New at the White Water Gallery in North Bay, ON


  • Free Performance Art and Virtual Reality Workshop

    Join us for another FREE artist workshop on Saturday, February 3, 12-3 pm at WWG (159 Main St E)! A New Dimension is an interactive arts workshop combining performance art and Virtual Reality hosted by atlas gifford. It’s easy to sign up, just click here (or scan the QR code on the poster): http://bit.ly/wwgworkshop

    A New Dimension is a hybrid art workshop working in the intersection of digital and traditional media. We will be using performance art as an empowerment tool for participants to explore the theme of futurism, particularly imagining marginalized futures. What will the future of North Bay look like if we provided homeless people with adequate services? What does Indigenous self-determination look like? What does solidarity mean to you, going into the future? These questions and many more will be explored.

    We will capture participants’ performances in 360 degrees (in Virtual Reality) to encourage dynamism, something that can be lacking in performance art. Participants will be encouraged to take up space to imagine and construct the future within it.

    About the facilitator:

    atlas gifford (fae/faer, they/them) is an artist, zinester, and writer who relocated to North Bay in 2022. atlas is a reconnecting Métis person and their art practice is dedicated to disseminating information, community-building, and play. They are also the Executive Director of silver lining media, a new non-profit organization dedicated to zine publishing and creative empowerment workshops. They are completing their degree in Social Welfare and Social Development at Nipissing University. atlas previously studied Visual and Critical Studies at OCAD University and has facilitated workshops across the GTA and in North Bay, ON.

    For more information please email info@whitewatergallery.com or call 705-476-2444.

  • Sea-change

    A mixed media exhibition by Gary Blundell & Victoria Ward

    White Water Gallery is excited to present Sea-change, our first offering in 2024, from January 13 to March 9. An opening reception will be held on Saturday, January 13, from 1 to 3 pm with an artist talk by visiting artists Gary Blundell and Victoria Ward at 2 pm.

    From the artists:

    In the spring of 2022, we travelled to the Bay of Fundy and Prince Edward Island as guests of Parks Canada, to explore the dramatically changing shorelines caused by ever-rising sea levels and an increasing number of storm surges. Shorelines have always been a significant subject for us. They are eternal areas of transformation that lend themselves to thinking conceptually about the Earth. In some ways our ongoing thesis about how “wilderness” is a conceptual idea had its inception with our shoreline projects.

    In Shakespeare’s ‘The Tempest’, from which we found our exhibition title, Prospero, the play’s protagonist, creates a deadly storm that punishes his enemies. Throughout the play there are many references to the sea and its relationship to the story and characters. ‘Sea-change’ is a nod to the play, after viewing firsthand Atlantic coast communities having to adapt to enormous changes in the number of perilous ocean events. What we heard from the people that we met there was a consistent sense of foreboding and astonishment that the ocean they have lived on, many for generations, is becoming something they no longer know; a tempest in every sense of the word.

    Landscape is both an unconscious and tactile experience and we believe that one of the most compelling aspects of climate change is its profound and disconcerting effect on our species. We feel under threat. Witnessing this change and how it is changing us is a defining moment for us as landscape artists.

    Background:

    Abandoned industrial places have long been the major subject matter of our art making. For decades, we have been visiting sites looking at the impacts of natural resource development on landscape, including the human history that result from such activities. We work toward illuminating the idea that human industry and landscape are interlinked and believe the natural world is conceptual; “culture before water, wood and rock” (Simon Schama).

    Our recent exhibition, (Re)Inventing Landscape at the Tom Thomson Art Gallery in Owen Sound, explored the fact that when Thomson painted, his experience of Algonquin Park was actually a less pristine environment than we experience it today; a place filled with logging activity. We emphasized the point by selecting several of Thomson’s paintings to exhibit with us; highlighting that Canada’s landscape is haunted with our industrial past. This haunting is where our work exists.

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