Thursday, February 20, 2014

MY MONUMENT featuring cam bush, Steven Leyden Cochrane, Roewan Crowe & Paul Robles

Gallery 1C03 at The University of Winnipeg proudly presents

featuring cam bush, steven leyden cochrane, roewan crowe, and paul robles

March 6 – April 5, 2014

Reception: Thursday, March 6, 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. at Gallery 1C03
Remarks by Winnipeg Arts Council Executive Director Carol Phillips and University of Winnipeg Associate Dean of Arts Fiona Green at approximately 4:30 p.m.

Ghost Launch performance with Chandra Mayor: March 15 at 2:00 p.m. in front of 478 River Avenue

The Book is Happening with Roewan Crowe: March 20, 12:00 – 4:00 p.m. at Gallery 1C03
Conversation with the artists: March 26 at 7:00 p.m. in Room 2M70 (2nd floor of Manitoba Hall) at The University of Winnipeg

MY MONUMENT is a multimedia exhibition featuring artistic exchanges among artists cam bush, Steven Leyden Cochrane, Roewan Crowe, and Paul Robles using Crowe’s new book Quivering Land as a point of connection to explore monuments and vanished feminist/queer/alternative cultural sites. The double-sited exhibit will be shown in Gallery 1C03 (1st floor, Centennial Hall) and in the Hamilton Galleria (4th floor mezzanine, Centennial Hall in the Library), both at The University of Winnipeg.

Quivering Land is a queerish Western long poem that engages with politics to reckon with the legacies of violence and colonization in the West. Robles creates intricately cut origami paper images in response to this narrative, while Crowe produces text-based works that have been altered irrevocably by the brutality of the gun. Together the artists fashion a collaborative sculpture which further elucidates shared experiences of loss and the desire to create space for reflection and memory.

MY MONUMENT includes the participatory website Ghost Launch which maps vanished feminist/queer/alternative bookstores and solicits stories, images, and experiences of these bookstores through a public call for submissions. Evidence of this interactive and intergenerational shared space will take the form of multimedia installations by Steven Leyden Cochrane in Gallery 1C03 and by cam bush in the Hamilton Galleria. All four MY MONUMENT artists will join with Chandra Mayor in front of the former site of Bold Print – The Women’s Bookstore on 478 River Avenue on March 15 in an event titled Ghost Launch to reanimate that location with public readings and the launch of a chapbook. Similarly, for The Book is Happening, Crowe will deliver a durational public reading of Quivering Land in the queer space of Gallery 1C03 on March 20.

Artist biographies:

cam bush is a (re)emerging, Winnipeg-based intermedia artist who holds a BFA (Hons.) from the University of Manitoba. His work frequently investigates locality, human relationships, and language and communication, and has been exhibited in galleries, festivals and alternative exhibition spaces across Canada.

Steven Leyden Cochrane is a multi-disciplinary artist, writer, and educator. He holds a BFA in painting from the Maryland Institute College of Art and an MFA in studio art from the University of Windsor. Originally from Tampa, Florida, he is currently based in Winnipeg.

Roewan Crowe is a trans-disciplinary artist, theorist, and teacher living in Winnipeg who explores the rich terrain of video, photography, installation, performance, digital and new media technologies, theory, text, and activism. She investigates the transformational possibilities that open up through artistic and pedagogical practices. She has a particular passion for queer/trans/feminist art, creating community, and facilitating initiatives in cultural democracy.

Born in the Philippines, Paul Robles is a Canadian artist based in Winnipeg. Recognized for his intricate origami cut paper works, Robles combines the delicacy associated with fine and traditional handwork with the portrayal of subjects such as violence, loneliness and intimacy. He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree (Gold Medal) from University of Manitoba School of Art and Bachelor of Arts degree (Sociology) from The University of Winnipeg.

Chandra Mayor is the current Carol Shields Writer-in-Residence at The University of Winnipeg. The author of three books of poetry and fiction, she has received numerous awards for her writing, including a Lambda Literary Award. She has performed her work in venues and festivals across the country.

MY MONUMENT has been made possible thanks to funding from the Winnipeg Arts Council and with support from the Institute for Women's and Gender Studies and The University of Winnipeg.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Patrick Mahon artist talk now on-line

Photo: Ernest Mayer

There are only a few days left to see Gallery 1C03's current exhibition Patrick Mahon: WATER MEMORY TABLE. It's an elegant exhibition with a fabulous site-specific work related to the layered history of the Red River. 

Meanwhile, if you missed Patrick's artist talk, which covers works he created over the last 20 years, you can watch it from the comfort of your computer right here...enjoy!

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Ghost Launch: Call for Submissions

The past twenty years have seen the near-complete disappearance of feminist- and queer-oriented bookstores in Canada, echoing the broader decline of independent, brick-and-mortar booksellers across North America. Ghost Launch is an online project that seeks to remember and reanimate these once-vital nexuses of community and culture.

Produced in conjunction with MY MONUMENT, the forthcoming exhibition at The University of Winnipeg’s Gallery 1C03 by cam bush, Steven Leyden Cochrane, Roewan Crowe, and Paul Robles, Ghost Launch is conceived of as an unstructured archive and “living monument.” The website will serve as a space to remember and reflect on vanished bookstores and as a platform for the virtual “launch” of works that continue to be made in their absence.

Ghost Launch is currently seeking submissions of personal accounts, historical ephemera, writing, and art that record, remember, or respond to feminist and queer bookstores that no longer exist.

Submissions may include (but are not restricted to) the following:

  • Written and oral histories, personal recollections, and reflections

  • Photographs taken at now-closed bookstores or bookstore events

  • Ephemera and documents (newspaper clippings, event flyers, handbills, buttons, stickers, etc.)

  • Artwork, poetry, and writing that reflects on or relates to a particular bookstore or to vanished bookstores generally

Ghost Launch welcomes submissions from those who might never have set foot in a feminist/queer bookstore (or even had the chance to). Responses to the absence of such spaces are strongly encouraged, as are fictional or fictionalized accounts and documents.

Submissions may consist of text, images, video or audio files, or links to hosted media (YouTube, SoundCloud, etc.) and can be uploaded using the online form at Ghost Launch. Submissions may also be emailed as attachments or file-sharing links to Please indicate if you would prefer to have your submission published anonymously. Audio files can only be accepted via email at this time. Electronic submissions only.

Throughout the year, the website will also feature a variety of projects by feminist- and queer-identified artists, writers, performers, and activists. If you have a work (a book, zine, chapbook, play, performance, visual art, etc.) to “launch,” please contact Ghost Launch.

Deadline for submissions: March 6, 2014.

The production of Ghost Launch is made possible thanks to funding from the Winnipeg Arts Council and with support from Gallery 1C03 and the Institute for Women's and Gender Studies at The University of Winnipeg.

Thursday, January 2, 2014


Patrick Mahon, Water Memory Table Study, 2013, ink on balsawood, 15" x 22".

 Gallery 1C03 at The University of Winnipeg proudly presents its next exhibition:

Patrick Mahon
January 16 – February 15, 2014

Opening reception: Thursday, January 16, 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. at Gallery 1C03

Artist talk: Friday, January 17 at 12:30 p.m. in Room 2M70 (2nd floor of Manitoba Hall) at The University of Winnipeg

Artist workshop “Weather Structures: Printed Sculptures, Environmental Traces”: Saturday, January 11 & Sunday, January 12, 12:00 – 5:00 p.m. at Martha Street Studio

In this solo exhibition, former Winnipegger Patrick Mahon creates printed sculptural installations that reference the human connection to shifting environmental conditions through an investigation of built structures. Forms based on images of water towers and on pictures of built supports used in invasive practices such as coal mining interplay in abstract arrangements where structures and flows comingle. A series entitled Water & Tower Allegory involves printed sculptures that extend Mahon’s longstanding commitment to intersections between art and design, decoration and expression, and the singular with the multiple. In a work made especially for Gallery 1C03, Water Memory Table, historical maps and written records that refer to the flooding of the Red River combine to produce a permeable structure that evokes a layered history of people and water in the Southern Manitoba region.

Patrick Mahon is an artist, writer, and teacher/academic; he was Chair of Visual Arts at the University of Western Ontario from 2000 - 2010. He has a BFA from the University of Manitoba School of Art and a MFA from the University of British Columbia. His work as a visual artist includes print-based projects that engage with historical and contemporary aspects of printmaking. It also involves responding to gallery and museum collections as well as establishing community-based art initiatives, including several regarding the environment. Mahon’s artwork has been exhibited widely, both nationally and internationally. In Canada he has shown at Museum London, The Hamilton Art Gallery, the Southern Alberta Art Gallery and Kamloops Art Gallery, to name a few. Internationally his work has been presented at the Sichuan Fine Arts Institute in Chongqing, China in 2005 and in Barthète (Toulouse), France in 2011. Mahon’s collaborative SSHRC project on the theme of water, Immersion Emergencies and Possible Worlds, began in 2010 and included a residency at the Banff Centre in 2013. As an individual artist he was in residence at the Frans Masereel Centrum in Belgium and at La Maison Patrimoniale Barthète in France, both in 2011. He lives in London, Ontario.

Gallery 1C03 hours: Monday – Friday: 12:00 – 4:00 p.m., Saturday: 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. Closed Sundays..

Admission is always free and everyone is welcome. Wheelchair accessible.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Video & audio from previous public programs now on-line!

Triple Abzurbs Threat performance, September of 2010.

We're going to wrap up 2013 with some video and audio files from previous Gallery 1C03 programs. Back in September of 2010, the Gallery featured a solo exhibition called Pilgrims featuring paintings by Dominique Rey. To accompany the exhibition Dominique and her friends from Triple Abzurbs Threat carried out a live(ly) performance on the front lawn of The University of Winnipeg. Highlights from that performance, wherein they called for the public to try out to be part of their troupe, can be found here.

(Re)presenting Masculinities panelists Kegan McFadden, Bruno Cornellier & Bill Kirby, October, 2013.

More recently Gallery 1C03 organized the panel discussion (Re)presenting Masculinities to accompany the exhibition Boys Club. The panel included presentations by Dr. Bruno Cornellier, Bill Kirby and Kegan McFadden. You can now listen to these presentations here.

To find out what is coming up next at Gallery 1C03 please visit our updated home page.

Gallery 1C03 wishes you a lovely holiday season and we look forward to connecting with you again in 2014!

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Free art education program at Gallery 1C03

John M. King School visit to Herstory exhibit in March of 2013

John M. King School visit to Herstory exhibit in March of 2013
Gallery 1C03 continues to offer FREE art education programming for school and community groups! We are presently offering a one hour program that includes a tour of Ian August's exhibition RE: BUILD THEM, followed by discussion and an art activity. 

Students will look at the paintings, watch the airport video and peek through the peep hole at the Factory model in RE: BUILD THEM. Then, Gallery 1C03's volunteer art educators will engage children in a discussion about the Bauhaus utopian vision of wanting designers, craftspeople and artists to work together to create buildings that fulfill the needs of modern society. We will talk about what makes a building a great place to live/work/learn in today.

The activity portion of the program will see the students use reclaimed materials to create models of their own ideal structures. Students will be given designated roles in their creations which echo the Bauhaus idea of collaboration. After the activity the groups will meet and briefly discuss their creations with one another. Through this activity students will gain insight into the importance of collaboration in the creative process.
In the past Gallery 1C03 has welcomed students in grades 1 - 12 from schools across Winnipeg and even in other parts of the province. We have also hosted visits from Art City, Girl Guide troupes and the UWSA daycare. We would welcome a visit from you and your students!
If you are interested in engaging youth with some great local artists in an educational setting, contact Gallery 1C03 Director/Curator Jennifer Gibson to book a visit with your group. But don't delay: the exhibit (and tours) are only available until December 7!

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Free Film Screening: Bauhaus - The Face of the 20th Century

Join Gallery 1C03 for a free screening of
 Bauhaus: The Face of the Twentieth Century
November 18, 2013 at 4:00 p.m.
Eckhardt-Gramatté Hall (3rd floor of Centennial Hall) at The University of Winnipeg
Followed by Discussion with Dr. Oliver Botar and artist Ian August

The film Bauhaus: The Face of the Twentieth Century (ArtHaus MUSIK, 1994) is presented in conjunction with Ian August’s current Gallery 1C03 exhibition RE: BUILD THEM which reflects upon the effects of the Bauhaus movement through a (re)imagining of its (would be) spaces and structures.

This stunning program looks at the development of the Bauhaus and at the key figures involved in it-including the founder Walter Gropius, his successor Mies van der Rohe, Lazlo Moholy-Nagy and Josef Albers. The program also sets the history of the Bauhaus in the context of the political unrest and economic chaos of the Weimar Republic in Germany. The program features numerous experts including Christopher Frayling of the Royal College of Art, architectural historian Charles Jencks, and Dr. Peter Hahn, Director of the Bauhaus Archive in Berlin. Former students discuss their time at the Bauhaus, and the eminent architect Philip Johnson tells how it influenced his work. The Program contains rare archival footage of the Bauhaus at Dessau and looks at the architecture of Chicago, much influenced by Mies van der Rohe, who emigrated there after the Bauhaus was shut down by the Nazis in 1933. (50min, colour)            

After the screening, join respected Bauhaus art historian Dr. Oliver Botar and artist Ian August in conversation!

Winnipeg-based artist Ian August has presented his art in exhibitions across Canada for the last decade, including local group shows Supernovas (Winnipeg Art Gallery, 2006), 26/Two-Sicks/Too-Six… (Gallery 1.1.1., 2006) and All of a Sudden… (PLATFORM centre for photographic + digital arts, 2013). He has been awarded grants for his work from the Winnipeg Arts Council, Manitoba Arts Council and Canada Council for the Arts. August received his Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours) Degree from the University of Manitoba School of Art in 2004. In 2011 he completed his Master of Fine Arts Degree at York University in Toronto. The following year August spent several months in Berlin and the rest of Germany researching the Bauhaus school and the dissemination of its ideas to North America. This project resulted in a series of paintings and drawings shown at Golden City Fine Art in Winnipeg (2012) and in the current exhibit RE: BUILD THEM.

Art historian Dr. Oliver Botar completed his Bachelor of Arts degree in urban geography at the University of Alberta in Edmonton; and a Master of Science in urban and regional planning, a Master of Arts in art history, and a Ph.D. in art history, all at the University of Toronto. He has taught art and architectural history at several Canadian universities. Since 1996 he has been professor of modern art history at the University of Manitoba, where he teaches a world survey of art and architecture, modern and contemporary art, post-war Canadian art, and art in new media. His research, writing and exhibition curating have focussed on early to mid 20th century art, architecture, photography and media art. This work has been international in scope, with concentrations on Weimar Germany, Hungary, Canada and the United States. The art and ideas of Bauhausler László Moholy-Nagy have been a focus throughout his career. He has lectured, published, and has curated exhibitions in Canada, the United States and Europe. He lives and works in Winnipeg.

Admission is free and everyone is welcome. Wheelchair accessible.