Design at Riverside
7 Melville Street S, Cambridge, ON
Following the ambitious mounting of The Whole Shebang: a research project in late 2017, Design at Riverside will showcase a selection of works from the Contemporary Fibre Collection to further the conversations of preservation and presentation of works held by Cambridge Art Galleries. Over 115 Canadian artists are represented in the permanent collection dedicated to fibre based works. In the late eighties, we decided to pursue a particular collection mandate focused on the fibre medium, partly because the region’s flourishing industrial base was originally established by the textile industry, and partly because such specialization would set us apart from other institutional collectors. The works in our permanent collection are decidedly contemporary, pushing the limits on all fronts. Take a close look at some of the installation works that live within our vault.
Selected Artwork includes:
Jaime Angelopoulos received her MFA from York University in 2010, and her BFA from NSCAD University, 2005. She quickly received national attention for her work from the press and was awarded the Hazelton Sculpture Prize in 2012 as well as artist residencies at prestigious institutions such as the Meadows School of the Arts in Dallas, Texas and the Banff Centre for the Arts in Banff, Alberta. Her exhibitions and work have been cited in Elle Canada, Le Devoir, The Toronto Star and The Globe and Mail. Angelopoulos has presented solo exhibitions across Canada, notably at PARISIAN LAUNDRY (Montreal, QC), YYZ Artist Outlet (Toronto, ON), Cambridge Galleries (Ontario), Stride Gallery (Calgary, AB), Meadows School of the Arts (Dallas,TX), The Banff Centre for the Arts (Banff, AL) and Anna Leonowens Gallery (Halifax, NS). The artist has shown in group exhibitions in Vancouver (BC), Forth Worth (TX), Sydney and Melbourne Australia, and at the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art (Toronto). Her works are included in the collections of The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Norton Rose, ALDO Group, York University, Bank of Montreal, The Claridge Collection as well as numerous private collections. She is represented by Parisian Laundry (Montreal, PQ).
Kai Chan was born in Chung Kiang, China and immigrated to Canada in 1966. He graduated from Chung Chi College in Hong Kong and completed a degree in interior design at the Ontario College of Art. His work is textile based and three-dimensional. While his preferred fibre medium is thread, his work often includes other materials such as paper, glass beads, ink, toothpicks, lawn grass, cinnamon sticks and glass. Chan has received grants from the Canada Council for the Arts and the Ontario Arts Council. In 1998 he received the Jean A. Chalmers National Crafts Award and was a winner of the Prix Saidye Bronfman Award for Excellence in Crafts in 2002. His work has been exhibited across Canada, Europe, Japan, Australia and the United States and may be found in collections at the Canadian Museum of Civilization, the Mendel Art Gallery, Saskatoon, the Museum of Fine Arts, Huston, Texas, and the Musée des Arts Decoratifs de Montréal, Montreal, Quebec.
His work is critically received equally within the discipline of textiles and the visual arts. He participated in the prestigious 12th International Biennial of Tapestry in Lausanne, Switzerland in 1985, and the equally notable International Triennial of Tapestry in Lodz, Poland in 2001, where he exhibited Ocean, one in a series of complex wall hangings comprised of thousands of toothpicks and thread – an indication that woven tapestry is now only one textile process among many, thanks to artists like Chan whose work is seen in a contemporary context of textiles as substance, structure and subject matter.
Chan's work manifests both his physical journey from China to Canada and his personal journey as an artist negotiating a cross-cultural identity. He draws inspiration from the basic elements in his immediate surroundings: light, air, earth, water, flora and fauna. He has chosen to work with everyday, and often recyclable and found materials because, for him, the nature of these materials represents a fundamental value that informs the human condition.
Elyse De Lafontaine graduated from the Centre des Textiles Contemporains de Montreal and received a diploma from Cegep du Vieux Montréal in 1985. She started as a milliner and expanded into textile artworks. Known as a textile sculptor, she uses steel and hand dyed horse hair and feathers in her work. She has received numerous awards including the Prix François-Houdé in 2001. In 2006, she was the winner of the fifth Oeuvre d’art éphémère competition organized by Place des Arts de Montréal. Her work has been exhibited in group and solo shows in North America and Europe and can be found in public, private and corporate collections in Quebec and abroad.
Helen Gregor was born in Prague and immigrated to Canada in 1940. She studied art at Newark Technical College in England, Birmingham College of Art and the Royal College of Art, London, England. In Canada she taught at the Ontario College of Art and Design. As an artist and educator, she is known for questioning the division between fine and applied art. Having developed a fascination with textile art, she worked on incorporating tapestry and the built environment in her work. Her work has been shown twice at the Triennial of Tapestry in Lodz, Poland, and she has received numerous commissions for both public and private buildings. Her work is found in collections of the Canadian Museum of Civilization, the National Gallery of Canada and the Art Gallery of Ontario.
Tim Jocelyn was born in Ottawa, Ontario. He started his textile work in fashion accessories, “the wearable art” and moved into other creative areas, such as textile banners, paper cut-outs, wall panels, screens, kinetic sculptures and upholstered furniture. He predominantly used silk and leather in his work. He was an active member of the ChromaZone group, an art collective formed in Toronto in 1981. His work can be found in the collections of the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario and the Art Gallery of Mississauga, Mississauga, Ontario.
David H. Kaye, a Canadian artist and gallery owner, worked as an apprentice in tapestry studios in Montréal with Helena Hernmarck and Stockholm with Agneta Flock, and took study trips through Europe, North Africa, Turkey and Israel. He is the owner of the David Kaye Gallery in Toronto since April 2006. Kaye’s work mixed traditional weaving techniques with other media. Some of his work has included woven relief work done in linen, jute and sisal. He has participated in solo exhibitions at the Merton Gallery, Toronto, as well as group exhibitions nationally and internationally. He was awarded a Chalmers Scholarship and the Lieutenant Governor’s medal in 1972 at the Ontario College of Art. He received a B.A. from the University of Guelph (1978) and an M.F.A. from the Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan (1980).
Born in 1990, Daniel Manchego-Badiola is an emerging artist based out of the Niagara Region who tends to focus on the nebulous relationship between man and nature, and challenges in a reflective manner this relationships existence. With a childlike fascination he engages our world, the thought of time, and the existence of life, attempting to explore the mysteries of creation and the wonders of destruction. Daniel derives his influences from childhood, the natural world, and his calling to create, thus enabling him to develop works that satisfy his urge of adventure, investigation and discovery.
Daniel has graduated from the Honours Visual Arts Program at Brock University, receiving a minor in Arts and Culture. His work has been exhibited at venues such as the Rodman Hall Art Centre, Niagara Falls Art Gallery, Niagara Artists Centre, Gallery 1313, Idea/Exchange Art+Design Galleries, and the Queen Elizabeth Park Community & Cultural Centre.
Sheila McMath completed her Masters of Fine Arts degree at the University of Waterloo in 2001. She is an active participant of the regional arts community as both an artist and educator. She has held memberships on various committees including the Waterloo-Wellington Museum Gallery Educator’s Network and the City of Kitchener’s Public Art Working Group. In 2009, Ms.McMath was recognized as one of the Record’s 40 under 40. Sheila takes her place as a member of an exceptional group of youthful community leaders who are truly making a difference in the Waterloo Region. In October, 2014 McMath was named Curator at the Canadian Clay and Glass Studio in Waterloo, Ontario.
Karen Thiessen was born in a Russian Mennonite community in Southern Ontario. In 1987, she graduated from the University of Windsor with a Bachelor of Arts degree and in 1996 she earned a Textile Diploma from the Sheridan College, School of Crafts and Design, Oakville, Ontario. In 1999, Thiessen graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Art in Textiles and Art History from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. Her work often exhibits a combination of contemporary textiles with collage and mixed media. She uses digitally generated images and picks used material and recycles it in her textiles and multimedia collages. Themes in her artworks are inspired by her Russian Mennonite heritage. Thiessen is a recipient of grants from the Ontario Council for the Arts, and has won awards for her work including the Mary Diamond Butts Award in Embroidery, Ontario Crafts Council in 2005, Toronto, Ontario; the Watermark 2001 Juror’s Choice Award, Halifax, Nova Scotia and others. Her work has been exhibited solo and in group shows across Ontario, in Canada, the United States and Korea. Her work can be found in the collections of the Nova Scotia Art Bank in Halifax, Nova Scotia, the Mount Saint Vincent University Art Gallery in Halifax, Nova Scotia and in private collections.
Joy Walker is an artist, designer and curator living and working in Toronto. She studied at the Ontario College of Art and Design and was an artist in residence in the Textile Studio at Harbourfront Centre. She works with fabric, paper and tape, using techniques such as screen printing, cutting, stitching, drawing and photography. Many of her works show patterns, grids, geometry and repetition. In 1996, she founded WORKtextiles, a design company that produces silkscreen-printed functional textiles for the home. WORKtextiles products have been sold through major design stores in Canada and the United States and featured in numerous publications. Joy Walker taught Fabric Science at George Brown College (2001-2006) and Studio Textiles at Sheridan College (2006-2007). She currently curates exhibits at *QueenSpecific, a window gallery on Queen St. West, Toronto and continues developing new art and design projects. Joy Walker is represented by MKG127 Gallery, Toronto.