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Varley Art Gallery of Markham launches Spring 2020 exhibitions

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

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Featured in "What to see in 2020" by Canadian Art

left to right: [1] Xuan Ye, The Spectacles Before Us Were Indeed Sublime: Coda, 2018. Cropped video still, two channel 4K video (b/w, stereo sound) and installation. Courtesy of the artist. [2] Jessica Karuhanga, Body & Soul (detail), 2020, Video still. Courtesy of the artist. [3] Annie Wong, 2020. Courtesy of the artist.

MARKHAM, ONFebruary 12, 2020 — Join the City of Markham and the Varley Art Gallery of Markham to celebrate the launch of three new exhibitions featuring a panel discussion, pop-up tours, activities and refreshments on Saturday, February 15.

Meet artists Annie Wong, Xuan Ye, Jessica Karuhanga, Alex R. M. Thompson and curators Belinda Kwan, Tak Pham and Anik Glaude. Be the first to view filling the Klein bottle (x) {, the first part of a multisite exhibition series exploring speculative fiction and its insights into land, sea, and migration; Emotional Landscapes, a political view of nature and landscape; and To make an auspicious home, a look at cross-generational nostalgia in Chinese-Canadian homes.

“The team at the Varley Art Gallery of Markham has done it again with another set of exciting exhibitions,” says Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti. “This series speaks to who we are as a diverse, inclusive and connected community, remembering the past as we create the present together. Annie Wong’s To make an auspicious home is an interactive work that invites second-generation Canadians and their parents to reflect and engage over a shared heritage that is subtly changing because of the place they call home.”

“Spring 2020 marks the centenary of the first ever Group of Seven exhibition in Toronto, making new perspectives on their practice long overdue,” says the Varley Art Gallery of Markham's Director, Niamh O’Laoghaire. “The exhibition Emotional Landscapes is therefore perfectly timed. It juxtaposes long-familiar Group of Seven imagery with works by contemporary artists Jessica Karuhanga and Alex R. M. Thompson in order to underscore the fact that the genre of landscape is never neutral. It always bears the marks of the social and political belief systems within which it was made.”

filling the Klein bottle (x) { by Xuan Ye and Wenxin Zhang runs from February 15 – April 26, 2020. Curated by Belinda Kwan. Presented in partnership with InterAccess, Bunker 2 CAC, and Trinity Square Video. Featured in Canadian Art’s “What to See in 2020”.

Using mathematic ideas of space and time, artists Xuan Ye and Wenxin Zhang explore alternative ways of understanding tourism and its relationship to land, sea, and diaspora.

Emotional Landscapes by Jessica Karuhanga and Alex R. M. Thompson, with F. Carmichael, A. J. Casson, A. Y. Jackson, J. E. H. MacDonald and F. H. Varley runs from February 15 – April 26, 2020. Curated by Tak Pham.

The Group of Seven captured the raw, emotional nature of Canadian landscapes, empty but with marks indicative of human activity. This response proposes a political view of nature and landscape that acknowledges the humans that live and work in it.

Partners in Art are the lead sponsor of this exhibition. This sponsorship was made possible by support from the Varley-McKay Art Foundation of Markham.

To make an auspicious home by Annie Wong runs from February 15 – April 26, 2020.Curated by Anik Glaude.

As the Varley Art Gallery’s 2020 Community-Artist-in-Residence, Annie Wong presents the first of several projects in Markham. This pop-up exhibition explores a nuanced cross-generational nostalgia embodied by the frequent appearance of folk art in Chinese-Canadian homes. The exhibition will comprise of objects borrowed from the living rooms of local Chinese residents in Markham and beyond.

For more information, please visit varleygallery.ca. New exhibitions, programs and events are offered throughout the year. The exhibit 197 Main Street is on view to June 19, 2020.

Free admission to the Varley Art Gallery of Markham is proudly sponsored by IBM.

What
Varley Art Gallery of Markham – Spring 2020 Exhibitions Opening Night
Free admission

When
Saturday, February 15, 2020
• Panel Discussion: 6 to 7 PM
• Opening Reception: 7 to 9 PM

Where
Varley Art Gallery of Markham
216 Main Street Unionville

Who
Mayor Frank Scarpitti
Members of Council
Jack MacQuarrie and Joan Andrews MacQuarrie, Varley Patrons
Varley McKay Foundation Board Members
Annie Wong, Xuan Ye, Jessica Karuhanga, Alex R. M. Thompson
Belinda Kwan, Tak Pham, Exhibition Curators
Anik Glaude, Curator, Varley Art Gallery of Markham

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Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti's Office:
Lama Nicolas, Senior Communications Advisor at lnicolas@markham.ca or 416.671.2890.

All other media inquiries / interview requests for the City of Markham:
Jennifer Yap, Coordinator, Communications and Media Relations at jyap@markham.ca or 437.229.2450.

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 1,500 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 vital cultural hub for artists and diverse communities. A municipal gallery, we create critical conversations about Canadian art and society. We inspire local and national audiences to engage with art through outstanding exhibitions and rich public and educational programs relevant to the communities we serve. We support artists from York region and seek to broaden access to the arts for diverse artists and cultural groups. We also share and celebrate the life and work of F.H. Varley, a founding member of the Group of Seven. The Varley Art Gallery is situated on the traditional territories of Indigenous Peoples including the Haudenosaunee andAnishinaabe. We are committed to reconciliation, partnership and enhanced understanding.


Featured in "What to see in 2020" by Canadian Art

left to right: [1] Xuan Ye, The Spectacles Before Us Were Indeed Sublime: Coda, 2018. Cropped video still, two channel 4K video (b/w, stereo sound) and installation. Courtesy of the artist. [2] Jessica Karuhanga, Body & Soul (detail), 2020, Video still. Courtesy of the artist. [3] Annie Wong, 2020. Courtesy of the artist.

MARKHAM, ONFebruary 12, 2020 — Join the City of Markham and the Varley Art Gallery of Markham to celebrate the launch of three new exhibitions featuring a panel discussion, pop-up tours, activities and refreshments on Saturday, February 15.

Meet artists Annie Wong, Xuan Ye, Jessica Karuhanga, Alex R. M. Thompson and curators Belinda Kwan, Tak Pham and Anik Glaude. Be the first to view filling the Klein bottle (x) {, the first part of a multisite exhibition series exploring speculative fiction and its insights into land, sea, and migration; Emotional Landscapes, a political view of nature and landscape; and To make an auspicious home, a look at cross-generational nostalgia in Chinese-Canadian homes.

“The team at the Varley Art Gallery of Markham has done it again with another set of exciting exhibitions,” says Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti. “This series speaks to who we are as a diverse, inclusive and connected community, remembering the past as we create the present together. Annie Wong’s To make an auspicious home is an interactive work that invites second-generation Canadians and their parents to reflect and engage over a shared heritage that is subtly changing because of the place they call home.”

“Spring 2020 marks the centenary of the first ever Group of Seven exhibition in Toronto, making new perspectives on their practice long overdue,” says the Varley Art Gallery of Markham's Director, Niamh O’Laoghaire. “The exhibition Emotional Landscapes is therefore perfectly timed. It juxtaposes long-familiar Group of Seven imagery with works by contemporary artists Jessica Karuhanga and Alex R. M. Thompson in order to underscore the fact that the genre of landscape is never neutral. It always bears the marks of the social and political belief systems within which it was made.”

filling the Klein bottle (x) { by Xuan Ye and Wenxin Zhang runs from February 15 – April 26, 2020. Curated by Belinda Kwan. Presented in partnership with InterAccess, Bunker 2 CAC, and Trinity Square Video. Featured in Canadian Art’s “What to See in 2020”.

Using mathematic ideas of space and time, artists Xuan Ye and Wenxin Zhang explore alternative ways of understanding tourism and its relationship to land, sea, and diaspora.

Emotional Landscapes by Jessica Karuhanga and Alex R. M. Thompson, with F. Carmichael, A. J. Casson, A. Y. Jackson, J. E. H. MacDonald and F. H. Varley runs from February 15 – April 26, 2020. Curated by Tak Pham.

The Group of Seven captured the raw, emotional nature of Canadian landscapes, empty but with marks indicative of human activity. This response proposes a political view of nature and landscape that acknowledges the humans that live and work in it.

Partners in Art are the lead sponsor of this exhibition. This sponsorship was made possible by support from the Varley-McKay Art Foundation of Markham.

To make an auspicious home by Annie Wong runs from February 15 – April 26, 2020.Curated by Anik Glaude.

As the Varley Art Gallery’s 2020 Community-Artist-in-Residence, Annie Wong presents the first of several projects in Markham. This pop-up exhibition explores a nuanced cross-generational nostalgia embodied by the frequent appearance of folk art in Chinese-Canadian homes. The exhibition will comprise of objects borrowed from the living rooms of local Chinese residents in Markham and beyond.

For more information, please visit varleygallery.ca. New exhibitions, programs and events are offered throughout the year. The exhibit 197 Main Street is on view to June 19, 2020.

Free admission to the Varley Art Gallery of Markham is proudly sponsored by IBM.

What
Varley Art Gallery of Markham – Spring 2020 Exhibitions Opening Night
Free admission

When
Saturday, February 15, 2020
• Panel Discussion: 6 to 7 PM
• Opening Reception: 7 to 9 PM

Where
Varley Art Gallery of Markham
216 Main Street Unionville

Who
Mayor Frank Scarpitti
Members of Council
Jack MacQuarrie and Joan Andrews MacQuarrie, Varley Patrons
Varley McKay Foundation Board Members
Annie Wong, Xuan Ye, Jessica Karuhanga, Alex R. M. Thompson
Belinda Kwan, Tak Pham, Exhibition Curators
Anik Glaude, Curator, Varley Art Gallery of Markham

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Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti's Office:
Lama Nicolas, Senior Communications Advisor at lnicolas@markham.ca or 416.671.2890.

All other media inquiries / interview requests for the City of Markham:
Jennifer Yap, Coordinator, Communications and Media Relations at jyap@markham.ca or 437.229.2450.

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 1,500 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 vital cultural hub for artists and diverse communities. A municipal gallery, we create critical conversations about Canadian art and society. We inspire local and national audiences to engage with art through outstanding exhibitions and rich public and educational programs relevant to the communities we serve. We support artists from York region and seek to broaden access to the arts for diverse artists and cultural groups. We also share and celebrate the life and work of F.H. Varley, a founding member of the Group of Seven. The Varley Art Gallery is situated on the traditional territories of Indigenous Peoples including the Haudenosaunee andAnishinaabe. We are committed to reconciliation, partnership and enhanced understanding.