Hard­ware Gallery in Kentville kicks off 2019 with new show

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out­lets dic­tate use of the land and pro­claim its oc­cu­pa­tion. I like the idea of sub­vert­ing the ro­man­ti­cized un­touched Cana­dian en­vi­ron­ment, iconized in art his­tory in such cel­e­brated work as the Group of Seven,” said Bishop in a pre­pared state­ment.

“Com­mer­cial­ism and ad­ver­tis­ing is so main­stream that we are de­sen­si­tized to it, but un­der the frame of land­scape paint­ing some­thing changes, and we’re left to ques­tion in­ten­tion. For this ex­hi­bi­tion, I de­cided to take the op­por­tu­nity to cu­rate a show of work fo­cus­ing on bill­boards and trac­tor trailer ads. The paint­ings shown are a range of work and, I be­lieve, show a breadth of ap­proaches to my process. I want my paint­ings to rep­re­sent a sense of ex­cess and con­sump­tion while re­main­ing open to in­ter­pre­ta­tion; rang­ing from ro­man­tic, folky or hu­mor­ous to po­lit­i­cally charged with ap­pro­pri­a­tion and en­vi­ron­men­tal im­pact.”

Bishop reg­u­larly shows his paint­ings be­tween New Brunswick and Nova Sco­tia. His work is in nu­mer­ous pub­lic and pri­vate col­lec­tions across Canada, in­clud­ing The NB Art Bank, The NS Art Bank, The Canada Coun­cil Art Bank, The Depart­ment of For­eign Af­fairs, the Beaver­brook Art Gallery, TD Bank, McCain, and Ste­wart McKelvey Law Firm.

“Jack looks at our com­mer­cial en­vi­ron­ment with a hu­mor­ous yet ques­tion­ing eye, giv­ing us cause for thought and even con­cern. A fresh, dif­fer­ent per­spec­tive (that is) def­i­nitely worth check­ing out,” said Hard­ware Gallery di­rec­tor Sasha Nel­son.

Nel­son is cred­ited with get­ting the ball rolling on hav­ing the gallery opened as a pub­lic cre­ative art space in Kentville. Hard­ware Gallery hosts monthly ro­tat­ing ex­hibits, work­shops and talks.


The Hard­ware Gallery’s cur­rent ex­hibit “Ad­ven­tures in Ad­ver­tis­ing” fea­tures the thought-pro­vok­ing work of Hal­i­faxbased artist Jack Bishop. This piece is in­spired by the storm chips craze.

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