Where I'm at Now: A Conversation in Art
The Slapelis Art Museum, Vilnius, Lithuania. May 5-30, 2022.
Where I'm At Now: A Conversation in Art is a growing collection of collaborative 'postcards' that reflect the experience of place -physical and psychic- by artists Yael Brotman, Karen Curry, Liz Parkinson, Snaige Sileika and MJ Steenberg, colloquially called The Gibson Girls.
After canoeing and travelling together in some form for 30+ years and now often living across the globe, in 2018 I suggested a project to help us stay connected and keep our conversation about art and life going during the rest of the year. Each artist was to begin five artworks on 4"x6" cards based on their current studio inquiry and mail four of these to the others in the group. Each artist was then to add their own imagery to the card before sending it to another member of the group. More than 600 postcards have now travelled to Gabriola Island, British Columbia; Pouch Cove, Newfoundland; Vilnius, Lithuania; Toronto, Lake Panache, Georgian Bay, Delta and Port Hope; Ontario; and Puerto Escondido, Mexico, with input from each of the Gibson Girls. More than we ever imagined, our relationship and the trust we share is evident in the project.
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Garden History (After Parkinson)
September 27, 2021 – October 26, 2021
Garden History (After Parkinson), Liz Parkinson, 2021
Every garden is a replica, a representation, an attempt to recapture something.
– Robert Harbison, Eccentric Spaces
Covid continues to slow us down and rethink our desires. Walking side-roads and revisiting my home library during the pandemic, I returned again to my battered reprint of John Parkinson’s 1629 Paradisi in Sole Paradisus Terrestris (Park-in-Sun’s Earthly Paradise). Seen as the first western garden manual, it collected woodcuts of a thousand known plants organizing them as “The Place, The Time, The Names, The Virtues.”
My walking and study merged in recognitions of local wild plants in historic prints and a rethinking of my relationship to the place, the time, the names, and the virtues of what I desire in my garden paradise.
CMS Art Projects: Wide Angle
August 30, 2021 – September 26, 2021
Images (left to right): Liz Parkinson, 2020; Catherine Heard, 2021; Penelope Stewart, 2020; Jenn Law, 2021; Yael Brotman, 2021
CMS Art projects is pleased to present our latest exhibition Wide Angle, a comparative observation of individual gallery artists’ material processes side-by-side. Featuring a curated selection of unique and editioned artworks by Yael Brotman, Nicole Collins, Anne Marie Cosgrove, Laine Groeneweg, Libby Hague, Catherine Heard, Jenn Law, Anne O’ Callaghan, Liz Parkinson, and Penelope Stewart.
Images (left to right): Anne O’Callaghan, 2021; Nicole Collins, 2021; Libby Hague, 2021; Laine Groeneweg, 2020; Anne Marie Cosgrove, 2020