Circadian ~ Exhibition and Curator Talk and Tour

Portrait of a Lady Fern, Janice Wright Cheney (participating artist in the exhibition)

Launch: January 11, 2:00 p.m.
Curator talk and tour: January 30, 6:00 p.m. (see below)

On Saturday, January 11, AX launched Circadian, a new group exhibition curated by Amy Ash and sponsored by the Sheila Hugh Mackay Foundation.

Inspired by the slow art movement, Circadian uses the language of the natural world to explore time, place, and the value of slowing down to reconnect with the world around us. The exhibition features artwork that has been created through laborious and time-intensive processes, and includes sculpture, textiles, sound, photography, and quillwork created by eight contemporary New Brunswick artists. The artists featured in this exhibition are: Jim Boyd, Janice Wright Cheney, Jud Crandall, Tara Francis, Emilie Grace Lavoie, Alana Morouney, Karen Stentaford, and Anna Torma. Together, they celebrate the pace of life in New Brunswick and the awakening that transpires when we are fully present in ourselves and our surroundings.

Circadian will transform the AX gallery into a space where we can decelerate, pause, look, and listen as the world unfolds around us and will be in the gallery until February 29.

Amy has also, with the help of AX, produced our first, full-length catalogue, which is based on the Circadian exhibition.

Circadian was curated exclusively for AX by Amy Ash, and the exhibition and catalogue are all made possible through the generous support of the Sheila Hugh Mackay Foundation. AX is especially pleased to have been selected to receive this grant, as it was a highly competitive process.

Curator Talk and Tour

As an extension of Circadian, on Thursday, January 30 at 6:00 p.m., curator Amy Ash has generously offered to do a presentation about the exhibition and the history of the slow art movement. Join us in the AX gallery to learn more about the artists involved in the exhibition, their painstaking and laborious art techniques and how they exemplify the slow art movement, and get a behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to curate an art exhibition.

“I feel privileged to live here, in New Brunswick. We have access to forested areas and coastline — places where the world still seems quiet and lacking the hustle and bustle of many urban areas. In a way, we have more autonomy over our own time because of the rurality of most of the province. This seemed strikingly obvious to me when I moved back from London, UK, and I was inspired to explore this regional characteristic through the contemporary art practices happening here.”

-Amy Ash

About Amy Ash

Amy Ash is an interdisciplinary contemporary artist engaged with processes of meaning-making leading to a sense of belonging. She traces connectivity through the intersections and overlaps between memory, learning and wonder to incite curiosity. Her practice flows between curatorial projects and writing to teaching, socially engaged action and hands-on making. Amy has exhibited and curated programmes internationally, with projects recently commissioned by National Gallery London, The NB International Sculpture Symposium and Third Space Gallery. Her work has been generously supported by Arts Council England, Arts NB and the Sheila Hugh Mackay Foundation, among others. Of settler ancestry, Amy currently lives and works in Saint John, New Brunswick, a small coastal city, which sits on the unceded territory of the Wolastoqiyik and Mi’kmaq Peoples.