In Conversation: History of Objects
Thursday, May 6 | 7 pm – 8 pm
Art is a conversation – want to talk? In partnership with Artcite Inc., our “In Conversation” series will dive into the works of artists featured in the 2021 Windsor-Essex Triennial of Contemporary Art, and the crucial conversations that these works spark for all of us.
On Thursday May 6th at 7pm, register and join us for our third conversation – History of Objects – with curators Ray Cronin and Lucas Cabral, and artists Cora Cluett, Sasha Opeiko, and Lucy Howe. These artists shed new light on the countless objects that fill our spaces. As so many of us spend more and more time in our homes, the sheer amount of stuff around us takes on more and more of an insistent reality. In collaboration with their materials, these artists work with items that have stories to tell and voices of their own, proving that there is more to many objects than initially meets the eye. Through careful consideration, these artists will retell the histories of objects while tying them to the realities of our present.
Ray Cronin is a Nova Scotia-based writer, curator, and editor. He is the author of nine books, including John Greer: Hard Thought (2019, Gaspereau Press) and Maud Lewis: Life & Work (2021, Arts Canada Institute).
Lucas Cabral is an artist, curator, and arts administrator with a background in marketing, communications, community engagement, and strategic planning. Lucas completed his BFA at Western University and has since held positions in public art galleries and service organizations including at Harbourfront Centre, McIntosh Gallery, The Robert McLaughlin Gallery, AIDS Committee of Durham Region, and Artcite Inc.
Cora Cluett was born in Nova Scotia and educated at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (BFA) as well as the University of Guelph (MFA) – for which she was awarded the Governor General’s Academic Gold Medal for her thesis work. Her paintings and photographs have been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions that have taken place in international, national and regional venues; such as, The Art Gallery of Ontario, The Painting Center (New York), The Albright Knox (Buffalo) and The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia. She has received numerous artist grants and awards and her work is represented in public, corporate and private collections; such as, The Donovan Collection, The Canada Council Art Bank, London Life Insurance, BMO - Bank of Montreal, The Business Development Bank of Canada, The Art Gallery of Guelph and The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia. Aspects of her painting practice have been included in a substantial publication by Roald Naasgard, Abstract Painting in Canada, 2007 as well as Carte Blanche 2: Painting, the Magenta Foundation, 2008. In 2014, she was elected to the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts.
Lucy Howe is an artist and arts educator based in Windsor ON. She has exhibited across the country at galleries such as Art Mur (Montreal), NSCAD Port Logia Gallery (Halifax) and The Koffler Centre for the Arts (Toronto). Howe works as the Make Lab Technician in the School of Creative Arts at the University of Windsor, holds a BFA from NSCAD University, and an MFA from York University.
Sasha Opeiko (b. 1986 in Minsk, Belarus) is based in London, ON. Her practice varies between painting, drawing, media, installation and collaborative projects. Sasha received a BFA from the University of Windsor (2009) and an MFA from the University of Victoria (2012). She is currently enrolled in the Phd in Art and Visual Culture program at Western University, developing a research-creation methodology that intersects themes of melancholy, speculative realism, and the memory and life of images and domestic objects. Her work has been exhibited widely at galleries such as Artcite Inc. (Windsor), Thames Art Gallery (Chatham), Deluge Contemporary Art (Victoria), Manifest Gallery (Cincinnati, OH), and Art Gallery of Peterborough (Peterborough). She has received several grants, such as the Canada Council for the Arts Project Grant to Visual Artists (2015), the Ontario Arts Council Visual Artists: Emerging Grant (2016), the City of Windsor’s Arts Culture and Heritage Fund (2017, 2020), and OAC’s Visual Artists Creation Projects Grant (2019). Sasha participated in the AIR Studio Paducah Residency (Paducah KY, 2016) and the BAiR Late Winter program at the Banff Centre (Banff AB, 2016 and 2020). Her recent projects have focused on visual and material residues of culture specific to post-Soviet memory.