of wonder and excitement. Watching Paint Dry celebrates one of the AGSM’s most prolific member’s with a new solo show of recent works that is but a taste of his impressive repertoire.
Neil graduated in 1958 with high honours from the School of Fine Art in Minneapolis, Minnesota, before receiving his Masters Degree in painting from Long Island University. He was an active painter in the New York and Minneapolis art scenes in the 50s and 60s, showing regularly and receiving many awards for his work through the years before moving to Belmont, MB in 1972 where he has lived and worked ever since.