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Hide in Plain Sight

Peter Dykhuis and Adrian Göllner

with Gil McElroy, introduction by David Aurandt

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The Cold War between the West and the Eastern bloc of communist nations was fought at many levels, including cultural. The work of American abstract expressionist artists of the mid-twentieth century for instance, was advanced and promoted to exemplify or symbolize freedoms injoyed in the United States as opposed to the repressions of communist regimes, in particular the Soviet Union. Peter Dykhuis and Adrian Göllner draw upon the phenomenon of modernist abstract art used as camouflage for the advancement of political agendas outside the purview of the aesthetic. In their work, it is a central point of both reference and response. Recent work by both artists that explores the encoding of abstraction will be shown in relation to select works of mid-twentieth century abstract art held in the Permanent Collection of the RMG - paintings by the likes of Jack Bush, Harold Town, and Serge Tousignant.

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Gil McElroy

A military brat, Gil McElroy was born in Metz, France, and grew up on air force bases in Canada and the United States. He studied English literature at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. His critical writing on art has been published in magazines in Canada, the United States and Australia, and he has worked as an independent curator since the 1980s, organizing exhibitions for galleries in Ontario and the Maritimes. From 1997 to 2000, he was Curator at the Confederation Centre Art Gallery and Museum in Charlottetown, PEI. He won the Christina Sabat Award for Art Criticism in 2001 for his curatorial essay on the visual poetry of bpNichol, “Ground States: The Visual Contexts of bpNichol.” He is also an artist, exhibiting gallery and site-specific installations based on his interests in cosmology. He has published poetry widely in Canadian and American periodicals and anthologies, and a book-length collection of his recent poetry, Dream Pool Essays, was released by Talonbooks in the fall of 2001. He currently lives in Colborne, Ontario.

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David Aurandt

A military brat, Gil McElroy was born in Metz, France, and grew up on air force bases in Canada and the United States. He studied English literature at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. His critical writing on art has been published in magazines in Canada, the United States and Australia, and he has worked as an independent curator since the 1980s, organizing exhibitions for galleries in Ontario and the Maritimes. From 1997 to 2000, he was Curator at the Confederation Centre Art Gallery and Museum in Charlottetown, PEI. He won the Christina Sabat Award for Art Criticism in 2001 for his curatorial essay on the visual poetry of bpNichol, “Ground States: The Visual Contexts of bpNichol.” He is also an artist, exhibiting gallery and site-specific installations based on his interests in cosmology. He has published poetry widely in Canadian and American periodicals and anthologies, and a book-length collection of his recent poetry, Dream Pool Essays, was released by Talonbooks in the fall of 2001. He currently lives in Colborne, Ontario.

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