Oakville Galleries has announced its winter 2023 show schedule, which includes solo exhibitions by British artist Helen Cammock and the US-based collaborative group Wolf Tones.
Throughout the exhibitions, both gallery locations will host a variety of public programming, including a performance by cellist Charles Curtis in conjunction with Wolf Tones: A Many-Sided House.
On Saturday, January 28, Centennial Square and Gairloch Gardens will host an opening reception (2:30–5pm). Everyone is welcome. For the most up-to-date information on associated public programming, please visit oakvillegalleries.com.
Helen Cammock: They Call It Idlewild
Oakville Galleries at Centennial Square
January 28–May 13, 2023
Helen Cammock is a British artist with a multimodal practice that includes video, music, print, performance, and text. They Call It Idlewild, a film and text installation made by the artist during a residency at Wysing Arts Centre in the UK, will be shown in Oakville Galleries for her first exhibition in Canada. The exhibition examines the concept of idleness, both its potential as a deeply fertile space of creativity and sustenance and the political misappropriations, systemic power play, and racial stereotypes that continue to surround it. The works, which were mostly created before the pandemic, take on new meaning in today’s society, despite the unrelenting strains of hyperproductivity, the battle to sustain livelihoods, and the survival of colonial and class-based power structures that allow some to thrive off the labor of others.
Wolf Tones: A Many-Sided House
Oakville Galleries in Gairloch Gardens
January 28–May 13, 2023
A Many-Sided House is the first exhibition in Canada of work by Wolf Tones (currently Nancy Shaver, Maximilian Goldfarb, Sterrett Smith, Pradeep Dalal, and David Levi Strauss), a collaborative group of US-based artists, convened in 2019 by Nancy Shaver, that has been creating densely constructed installations over the past four years. These artists gather, borrow, and exchange their works in the four adjacent rooms of Oakville Galleries in Gairloch Gardens, a historic mansion on the shores of Lake Ontario. Wolf Tones addresses the handmade, the nameless, connection and exchange, difference and recurrence, material histories, the lake, flotsam, and the mobility and circulation of images, objects, and materials in response to the site’s specific context.
Cellist Charles Curtis will perform in The Studio at Gairloch Gardens on March 15, 2023, in connection with A Many-Sided House. Curtis will perform a sequence of compositions that use the cello as a location of ambiguity, a physical and acoustical object to be probed in performance with no idea what will come of it. While the compositions are clearly positioned as performative undertakings, they are fundamentally imperfect and permeable to the material and spatial constraints at hand.
About Oakville Galleries
Oakville Galleries is a contemporary art museum in Oakville, Ontario, about 30 kilometers west of Toronto. Oakville Galleries is one of Canada’s leading art museums, housed in two locations—one alongside a public library in downtown Oakville and another in a lakeside mansion and park—with a primary commitment to presenting the work of emerging and mid-career artists from across Canada and around the world.
Oakville Galleries is situated on Treaty Lands and Land of the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation, as well as ancient Huron-Wendat and Haudenosaunee territory. Oakville Galleries, as an institution, understands the value of building and sustaining meaningful and respectful ties with the land’s original occupants and keepers, and we are grateful for the chance to operate on this territory.