ANN BEAM: Continuously Arriving Present Moment

Image: At the Horse Washing Waterfall (after Hokusai)

Exhibition: July 14 - October 05, 2014

Read Gallery Strat Chat: A Conversation of a Continuously Arriving Present Moment by Curator Aidan Ware

This exhibition by multi-media artist Ann Beam (M’chigeeng, Manitoulin), curated by Aidan Ware, presents a selection of her monumentally scaled mixed media paintings as well as new works. Continuously Arriving Present Moment is a body of work based on powerful archetypal images in Beam's life, including the Horse, the Earth, and the Waterfall, each representing a continuum of occurrence and renewal. Her paintings incorporate highly textured recycled corrugated boxes, birch bark, cedar bark, photo transfer, acrylic paint, and found objects. This potent combination of symbolism and marginalized materials has created energetic new ground for her painting.

Ann Beam has been a professional artist for more than 30 years, with a BA in Fine Art from State University of New York at Buffalo. She taught at the Art Gallery of Ontario in the late 1960s and early 1970s and has worked extensively in ceramics, watercolour, etching, concrete, canvas, ink on mulberry paper, and recently, corrugated cardboard. She manages the Neon Raven Art Gallery on Manitoulin Island, which features works by her late husband artist Carl Beam and daughter Anong Migwans Beam, as well as her own work.

Drawn to the vast spaces and the introspective peace of Manitoulin, Carl and Ann Beam famously collaborated to build their own adobe house, studio, and gallery, with an outdoor space for smoke-firing pottery in M'chigeeng, which is where Ann continues to reside and operate the Gallery. Manitoulin Island profoundly inspires the saturate spiritual and powerful physical presentation of her work. Images of Bridal Veil Falls form the basis of the theme of occurrence and renewal, present moment and continuous present moment.

Catalogues available at the Gallery: $15/each.

Special Thanks: Owen Sound Transportation Company

Read the Review of her Exhibition Engine Room in Canadian Art

Read the Review of her Work in Days Out Ontario