Art Gallery of Algoma’s New Exhibit Features a Tribute to the Group of Seven

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Jon Sasaki: Tribute consists of large-scale photographs depicting petri dishes blooming with microbial cultures derived from the palettes and studio tools used by members of the Group of Seven

Jon Sasaki: Homage features large-scale photographs of Petri dish cultures taken from the tools and palettes of the Group of Seven, as a tribute to their work.

Art from the Group of Seven and Tom Thomson will also appear in the gallery alongside this exhibition.

Artist Jon Sasaki will be participating in a Meet the Artist event at the gallery on Friday, April 29.

For more information, please see the press release below.

The Art Gallery of Algoma is proud to present Jon Sasaki: Tribute curated and toured by the McMichael Canadian Art Collection.

This exhibit consists of large-scale photographs depicting petri dishes blooming with microbial cultures derived from the palettes and studio tools used by members of the Group of Seven and Tom Thomson; historical objects held in the archives of the McMichael Canadian Art Collection.

Tribute is an example of how a contemporary Canadian artist has chosen to pay homage to the iconic Group of Seven, artists considered to be the founders of Canadian art.

Sasaki began his artistic career as a painter inspired by the Group of Seven and in this body of work he continues his engagement through an intervention with these studio objects, examining both his relationship with these iconic artists and contemporary ideas. around nature.

Accompanying this exhibition, the AGA presents a selection of works by the Group of Seven and their contemporaries as well as artists who have been inspired by their work over the years. Algoma, being one of the Group’s favorite places to paint, remains to this day a place of contemplation, inspiration and creativity for many artists. The AGM continues to celebrate and cherish the Group of Seven, but also artists like Jon Sasaki who find inspiration in their work.

The exhibition is accompanied by a publication available in the gallery shop. This catalog includes high-resolution images of the eight Petri dishes (seven Group members and Tom Thomson) and photographs of the archival items (pallets, boxes, brushes), as well as essays by McMichael Chief Curator Sarah Milroy, by artist Jon Sasaki, and conservator McMichael Alison Douglas, who provides scholarly insight into this unique project.

The Members Preview, an in-person event, will take place on Thursday, April 28, 2022 at 7 p.m. Artist Jon Sasaki will be present. On Friday, April 29, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., there will be the Meet the Artist event open to the public.

The event is available with admission to the gallery. For all inquiries, please contact Jasmina Jovanovic, Managing Director, Art Gallery of Algoma, at [email protected] or 705-297-3769.

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