Neurocraft

 

C2 Centre for Craft: Shirley Richardson Craft Gallery

Gallery Hours: Wednesday to Saturday, 12 – 4 pm

Opening Reception: Friday, March 2, 5 – 9 pm

Free admission and wheelchair accessible.

Wednesday, March 28: Free Children’s Brain Book Workshop with Ann Stinner. Registration Required

 

 Artists

ash alberg, Dana Kletke, Heather Komus, Chantel Mierau, Lesley Nakonechny, Ann Stinner, Gaëtanne Sylvester, Peter Tittenberger, Michelle Wilson.

 

Neuroscientists

Dr. Melanie Martin, Dr. Tiina Kauppinen, Dr. Kristine Cowley, Dr. Jerry Krcek, Dr. Mike Jackson, Dr. Tabrez Siddiqui, Dr. Eftekhar Eftekharpour, Dr. Gilbert Kirouac, Dr. Marc Del Bigio.

 

What is Neurocraft?

Neurocraft surfaced from the subconscious of the Manitoba Neuroscience Network as part of its initiative to bring neuroscience to the public without the heavy garments of scientific jargon and reams of data. The scientists were looking for visual storytellers who could angle a mirror on neuroscience, what it is, their research, their zeal for the discipline, and then simply let other people look, allowing an intermingling of reflections. While neuroscience and craft appear wholly unconnected, their choice to yoke themselves to the intimate materials of daily life was insightful. Craft, after all, is rooted in the tactile and familiar; it pulls on desire and reveals narratives in sideways processes rather than through direct expository. It reinforces a larger culture but retains personal meaning. Much like neuroscience, it’s the ultimate personal and ubiquitous arena.

Most of the artists and scientists in this project have a personal connection to the research subject matter. Their interests rise out of their own stories. The artists in this show pull at the runaway threads of fear and anxiety, retrace the identities of those blurred by Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, reveal intimate meditations on the loss of a child and the mortality of a parent, revel in the wondrous patterns and imagery of the brain in the everyday, and ask us to navigate the darkness of a tangled mind and put our tremulous fingers on the precise points we cannot touch.

Artists and scientists both work to try to make sense of things, to find rhythms and patterns, and from these create narratives of experience, and draw conclusions. They are very different, but they come from the same place; the place of questions.

-Seema Goel

 

 

Neurocraft had its debut at the Winnipeg Health Sciences Centre in March of 2017 before travelling on to Visual Voice Gallerie in Montreal, Quebec in May of 2017. In March of 2018, Neurocraft returns to Winnipeg at C2 Centre for Craft, the new home of the Manitoba Craft Council. Neurocraft has attracted attention for its unlikely pairing and strong impact. Visit the links below for reviews of the exhibition:

 

UM Today – Neurocraft: Exhibit explores the art and science of the brain

CBC – Blood, brains, and mushrooms: Neurocraft exhibition opens in Winnipeg

Winnipeg Free Press – arts and entertainment review

 

For the Love of Craft

Exhibition Runs:

January 27 – February 24, 2018

A celebration of craft and the community that is passionate about it!

Featuring Janine Bergamot, Francesca Carella Arfinengo, Janet Carroll, Connie Chappel, June Derksen, Jeanette Dzama, Maurice Dzama, Tracy Fehr, Natalie Ferguson, Pat Findlay, Debra Frances Plett, Seema Goel, Kami Goertz, Denise Gray, Erika Hanneson, Jessica Hodgson, Lois Hogg, Michelle Hunter, Jennifer Johnson, Jo’Anne Kelly, Tamara Klassen, Kathryne Koop, Alan Lacovetsky, Huguette LaCroix Gauthier, Sharon Loeppky, Karen Luchak, Valerie Metcalfe, Faye Mount, Ursula Neufeld, Jayne Nixon, Alison Norberg, Judith Panson, Rosemarie Péloquin, LeeAnne Penner, Denise Préfontaine, Le Petite Point, Evelin Richter, Elizabeth Sellors, Karen Taylor Fine Art Porcelain, Ione Thorkelsson, Cheryl Tordon, Cathie Ugrin, Brigitta Urben, Sandra Vincent and Karen Wardle.

 

Volunteer:

We couldn’t offer this exhibition without the support of our membership and volunteers. From help preparing pedestals to the opening reception, there are many ways volunteers can support this event. For a full list of volunteer options and to find out how you can contribute, please visit: http://signup.com/go/eTAtfMJ

Canada 150: Craft in Red and White

Helene Vosters, Flag of Tears: Stains for the Lament of a Nation

 

Exhibition Runs: November 25 – January 13, 2018

Exhibit Opening: Friday, December 1, 7 pm – 9 pm

Canada 150: Craft in Red and White showcases a variety of work that differs in artist, medium, function, culture and era, but maintains a commonality of colour. This exhibit is meant to at once reflect the colours of our nation’s flag, as well as highlight the traditional use of red and white in craft cross-culturally throughout history.

The exhibit features artifacts from the Manitoba Craft Museum and Library’s collection as well as work from contemporary artists, Craft in Red and White.  

Some pieces invite reflection and examination of our nation’s history. Others simply use the dramatic and pleasing combination of red and white.

Participating artists include:  
Janine Bergamot
Kathleen Black
Dianne Fitzmaurice
Andrea Gorda
Nancy Gouliquer
T. Gregoryanz
Amanda Harding
Paul Leathers
Ingrid Lincoln
Rosemarie Peloquin
Susan Styrchak
Helen Vosters
Lori Zebiere

Best Juried Exhibition

October 28  – November 18, 2017

Featuring work by PJ Anderson, Tibor Bodi, Teresa Burrows, Katrina Craig, Brook Drabot, Anne Fallis, Carolyn Mount, Grace Nickel, Keith Oliver, Rosemarie Peloquin, Debbie Plett, Kelli Rey, Wendy Seversen, Karen Taylor, & Peter Tittenberger.

With Jurors Janet Morton, David Krindle and Sonja Rosenberg

2017 Judith Ryan Memorial Award
The 2017 Judith Ryan Memorial Award was presented to Grace Nickel at the opening reception of best, for her Jingdezhen porcelain piece, Host. Congratulations Grace!
Thank you to John Ryan for keeping the memory of his wife Judith alive by continuing to recognize and support contemporary craft practice in Manitoba through the Judith Ryan Memorial Award.
best

“The Manitoba Craft Council (MCC) and the Manitoba Crafts Museum and Library (MCML) are pleased to present best, a juried exhibition of contemporary and traditional craft.

For the past decade, the MCC has been producing all of its exhibitions in partnership with venues across the province and beyond.  The best exhibition, however, was planned to coincide with the opening of the new C2 Centre for Craft, the MCC and MCML’s new joint space; it would be the exhibition that launched a new life stage for both organizations.  Rather than hem ourselves in with a very specific theme, we simply wanted to select original, high quality work that would speak to the range of our members’ studio practices.

best, as an exhibition title, is both ironic and sincere.  It brings to mind the prize-winning pig at an agricultural fair or the hyperbolic claims of mattress wholesalers.

Many thanks to the best jurors: David Krindle (MB) ceramic artist; Janet Morton (ON) textile, installation artist; and Sonja Rosenberg (MB) goldsmith, fine art jeweler

best was made possible through the generous support of: the Manitoba Arts Council, the Province of Manitoba (Arts Branch), and trustees of the Judith Ryan Memorial Award.  Thanks to URBANINK for their work on the catalogue, and to the MCC and MCML staff, boards and volunteers for their behind the scenes labours.

As you visit this exhibition, may these small works channel the spirit of creativity, playfulness and humour in you.”

  • Tammy Sutherland, Director, Manitoba Craft Council