Markham

Varley Art Gallery features two Canadian artists in two new winter exhibitions

Monday, February 11, 2019

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MARKHAM, ON – February 11, 2019— On Friday, February 8, the Varley Art Gallery of Markham launched two new Canadian exhibitions for its winter season - Chris Kline and Yam Lau: Weave and Moving through darkness into the clearing.

“The Varley Art Gallery of Markham is renowned for its important holdings of historical Canadian art, but is becoming equally well known for its cutting edge contemporary shows,” says Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti. “The exhibition Weave, is an excellent example of this. It brings together two seemingly different artists, Chris Kline and Chinese-Canadian Yam Lau, in an understated yet elegant installation that will engage all who view it.”

Chris Kline and Yam Lau: Weave is an exhibition presented by two Canadian artists that reflects precise involvement in the fields of force of materials. Though an unusual pairing, the artists' respective works have surprising similarities with Kline's hand-coloured paintings and Lau's cinematic movements through simulated space.

This exhibition, curated by Stephen Horne and Sunny Kerr, is organized and circulated by the Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Queen’s University, with the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council and the City of Kingston Arts Fund through the Kingston Arts Council. Chris Kline and Yam Lau: Weave will be on display at the Varley Art Gallery until April 21, 2019.

Moving through darkness into the clearing, curated by Anik Glaude, considers the ways in which artists return to the land in search of subject matter and how these repetitive actions are informed by their understanding of place and identity. Photographic works by Greg Staats, Kanien’kehá:ka (Mohawk) both compliment and challenge the Group of Seven's distinctly Canadian landscape style.

Staats combines language and mnemonics with imagery drawn from the Ontario landscape as part of an ongoing process of conceptualizing a Haudenosaunee restorative aesthetic that explores multiple relationships with trauma, renewal and place. This exhibition will be on display at the Varley Art Gallery until April 7, 2019.

“An important part of the Gallery’s mandate is not just to research and display the art of F.H. Varley,” says Varley Art Gallery Director Niamh O’Laoghaire, “but to keep it relevant to new audiences. A key way of doing that is to place works by Varley and his peers in conversation with contemporary objects. Curator Anik Glaude has done an excellent job of this by pairing Greg Staats with the Group of Seven in the exhibition Moving through darkness into the clearing.”

The Varley’s winter exhibitions opening reception marks the beginning of a spectacular season at Markham’s premiere art gallery, located in the heart of historic Main Street Unionville. Complementing Chris Kline and Yam Lau: Weave and Moving through the darkness into the clearing exhibitions, attendees had a chance to enjoy a “Curator’s Pick” talk and be among the first to experience these new exhibitions at the Varley Art Gallery.

Learn more about the Varley’s workshops and public events at VarleyArtGallery.ca


Photos:

Visitors examining tree specimens after an in-gallery “nature walk” with Toronto and Region Conservation Authority’s Liana D’Andrea, who discussed the trees represented in the exhibition Moving through darkness into the clearing. Photo credit: Louis Li


Visitors experiencing Yam Lau's installation in Chris Kline and Yam Lau: Weave. Photo credit: Louis Li


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Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti's Office: Lama Nicolas, Senior Communications Advisor at lnicolas@markham.ca or 416-671-2890.

For all other media inquiries / interview requests for the City of Markham:
Erynn Sally, Media Relations Coordinator at esally@markham.ca or 416-737-2684

About Markham: Markham, an award-winning municipality with over 355,000 residents and the largest of nine communities in York Region, is home to over 400 corporate head offices and more than 1,100 high tech and life science companies. Markham is a leader in attracting foreign direct investment with more than 210 foreign companies located in the City. Founded in the 1790s, today Markham is Canada’s most diverse community and enjoys a rich heritage, outstanding community planning and services, and a vibrant local economy. Markham has received the Excellence Canada Gold Award for Organizational Quality & Healthy Workplace, and multiple heritage and environmental awards.

About the Varley Art Gallery of Markham: The Varley Art Gallery of Markham is a municipal gallery with a vision is to be a cultural hub in the City of Markham. We inspire local and national audiences to engage with art, both historical and contemporary by presenting high quality and well-researched exhibitions and rich, educational and dynamic artistic programs that are relevant to the communities we serve. We also share and celebrate the life and work of F.H. Varley, a founding member of the Group of Seven. We also produce and circulate exhibitions that support the work of contemporary artists that are relevant to the communities we serve.

MARKHAM, ON – February 11, 2019— On Friday, February 8, the Varley Art Gallery of Markham launched two new Canadian exhibitions for its winter season - Chris Kline and Yam Lau: Weave and Moving through darkness into the clearing.

“The Varley Art Gallery of Markham is renowned for its important holdings of historical Canadian art, but is becoming equally well known for its cutting edge contemporary shows,” says Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti. “The exhibition Weave, is an excellent example of this. It brings together two seemingly different artists, Chris Kline and Chinese-Canadian Yam Lau, in an understated yet elegant installation that will engage all who view it.”

Chris Kline and Yam Lau: Weave is an exhibition presented by two Canadian artists that reflects precise involvement in the fields of force of materials. Though an unusual pairing, the artists' respective works have surprising similarities with Kline's hand-coloured paintings and Lau's cinematic movements through simulated space.

This exhibition, curated by Stephen Horne and Sunny Kerr, is organized and circulated by the Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Queen’s University, with the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council and the City of Kingston Arts Fund through the Kingston Arts Council. Chris Kline and Yam Lau: Weave will be on display at the Varley Art Gallery until April 21, 2019.

Moving through darkness into the clearing, curated by Anik Glaude, considers the ways in which artists return to the land in search of subject matter and how these repetitive actions are informed by their understanding of place and identity. Photographic works by Greg Staats, Kanien’kehá:ka (Mohawk) both compliment and challenge the Group of Seven's distinctly Canadian landscape style.

Staats combines language and mnemonics with imagery drawn from the Ontario landscape as part of an ongoing process of conceptualizing a Haudenosaunee restorative aesthetic that explores multiple relationships with trauma, renewal and place. This exhibition will be on display at the Varley Art Gallery until April 7, 2019.

“An important part of the Gallery’s mandate is not just to research and display the art of F.H. Varley,” says Varley Art Gallery Director Niamh O’Laoghaire, “but to keep it relevant to new audiences. A key way of doing that is to place works by Varley and his peers in conversation with contemporary objects. Curator Anik Glaude has done an excellent job of this by pairing Greg Staats with the Group of Seven in the exhibition Moving through darkness into the clearing.”

The Varley’s winter exhibitions opening reception marks the beginning of a spectacular season at Markham’s premiere art gallery, located in the heart of historic Main Street Unionville. Complementing Chris Kline and Yam Lau: Weave and Moving through the darkness into the clearing exhibitions, attendees had a chance to enjoy a “Curator’s Pick” talk and be among the first to experience these new exhibitions at the Varley Art Gallery.

Learn more about the Varley’s workshops and public events at VarleyArtGallery.ca


Photos:

Visitors examining tree specimens after an in-gallery “nature walk” with Toronto and Region Conservation Authority’s Liana D’Andrea, who discussed the trees represented in the exhibition Moving through darkness into the clearing. Photo credit: Louis Li


Visitors experiencing Yam Lau's installation in Chris Kline and Yam Lau: Weave. Photo credit: Louis Li


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Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti's Office: Lama Nicolas, Senior Communications Advisor at lnicolas@markham.ca or 416-671-2890.

For all other media inquiries / interview requests for the City of Markham:
Erynn Sally, Media Relations Coordinator at esally@markham.ca or 416-737-2684

About Markham: Markham, an award-winning municipality with over 355,000 residents and the largest of nine communities in York Region, is home to over 400 corporate head offices and more than 1,100 high tech and life science companies. Markham is a leader in attracting foreign direct investment with more than 210 foreign companies located in the City. Founded in the 1790s, today Markham is Canada’s most diverse community and enjoys a rich heritage, outstanding community planning and services, and a vibrant local economy. Markham has received the Excellence Canada Gold Award for Organizational Quality & Healthy Workplace, and multiple heritage and environmental awards.

About the Varley Art Gallery of Markham: The Varley Art Gallery of Markham is a municipal gallery with a vision is to be a cultural hub in the City of Markham. We inspire local and national audiences to engage with art, both historical and contemporary by presenting high quality and well-researched exhibitions and rich, educational and dynamic artistic programs that are relevant to the communities we serve. We also share and celebrate the life and work of F.H. Varley, a founding member of the Group of Seven. We also produce and circulate exhibitions that support the work of contemporary artists that are relevant to the communities we serve.