Opening Reception and Catalogue Launch, Friday, January 14, 7:30 pm
Artists' talks, Saturday, January 15, 2:00 pm, RPL Film Theatre
This exhibition features recent paintings by Canadian artists David Garneau and Monica Tap. Both artists have based their paintings on digital images of landscapes taken along roadsides or through the windows of moving vehicles. The speed of motorized travel and the instantaneous condition of the digital image, which can exist everywhere at once, are set in a dynamic contrast to the silent stillness of painting. The paintings by Tap offer glimpses into digitalized landscapes, captured by low-resolution video, that, once stilled, seem to be about to either materialize or unravel completely. Garneau's paintings of the Carlton Trail present the landscape through the lens of Métis culture and history, leading the viewer into new ways of looking at history, place, and identity.
David Garneau is Associate Professor of Visual Arts at the University of Regina. His paintings have been exhibited across Canada, in the United States and Switzerland. He is currently working on curatorial projects in Regina, Sydney, Adelaide and Zurich.
Monica Tap is an Associate Professor in the School of Fine Art and Music at the University of Guelph. Over the past ten years her canvases have been exhibited in Canada, New York and London, England. She is the recipient of many grants and awards, including one from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.
David Garneau and Monica Tapp, Another Roadside Abstraction (Installation View), 2011.