Art Dates & Location
July 9th – August 31st
Mann Art Gallery
142 12 St W
Prince Albert, SK S6V 3B5
Heather Benning and Tim Moore were curated by Mann Art Gallery.
Heather Benning's Artist Bio
Heather Benning currently lives and works in rural Saskatchewan. She completed a bachelor of fine arts degree from Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in 2004, and a master of sculpture at Edinburgh College of Art in 2009. Between her degrees, Benning returned to Saskatchewan, where she completed several large-scale, site-specific installations. She has had numerous solo and group shows throughout Canada (Nova Scotia, Manitoba and Saskatchewan, Ontario) and abroad (United States, Spain, Germany, Austria, Scotland, England and France). Heather’s work has been reviewed in Canadian Art magazine, Sculpture magazine, Espace and Uppercase Magazine, Studio Magazine, The Nation Post, etc. Her Film, The Dollhouse, (documentation of the decommissioning of her site specific sculpture, Dollhouse) screened 23 film festivals in 16 countries, including the Vancouver International Film Festival, and Glasgow Short Film Festival.
Tim Moore's Artist Bio
Tim Moore is a Metis Artist whose work revolves around identity within the Canadian post-colonial constructs. His artistic practice copes primarily with the stigma of being from a mixed Canadian heritage. Moore’s professional work wrestles with human social anxiety and how this shapes our individual and collective identities. Moore's work focuses on the Metis identity as well as contemporary Indigenous issues. His work shows in both solo and group exhibitions throughout Saskatchewan and across the country. In 2009 his work was included in the exhibition “Mind the Gap”. Organized by the Dunlop Art Gallery, Regina Sk. This exposure led to his inclusion in “The Painting Project”. A survey of new painting trends in Canada, organized by Les Gallerie L’UQAM, Montreal and featured on the Virtual Museum of Canada web site. Tim is also the chairperson for IPAC, The Indigenous Peoples Artists Collective of Prince Albert Inc. Moore has been shortlisted for numerous public art commissions and is currently represented by Galerie 3, Quebec City, Quebec.
Go Forth and Prosper is a 6 ½’ x 2’ x 7’ (approx.) sculpture commissioned for Roadside Attractions. It consists of a larger then life rear-view mirror. The body of the sculpture is created with foam and resin. The “mirror” will be a collage of the North Saskatchewan River with markings to indicate significant moments of Saskatchewan’s history.
Growing up in Saskatchewan, there is almost always the assumption that one will leave, whether it be for education, economic advancement, isolation, or the notion of “greener grass.” Both Moore and Benning have left the province for these reasons, but have also returned to be a part of the growing Saskatchewan arts community. The use of the rear-view mirror is to indicate memory, a longing for what is left behind when one leaves, and like a mirror, our memories of Saskatchewan becomes distorted a bit more black and white, a lot less grey. You choose to remember either the good or the bad; what will bring you back or what will keep you away.