WAG Gets Ready for Summer with organic

Winnipeg, Manitoba, April 19, 2018: The first in a new, ongoing series of contemporary art exhibitions at the Winnipeg Art Gallery (WAG), organic will get you in the mood for summer with floral paintings and botanical watercolour illustrations. On view starting April 21, the show brings together Brooklyn-based painter Tess Michalik with Winnipeg artist Chantal Dupas to capture the beauty of the natural world.

A perfect pairing alongside the WAG’s upcoming Impressionist exhibition, Michalik’s floral abstractions celebrate nature through Rococo-inspired lyricism and colour. Dupas’ watercolours suggest a more scientifically rooted and exacting approach, obscuring details to underline both a connection to and an estrangement from domestic botanicals.

On view until September 3, the paintings are joined by a selection of decorative artwork drawn from the WAG collection, uncovering another layer to the theme within both art history and contemporary design.

The WAG’s New Contemporary series responds in different ways to timely social, political, cultural, and aesthetic issues. With a focus on Manitoba artists and content, contemporary artwork and projects will be presented to give voice to a broad range perspectives.

• Friday, May 4, 7pm • FREE celebration featuring a guided tour with the artists.
• May 26, 27, 2pm • Drop-in guided tours including both organic and SakKijâjuk. See wag.ca for more dates. Free with Gallery admission.

Quick Facts:
• Dupas’ work is rooted in a reflective interest in the cyclical and fragile nature of life.
• She holds a BFA from the University of Manitoba and studied at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design along with a summer program at Yale University.
• Michalik received a BFA from Herron School of Art & Design and earned a MFA from Northern Illinois University.
• She immerses herself in Modernism and the decorative arts as historical veins and studies the history of the bourgeois and its relationships with decoration, craft, and beauty.
• The WAG is Canada’s oldest civic art gallery and is home to over 27,000 artworks spanning centuries, media, and cultures, including the largest public collection of contemporary Inuit art on earth.

This exhibition mixes the old with the new, in practice and design. Chantal, Tess and I mined the collection of decorative arts and came up with an installation of works from the 18th century that are in dialogue with new paintings. Presenting a conversation through time, artists have been influenced by the organic natural world to create work of sublime aesthetics.
-- Jaimie Isaac, WAG Curator of Indigenous and Contemporary Art, curator of organic

Winnipeg Art Gallery

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The Winnipeg Art Gallery is a cultural advocate using art to connect, inspire, and inform. Playing a dynamic role in the community, we are a place for learning, dialogue, and enjoyment through art. The WAG holds in trust the largest public collection of contemporary Inuit art on earth. To celebrate the art and to honour the Inuit, the WAG is building the Inuit Art Centre, the first of its kind in the world. Breaking ground in 2018, the Centre will bridge Canada’s North and South through exhibitions, research, education, and art making. To learn more visit wag.ca



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