February 8, 2008 to May 11, 2008
Subconscious City examines the often hidden underpinnings of Winnipeg – its myths, its vacant lots, its forgotten communities, its hidden gems – and reveals a complicated picture of where we live and work. More than a tourist snapshot or glossy one-great-city image, this contemporary exhibition delves deeply into the nature of our urban social and physical landscape and its power to shape identity. An outstanding roster of 27 local artists, reflecting different media, different stages in their careers, and different points of view, will be featured in this artful expression of civic pride.
The exhibition explores interiors and exteriors of Winnipeg; our people; our neighbourhoods; our treatment of what we would prefer remains unseen; and our predilection for paving over what is deemed undesirable. Artists in Winnipeg have always been vocal about the complex and marvelous city that is Winnipeg, as well as what it could be. Through their activism and their art, they have asserted, inspired, and nuanced images of this place. This exhibition reflects this engaged relationship between artists and their home.
Curated by Shawna Dempsey and Lorri Millan. Subconscious City will include recent works by K.C. Adams, Keith Berens, Eleanor Bond, Sarah Crawley, Leah Decter, Richard Dyck, William Eakin, Walter Forsberg, Noam Gonick, Richard Holden, Simon Hughes, Krisjanis Kaktins-Gorsline, Bonnie Marin, David McMillan, jake moore, Kristin Nelson, Grace Nickel, Freya Olafson, Linda Pearce, Matthew Rankin, Robert Sim, Scott Stephens, Jennifer Stillwell, Diana Thorneycroft, Rachael Tycoles, Jordan Van Sewell, and David Wityk.
Sponsored by the Imperial Tobacco Canada Foundation and the Manitoba Arts Council, supported by the Canada Council for the Arts and The W.H. & S.E. Loewen Foundation Inc. Media sponsor: Winnipeg Free Press. A publication is available in the Gallery Shoppes.