Their work is part of an exhibition at the National Gallery of Canada, curated by Rhiannon Vogl, the Gallery's Curatorial Assistant of Contemporary Art, and organized by the NGC in collaboration with David Johnston, Governor General of Canada. Much of the art on display comes from loans from the laureates as well as from private and public collections. Two of the artists, Angela Gauerholz and Carol Wainio, are alumnae of Montreal's Concordia University, which has a reputation for honing many exceptional creative talents.

Grauerholz, MFA 80, born in Hamburg, Germany, has had an important and prolific career, and is known for exploring the themes of memory and space in her clean, stylized images. She has worked at Université du Québec à Montréal since 1988, and has represented Canada at numerous international exhibitions, including the Sydney Biennale.

Wainio, MFA 85, has exhibited extensively across Canada, and is presently an adjunct professor at the University of Ottawa. Her artwork, marked by a subdued, monochromatic palette, has been included in the National Gallery of Canada in 2005.

Governor General’s Awards in Visual and Media Arts
National Gallery of Canada
380 Sussex Drive, Ottawa
www.gallery.ca(lien externe)
March 28 to July 6, 2014

 
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Carol Wainio
Photo: Canada Council for the Arts / Martin Lipman

 
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Carol Wainio, Puss in the Subcontinent (#11) , 2009, acrylic on canvas, 152.4 x 254 cm, collection of the artist. Photo: Richard-Max Tremblay

 
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Carol Wainio, Sagamie 1, 2011, acrylic on canvas, 152.4 x 304.8 cm, collection of the artist. Photo: Richard-Max Tremblay

 
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Carol Wainio, The Governor General and The Fox, 2012, acrylic on canvas, 152.4 x 254 cm, collection of the artist. Photo: Richard-Max Tremblay

 
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Angela Grauerholz
Photo: Canada Council for the Arts / Martin Lipman

 
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Angela Grauerholz, Rose et bleu, 2010, ink jet print on Arches paper, 102 x 152.4 cm, collection of the artist (1/3)

 
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Angela Grauerholz, Privation, 2001, a series of 75 ink jet prints (Giclée) on Arches paper, selection of 8, 114.3 x 92.7 cm, collection of the artist except top row, third from left (Privation Book No. 44, back cover, collection of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, purchase, the Canada Council for the Arts’ Acquisition Assistance Program and the Horsley and Annie Townsend Bequest)

 
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Angela Grauerholz, Reading Room for the Working Artist, 2003–2004 (installation view, VOX centre de l’image contemporaine). After Alexander Rodchenko’s reading room of the USSR Workers’ Club, conceived for L’exposition internationale des Arts décoratifs et industriels modernes, Paris, 1925. Unique mixed-media installation, collection of the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa