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Chris Reid shows a piece of her hard pastel on paper.
Two new exhibitions opened at the Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba Thursday.
Vancouver artist Howie Tsui plays a pinball game which forms part of his exhibit, “Friendly Fire,” on Tuesday afternoon at the Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba. Tsui joins local artist Reid in a show that opened Thursday evening at the downtown gallery. (COLIN CORNEAU/BRANDON SUN)
Chris Reid’s "I Like To Believe I Am Telling The Truth" and Howie Tsui’s "Friendly Fire" both draw imagery from personal and national mythologies, while using satire and dark humour to respond to contemporary anxieties and difficult histories.
Both exhibitions are accompanied by catalogues and will run until March 16.
Co-produced with the Gallery 1C03 and Oseredok Ukrainian Cultural and Educational Centre in Winnipeg, "I Like To Believe I Am Telling The Truth" will present new and recent work by Brandon-based artist Reid.
The exhibition will include large-scale pastel drawings, Ukrainian Easter eggs and sculptural installations, through which Reid invents lush visual narratives.
Ranging from folkloric symbols of her Ukrainian heritage and her husband’s African heritage, such as Baba Yaga and Anansi the spider, to idiosyncratic anthropomorphic cats, dolls, bunnies and bread, Reid’s characters play out their actions in surreal prairie landscapes and unsettling domestic environments.
Meanwhile, in "Friendly Fire," Tsui draws on the history of health and medicine during the War of 1812.
Produced in collaboration with the Kingston Museum of Health Care and the Agnes Etherington Art Centre, the exhibition combines drawing and installation, including a functional pinball machine, Musketball.
Through the use of satire as a response to Tsui’s research into the brutality of war, the work becomes an unsettling commemoration of overlooked histories such as self-injury, ethno-political strife, medical theories and practices of the period, as well as the relations between the British and their First Nations allies.
Inspired by these two exhibitions, the winter AGSM Art School program will include a 10-week drawing course by Reid.
The artist will also present a free workshop on painting Ukrainian Easter Eggs on Feb. 23, accompanied by an extended exhibition tour and artist talk.
Local graphic novelist Curt Shoultz will also give a workshop, titled "Heroes and Monsters," which will introduce participants to storytelling through images.
Gallery hours are: Tuesday to Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday evenings until 9 p.m., and now open on Saturdays from noon until 5 p.m.
It is closed Sundays and Mondays. After-hours workshops and tours are available by appointment.
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition January 18, 2013