Unusual Combo Featured in New WAG@ThePark Exhibition

Winnipeg, Manitoba, March 10, 2017: Beautiful landscape paintings alongside strange “animal-morphic” characters set the stage for a new exhibition at WAG@ThePark. Competing Natures: W.J. Phillips and Marcel Dzama brings together the work of Manitoba historical and contemporary artists W.J. Phillips and Marcel Dzama to highlight the subtle, and not so subtle differences in the way they conceive, value, and creatively capture nature as a subject in their work.

The exhibition opens this Saturday, March 11 at WAG@ThePark, located in the Assiniboine Park Pavilion, and runs until summer. Admission is free.

Phillips and Dzama have very little in common at first view. Born and education in England, Phillips spent most of his professional career in Canada. He painted the diverse Canadian landscape with exacting detail over a half-century ago. In contrast, Winnipeg-born, New York-based Dzama’s contemporary drawings depict an imagined world stripped of landscape with hybrid creatures that hover between adorable and grotesque.

“Phillips and Dzama oddly complement each other,” states Andrew Kear, exhibition curator and WAG Curator of Historical Canadian Art. “With little common ground, the practices of Phillips and Dzama are linked in theme by the natural world. How each artist represents that world is unique, complex, and stunning all at the same time.”

In addition to Competing Natures, WAG@ThePark currently features:
Third Floor • Ivan Eyre Gallery
Wasteland Dreamland: Early Works by Ivan Eyre, 1957-1969 
The Pavilion houses the largest collection of artwork by Ivan Eyre, one of Canada’s most esteemed artists. This exhibition showcases paintings, drawings, and sculptures completed during Eyre’s first decade of creative production.

Second Floor • The Community Gallery
Through The Eyes of a Child • March 24 - May 28
The annual exhibition of work by young artists enrolled in WAG Studio art classes. This year’s exhibit features group projects from public and sponsored winter classes. Several hundred talented youth are represented through block printing and clay work.

In 2016, the Assiniboine Park Conservancy (APC) and the WAG launched WAG@ThePark. The partnership presents WAG-curated exhibitions at The Pavilion, drawn primarily from the APC collection, as well as from the WAG collection. With free admission to the galleries, WAG@ThePark increases access to the work of living and historical Canadian artists.

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