Detail - “Work Hard Be Nice” 2014 by Heather Benning
Let Our Fields Be Broader, But Our Nights So Much Darker
November 5 to December 30, 2016
Saskatchewan artist Heather Benning has a growing international reputation for producing large-scale, site-specific installations within natural environments, presenting interventions in outdoor locations and abandoned and decaying architectural spaces.
Another focus of her practice is creating gallery-based installations and working in video. It is these latter practices that are featured in the exhibition A Prairie Gothic: Let Our Fields Be Broader, But Our Nights So Much Darker.
Presenting four bodies of work and her new film, the exhibition offers viewers intricately woven narratives that address notions of place, loss, the perceived ‘otherness’ of rural life and the construction of gender and femininity.
Each series contributes to an overarching narrative of the prairie gothic. Stories of innocence, haunting memories and romantic ideals of settler life on the prairies are intertwined with dark narratives and tragic loss. Benning presents viewers with iconic images and monuments of prairie rural life that not only acknowledge the passing of an era, the loss of a connection to our rural roots, idyllic dreams that are never realized and the inevitability of change, but also reflect a sensitivity and respect for the individual lives and stories, whether real or imagined, that collectively contribute towards a prairie sensibility or mythology.
Exhibition Curator is Jennifer McRorie. This exhibition was presented at Moose Jaw Museum and Art Gallery in fall 2015 and will be at the Mann Art Gallery in Prince Albert in 2017. This exhibition was organized by Moose Jaw Museum & Art Gallery in partnership with Art Gallery of Swift Current. An exhibition publication with essay is available.
The Public is invited to meet the artist, Heather Benning at a Reception
Wednesday evening November 23, 2016 at 7:30pm.
Also enjoy a short piano performance by Andrea Neustaeter as part of Canada Music Week
Admission free and everyone welcome.
Thank you to artist Heather Benning and to Saskatchewan Arts Board, SaskCulture - SaskLotteries and the City of Swift Current for their support.
Public viewing during regular gallery hours is free and everyone is welcome!
Guided group tours are available.
For bookings please call T: 306-778-2736
Exhibition Viewing Hours:
Monday to Thursday - 1 to 5pm and 7 to 9pm
Friday to Saturday - 1 to 5pm. Closed Sundays during July & August
Closed during exhibition changes and statutory holidays.
(Dates and hours subject to change due to special events and availability of volunteers. Please call ahead to avoid disappointment.)