Craig Leonard is an artist and musician living in Nova Scotia. He has taught intermedia at NSCAD since 2006.
Leonard's summer 2016 exhibition at the Anna Leonowens Gallery (Halifax) presented a re-enactment of the 1970 "Halifax Conference", organized by Seth Siegelaub, based on archival video footage. Among his solo exhibitions, he has shown at Mercer Union in Toronto, WWTWO in Montreal and Acme project space in London, UK. In 2012, he was resident artist at Acme studios, London as part of the Canada Council's International Residency Program. Leonard was also included in the Oh, Canada! retrospective at MassMoCA (2012) and the Esker Foundation (2015).
Pitch Sets. High calcium limestone and petroleum pitch.
The constructive role of an ordering of a specific collection of elements.
Attitude. Twill and Bamboo. Modifiable sculpture.
To possess and use material things but not to be possessed or used by them.
Synthesis. Blended fibres and polyethylene film with screen-printed text.
Mindfulness as an internal form of integration developing the 'soft skills' for career success.
Vapour. (Section I) From atomization to the opening of space for collectivity and solidarity.
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Jessica Bell - Fits and Starts
Fits and Starts
April 7 - May 31st.
"Because my heart is a muscle that rarely gets sore.”1
Central Art Garage is pleased to present Fits and Starts, Jessica Bell's second solo exhibition with the gallery.
Bell wades through expansive perspectives and approaches to formal abstraction as well as her personal history to domestic craft, engaging questions of privilege, permanence and visibility.
Joining mindful moments between her objects and the spaces they inhabit, Fits and Starts revels in repetition and care as Bell's means toward outward resolve and subsequent affection.
1Jan Verwoert, "A Prayer to Protest" in Tell Me What You Want, What You Really, Really Want , ed. Vanessa Ohlraun (Berlin: Piet Zwart Institute and Sternberg Press, 2010), 252.
Peacemaker, 2017 (detail) Laundered and quilted painting on muslin 60 x 36 inches (152 x 91 cm)
OO7 - It's Complicated
Vernissage - Saturday June 17
Show runs June 15-July 31st
OO7 (Ottawa Ontario 7) featuring Ariel Smith, Barry Ace, Frank Shebageget, Leo Yerxa, Michael Belmore, Ron Noganosh and Rosalie Favell with OO7 Special AgentsBarry Pottle, Joi T. Arcand, Meryl McMaster,
Special Guest Outdoor Film Screening by Howard Adler
It’s Complicated is a response to Canada’s sesquicentennial celebrations in 2017 by the OO7 (Ottawa Ontario 7) Collective and invited Special Agent artists. As Indigenous peoples of this land, from coast to coast to coast, 150 years represents a very minuscule passage of time, especially in terms of the longstanding presence and occupation of homeland territories. Yet this seemingly fleeting moment in time is monumental in its impact on Indigenous communities, culture, language, identity, rights, water and land. This exhibition by 10 Indigenous artists working in diverse artistic practices offer an alternative perspective to the widely propagated Canada 150 celebrations by revealing timely and poignant aspects of this convoluted historical and contemporary relationship between Canada and Indigenous peoples. If there is any room for celebration in 2017 from an Indigenous perspective, it is a celebration of survivance, tenacity and perseverance. It’s a complicated celebration.