Stéphane La Rue & Sally Späth

12 February – 4 April 2003

Stéphane La Rue
For his first exhibition outside of Quebec, Stéphane La Rue will present a new group of paintings and drawings. The gesso on linen paintings continue the artist’s exploration of the possibilities afforded by the monochrome and the interstices of the paintings’ supports. La Rue’s attention to the spaces between his paintings is particularly focused in the work, “Let’s Play Another Love Song (for Joe Maneri)”, an homage to one of jazz’s pioneers of microtonal music; microtones being the spaces between the traditional intervals of 12- note equal temperament.

La Rue has developed a parallel practice of drawing and the eleven drawings presented in the exhibition offer variations on the form of an expanded cube. An earlier sculpture will serve to contextualize the painting and drawing.

Sally Späth
Utilizing the slimmest of supports and the lightest of colours, Sally Späth’s paintings probe the fundamental properties of the materials she employs. Späth’s investigation is both methodical and spontaneously responsive to the play between wall and support.

For her exhibition in the south galleries of the A G Y U, Sally Späth will present a series of new oil on vellum paintings that were created on site in the galleries. Utilizing her restricted palette of whites, Späth continues to isolate painting’s most basic components and experiment with their variations to create a series of paintings that overlap and spill onto the walls.

Public Lecture
Stephen Melville: Hegel and Contemporary Art
Thursday 6 March at 7:00 pm
Curtis Lecture Hall F

Stephen Melville teaches in the Department of History of Art and the Department of English at Ohio State University. His areas of expertise are contemporary art, theory, and historiography. With Philip Armstrong and Laura Lisbon, he curated a major exhibition of contemporary painting at the Wexner Center for the Arts in 2001 entitled As Painting: Division and Displacement . His publications include a collection of essays Seams: Art as a Philosophical Context and Philosophy Beside Itself: On Deconstruction and Modernism.

Film Screenings
Sunday 2 March at 3:00 pm Margaret Tait, Colour Poems, 1974, 12 min. Margaret Tait, Garden Pieces, 1998, 12 min. Sara Kathryn Arledge, Interior Garden, 1978, 7 min. Sara Kathryn Arledge, Tender Images, 1978, 6 min. Stan Brakhage, Boulder, Blues and Pearls, 1992, 20 min. Stan Brakhage, Autumnal, 1993, 5 min. Joost Rekveld, # 7, 1996, 32 min.

The AGYU presents a screening of experimental and abstract films, from Sara Kathryn Arledge’s filmic combinations of abstract and semi-abstract hand-painted glass transparencies to the abstract animation of Joost Rekveld. The program includes the films of Scottish artist, filmmaker and poet, Margaret Tait (1918 – 1999) whose work remains relatively unseen by the general public. All screenings are held in the Nat Taylor Cinema, 102 North Ross Building, across the hall from the AGYU. Admission is free .

Concert
John Gzowski
Wednesday 2 April, 7pm

Composer of stage and chamber compositions using microtonal systems, John Gzowski is also active as an instrument builder, performer and producer. He has performed with rock, jazz, new music, and world music groups, and has written music for Array Music, Harbour Symphony, Evergreen Club Gamelan Ensemble, and Critical Band. He has performed on guitar, oud, cello, mandolin, and lap steel, as well as his own instrument s , such as the electric dowel, the cat1s cradle, and the electric 2×4. The concert will take place in the gallery.