Prairie Scene

The largest gathering of Manitoba and Saskatchewan artists ever presented outside the Prairies!

April 26 to May 8, 2011

Work by Prairie Artists from the Canada Council Art Bank

A Prairie Snapshot

April 26 - May 8, 2011

National Arts Centre - Foyer

53 Elgin Street, Ottawa

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What do a pickle jar, a paper route, a hockey team, a seamstress and a family kitchen have in common? The idealized Canadian experience? The emphasis on home and family? Perhaps, but look further!

The apparent representation of the ideal in the pieces selected for A PRAIRIE SNAPSHOT is compromised by a psychological edge that hints at other realities. For example, the relationship between the woman and child in Richard Hines’s Sliced Apple (2005) suggests a disconnect; and the crucified hockey player watched over by Bambi in Diana Thorneycroft’s Martyrdom at the Rink (2005) is a disturbing picture of a favourite winter pastime. 

Artists featured in this installation: Kristin Bjornerud, Victor Cicansky, Wally Dion, Marcel Dzama, Joe Fafard, Neil Farber, Richard Hines, Julie Oh, Joseph Reyes, Cindy Stelmackowich, Diana Thorneycroft.