Silence invites you to the opening reception for mixed media artist Dennis Gaumond and video artists Nora Ruddock and Nathan Saliwonchyk. Please join us for an evening of art, music, and stimulating conversation. Wine, beer, coffee and kombucha will be served. This event is free and accessible to the public.
The events scheduled for the evening are:
7-7:30pm: Meet the artists
7:30-8pm: Artist’s talk by Dennis Gaumond
8:15-8:45pm: Screening of Tinderbox (2017) and Q&A with artists Nora Ruddock & Nathan Saliwonchyk
9:15pm: Free sit-down concert with Dennis Gaumond and guests
The Exhibition runs September 22-October 20 with additional presentations by the artists on September 29, in conjunction with Canada Culture Days. Building hours are Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, 1-4pm, or by appointment.
Gaumond, a professional musician for forty years, is also an author, a songwriter and a visual artist. He has been painting for about thirty years and in the nineties, studied art at Zavitz College, University of Guelph. In 1998, he participated in a juried art competition sponsored by Wellington County with about one thousand other submissions, and placed in the top twenty. His painting, “Cheap Room in Cuba”, was part of a three-month exhibition at the Wellington County Museum. Paintings in this phase were done using a thick paint applied with painting knives. In the past several years Gaumond has begun a new line of paintings using painted tissue. The style is mostly non-representational abstracts, emphasizing color relationships. This new style is the result of a search for a process that allows the artist to relinquish a certain amount of creative control to chance. For Gaumond, the artistic process is even more important than the product.
“Tinderbox” (2017), Nora Ruddock & Nathan Saliwonchyk
Tinderbox generates a random sequence of 30-second videos; simultaneously, a random audio sequence of poems is heard; every 30 seconds, a new set of images and sounds follows the old. By mimicking the random connections created by dating apps, Tinderbox experiments with the ephemeral “sparkage” of image and word. What does the juxtaposition of one video do to a poem, and vice versa? What new “piece” is fired in the viewing consciousness? Our hope is that the meditative connections made will be rich and strange, celebrating the possibility, as Whitman says, for us to “preserve [our] nakedness / from the gibe of image-making love.”
On September 29, the artists will be presenting talks in conjunction with Canada Culture Days. Here are September 29 activities:
4:30-5:30 pm: Screening of Tinderbox (2017) , talk and Q&A with Nora Ruddock & Nathan Saliwonchyk
6:30-7:30 pm: Artist’s talk and Q&A with Dennis Gaumond
7:30-8:30 pm: Reception: meet the artists
9-11 pm: Musical performance by Jennis, feat. Dennis Gaumond
The artist’s talks are free of charge. $15 cover at the door for the Jennis performance.