JUNE 29 – JULY 8, 2021: Small World; Noah Harrison; Niki Black

The Anna Leonowens Gallery will feature student exhibitions throughout May – June 2021 in our historic street level windows. Not in Halifax? We will be sharing works from these exhibitions on social media.

Exhibitions: June 29 – July 8, 2021

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Small World, group exhibition
Kelly Harper Morehouse, organizer

Small World is an exploration of space, distance, and the nature of connection. Eleven artists, from various parts of the world, have each created an intimate piece exploring that which appears small, including ourselves in relation to certain spaces and our separateness. These works, also physically small in scale, are created using a variety of media including ceramics, jewellery, drawing, bookbinding, printmaking, photography, and sculpture. Each is unique, a small world on its own – yet together they form a constellation.

Featuring works by: Qias Asheri, Meg Bennet, Niki Black, Autumn Ducharme, Kelly Harper Morehouse, Samantha Petroff, Hannah Poirier, Lara Sturzenbaum, kimmerT, Xinyue Xu, Mingxue Yang

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Noah Harrison, undergraduate exhibitor

Harrison presents a series of carved Indiana limestone jars. Each are all carved to scale replications of various jam, mason, and pickle jars. The artist offers, “Limestone is generally composed of organisms dating back thousands of years. As such, they are the preserves of a time that long predates humanity. I want to shape these stones into objects that reflect production and care. Mason jars have become a major part of DIY and environmental food culture but widely connect to mass production. They have become objects that highlight settler histories all while highlighting our destructive habits of containing, sterilizing, and preserving.”

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Notes on Secrecy
Niki Black, undergraduate exhibitor

About her exhibition of book works, Black offers, “I’m interested in the aesthetics of secrets. What makes a thing feel guarded? Is it the materials, the location, the great and perhaps deadly effort of its protection? Is it like a cathedral – built, tended, and attended over centuries until the very act of entering feels sacred? How do we adorn our deepest and darkest? What rituals do we build around them? As I follow ancient patterns of binding together paper, leather, fibre, and ink; I explore the book as vessel, and the nature of a secret held in the hand.”

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