The Drag Explosion
guest curator, Gary Varro
August 11 - September 28, 2022
Image: Linda Simpson
Experience the landmark and paradigm-shifting New York City drag scene of the 1980s and 1990s through the lens of Linda Simpson, an integral member of this scene, in the exhibition The Drag Explosion. Guest curator Gary Varro brings forty diaristic snapshots by Simpson to the Art Gallery of Regina in the first-ever gallery exhibition of these photographic prints. Simpson’s photographs are not nostalgic images of outsiders, but frank accounts of love, resistance, pride and pain in which gallery visitors may recognize themselves and their own experiences.
Related events: August 25, 7:30 PM, Live Performance of The Drag Explosion with Linda Simpson at MacKenzie Art Gallery. (Email email@example.com for information.)
We Are All Electric Beings
Rachel Broussard, Alyssa Ellis, Heather Shillinglaw and Laurel Terlesky
curator, Sandee Moore
October 13, 2022 - January 8, 2023
Images (left to right): Rachel Broussard, FEAR, 2022; Laurel Terlesky, Tenacity of Hope, 2019; Heather Shillinglaw, Miyotamon (Prairies) [detail], 2022; Alyssa Ellis, Plant Vacation, 2019.
Drawing on traditional knowledge, explanations of Western science and empathetic relationships with plants, the artists in this group exhibition elucidate the complex interconnectedness of humans and plants.
The title of this exhibition comes from an insight passed from an Elder to artist Heather Shillinglaw, as she researched and created her large-scale embroideries of medicine plants foraged by her ancestors.
The electricity that animates living cells, mammal or vegetal, is made explicit in Laurel Terlesky's botanical drawings that illuminate when touched — a body is required to complete the circuit.
Similarly, Rachel Broussard's expansive webs of chimerical creatures combine animal and plant images pulled from scientific textbooks. Her lacy collages speculatively reorganize the phylogenetic tree.
In her interactive performances Plant Adoption and Plant Spa, artist and horticulturist Alyssa Ellis makes explicit the responsibility we have to nurture houseplants.
We Are All Electric Beings values evolutionary, symbiotic, nourishing and familial connections between humans and plants.
curator, Sandee Moore
January 18 – March 5, 2023
Between Us is a long-term creative relationship – part mentorship and part collaboration. Under the guidance of senior artist Aganetha Dyck, who has been creating artwork with honeybee collaborators for over two decades, twelve artists and collectives across Saskatchewan are learning her techniques for interspecies and interdisciplinary collaboration. Between Us refers to the distances and differences between us and the wondrous experiences that bind us together. "Us," in this instance, includes human and non-human collaborators.
Artists matched with local beekeepers place objects into hives for bees to augment with their golden wax. The surprises emerging from artists, bees, and beekeepers working together are essential to the creative outcomes of Between Us, which challenge artists' expectations and familiar ways of working and create respect between disciplines and species.
This long-term project anchors the AGR in local communities, providing extraordinary growth opportunities for artists. More than an exhibition, Between Us offers reciprocal learning, understanding, relationship-building and caring, which extends to audiences of the resultant artworks. By showing bee-created artworks, Between Us invites the public to dismiss their fears and value honey bees and conscious and creative agents.