Akin Lansdowne artist Monique Resnick will be showing works in two upcoming exhibitions in September and October: The Carmichael Canadian Landscape Exhibition: Tradition Transformed at the Orillia Museum of Art & History, and A Living Mosaic at the Riverdale Gallery. More information on both shows below:
Carmichael Canadian Landscape Exhibition: Tradition Transformed
The Orillia Museum of Art & History - 30 Peter St South, Orillia, On
Exhibition dates: September 23 – November 26, 2017
Reception: September 29 | 7—9pm
The Carmichael Canadian Landscape Exhibition: Tradition Transformed was created in recognition of Group of Seven member, Franklin Carmichael, who was born in Orillia. Now in its 16th year, this juried show calls on artists from across the country to submit work that embraces, challenges, comments, critiques, echoes, re-works or strengthens images, perceptions and interpretations of Canadian landscape through the artist's chosen medium.
Monique will be showing a painting entitled 'Disparities'.
Monique’s approach to art involves viewing the subject matter from a literal 30,000 feet. Specifically she uses Google Map imagery to assess and depict the relationship between the land and those who occupy it. By taking this approach the viewer is able to evaluate the discrepancies fuelled by conspicuous consumption. From population density to the degree of resources required to manicure lawns, Monique forces the viewer to acknowledge that which they may not have otherwise been exposed to. This painting depicts the expansive grounds of an estate home, standing in contrast to smaller or ‘modest’ homes. The source comes from subdivisions and estate homes in her hometown of York Region.
A Living Mosaic: The Cartography of Origins and Settlement
Riverdale Gallery - 1326 Gerrard St E, third floor, Toronto, On
Exhibition dates: September 30 and October 1
A Living Mosaic is a two day celebratory event and month long exhibition that offers a fresh take on Canadian identity. The exhibition aims to pay tribute to the varying stories of origin that lend vibrancy into our collective society, specifically highlighting Indigenous and immigrant histories in Canada. Featuring the work of thirteen local artists, Living Mosaic represents a broad spectrum of experience and historical perspectives that together acknowledge the past, celebrate the present, and look toward building a bright future.
Monique will be showing a piece entitles 'The Synagogue Project'.
The Synagogue Project sets out to capture all the synagogues in the city of Toronto and York Region. Monique's interest lies in the way religious and cultural groups morph and mobilize to suit the needs of their communities. Her own Synagogue Beth Tikvah had a day school in it, where she once attended Hebrew School. Due to the decline of the Jewish population in the Willowdale area the school had to close its doors but the sanctuary has remained open.
Many of the structures documented in this piece are situated along Bathurst Street- knows for its historical and contemporary ties to the Jewish community. The architectural details captured tend to denote the different groups within the Jewish religion; Sephardic shuls have Mediterranean influence whereas the Askhenazi structures borrow from North American architecture. The piece is not set in time but forever evolving. Synagogues are demolished, transformed, erected and converted thus this piece is really only a starting point. One of the synagogues captured here (Shaar Shalom) has shuttered within the past year due to population change, it will become the site of a Catholic school.