Grant McConnell PowerHouse Exhibit
July 27 - Sept. 7, 2016 at the Mann Art Gallery, 142-12th St. West, Prince Albert
PowerHouse is Grant McConnell's series of paintings and drawings that show recognizable Canadian government buildings and other familiar architecture incorporated with western art historical imagery. In this collaborative approach, the government motifs traverse through familiar styles including Klee-esque abstraction, the surrealism of Magritte, Giacometti's sculptural forms, and the still lifes of Dutch Golden age artists up to the modern Morandi. Each work in the exhibition provides viewers with visual jumping off points to consider just how much power the government holds in one's house.
McConnell is a Saskatoon-based artist and educator. He is known primarily for his acrylic on wood painting that is derived from an ongoing investigation of subject matter related to Canadian historical themes. This work varies in approach, from a more meditative engagement with still life, to imagery that includes urban and rural landscape references and animal life. Mixed media is an increasingly significant part of his practice, as is three-dimensional work. McConnell's pieces are in numerous private and public collections across Canada. He currently sits as President and National Spokesperson on the National Board of CARFAC.