Archive for October, 2008

This week in Sackville I am painting images of the town and of the surrounding countryside that were painted in the late 19th century by the artists John Hammond and Ethel Ogden. Ethel was quite an accomplished and innovative painter for her short life but the only recognition she received in her time was a short mention in the local paper of her china painting.

There is an unconfirmed story of a relationship between the two of them that has surfaced occasionally this week. There is some evidence that Ethel may have been instrumental in bringing Hammond to Sackville in 1893 with the Owens Art Collection. She studied under him in Saint John and then continued as a colleague in Sackville. The extent of the relationship is not clear, but he was her teacher and mentor and they would have gone out together to do plein air landscape painting. Many of their compositions are uncannily similar. Ethel died at a young age of tuberculosis but before this Hammond had married someone else.


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Serf City

Opened up a dialogue with Saint John this evening on a community radio program called Serf City at CFMH 107.3 FM (free, public access to the airwaves for anyone who may be interested in being on the air). Thanks to the host Mark Leger and producer Mike Parker for asking me to share the airwaves with them and the community of Saint John.

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The Myths that Brought Us Here
This fall, Pictorial Propaganda will retrace the history of the New Brunswick Museum and the Owens Art Gallery from Saint John to Sackville. As they both can claim to be the “oldest”  – the oldest continuing museum in the case of the former, and the oldest university art gallery for the latter, I am interested in these histories  and its impact on artists and artistic taste in the region. In Saint John, I will set up a portable easel and reproduce landscape paintings from the New Brunswick Museum’s collection in the recently built tourist attraction of Market Square. In Sackville, I will reproduce landscape paintings from the Owens Art Gallery’s collection in various locations that reflect the daily movements of the town’s inhabitants. This will open a space for dialogue between myself and the local residents, they’ll even have a chance to trade something with me for one of the paintings that result from the performance. It is an opportunity to slow down time, create intimacy with strangers and to subvert the systems of global capitalism that are at work around us.

Third Space / Tiers epace …. Struts Gallery …. Owens Art Gallery

Les mythes qui nous ont transporté ici

Cet automne Propagande Picturale retracera l’histoire du Musée du Nouveau-Brunswick et du Owens Art Gallery de Saint-John à Sackville. Tous les deux s’annonce comme le « plus ancien » – le plus ancien musée toujours actif dans le cas du premier et la plus ancienne galerie d’art universitaire dans le cas du deuxième. Je m’intéresse à ces histoires et leur impact sur les artistes et le goût artistique de la région. À Saint-John, je m’installerai avec mon chevalet portable afin de reproduire des paysages de la collection du Musée du Nouveau Brunswick dans le « Market Square, » récemment aménagé pour les
touristes. À Sackville, je reproduirai des paysages de la collection du Owens Art Gallery dans plusieurs lieux représentant l’itinéraire des résidants de la ville. Cela me permettra d’entreprendre un dialogue avec les résidents, qui auront également la chance d’échanger quelque chose contre une de les peintures résultant de la performance. C’est l’opportunité de ralentir le temps, de crée une intimité avec les inconnus et de subvertir les forces économiques de la mondialisation autour de nous.

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