Mennonite Heritage Centre Gallery

Mennonite Heritage Centre Gallery

10 March 2017 - 29 April 2017, 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

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Elm Creek Community Hall

workday: Timothy Joel Dyck
a piece of work: Seth Woodyard
Ulmeus Communitas/Elm Community: Frank Livingston
March 10 – April 29, 2017
MHC Gallery
OPENING: Friday, March 10, 7:30pm
Timothy Joel Dyck is a photographer who is interested in the interplay between people and nature. He works primarily in film, which does not allow for manipulation in the way the digital process does. Using a mix of control and coincidence in which humankind and nature overlap, Timothy records the ways our actions have an impact on our spaces. Of this exhibit, Timothy says, “workday is an exploration of the banal components of work. There are many avenues to be explored in how something is made and this exhibition focuses on the banal, the mundane, the overlooked.”
Seth Woodyard also pays attention to the interplay of everyday materials to create his works. He says of his drawings and installations, “Regardless of the material I use, I am always interested in how, through a transformative creative process, a normal everyday object, material, or experience is rendered special and valuable − even sacred. I like to think that I make icons to a playful transcendence, something that is tangible and incorporeal, sacred and profane, real and imaginary. I’m drawn to the mystery in the world and want to highlight that mystery.”
a piece of work is a series of pencil drawings of piles of wood blocks and assemblage. The blocks are cut off scrap material from other projects. What was once expendable is now precious and extraordinary. “As I assembled these objects, made drawings, reassembled them, and made more drawings, what stood out to me was the repetition of shapes and patterns common to the wood grain, to the plant specimens, and even to the human body. Knots in wood start to look like orifices or blemishes in skin. A branching stem resembles the framework of a building. These shared patterns and forms contain a mysterious beauty; perhaps it’s even sacred.”
Frank Livingston’s artworks are a response to the loss of trees in his neighbourhood. He says, “Ulmeus Communitas/Elm Community began as a series of street art interventions — wheat pastes of trees — in Winnipeg’s Wolseley neighborhood. Motivated by a desire to commemorate the loss of historic elm trees I sought to reflect on this organic demise with representational trees. The sites I chose for the placement of these trees were the abject and benighted surfaces that populate our neighborhoods such as dumpsters, signal boxes and transformer boxes. I did not want to lose a sense of urgency by creating smooth and exacting decoupage. As a result I worked quickly, duplicating as best I could the method and process of the street art. These trees are not realist representations but rather references to trees as iconic forms.”
Ray Dirks
MHC Gallery
600 Shaftesbury Blvd.
Winnipeg, MB R3P 0M4
204 888 6781, ext 196
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