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25 November 2015

Winter 2015 Season Launch reception. Photo: Tim Forbes

Installation view of Charles Stankievech: Monument as Ruin. Photo: Tim Forbes

Installation view of Charles Stankievech: Monument as Ruin. Photo: Tim Forbes

The Ontario Association of Art Galleries (OAAG) has awarded the Agnes Etherington Art Centre a 2015 Exhibition of the Year Awards for Charles Stankievech: Monument as Ruin. The 38th annual OAAG Awards winners were announced on Wednesday, 18, November 2015 at the Gladstone Hotel in Toronto.

The OAAG Awards are annual, province-wide awards for artistic merit and excellence. They recognize the new exhibitions, publications, programs and community partnerships produced by Ontario’s public art galleries over the previous year. The Agnes was recognized for the exhibition Charles Stankievech: Monument as Ruin, curated by Contemporary Art Curator Sunny Kerr and presented at the Agnes 10 January–12 April 2015. Also cited in the award were artist Charles Stankievech, Exhibition Coordinator Jennifer Nicoll, Preparator Scott Wallis and Assistant Preparator Mark Birksted.

Agnes Director Jan Allen reflected on the Award, “We are extremely proud of this extraordinary project, which fully exposed the power of Charles Stankievech’s art. The realization of Monument as Ruin stretched us, mobilizing the creative powers of gallery staff in new ways. Receiving peer recognition for our contemporary art program through this Award is immensely gratifying.”

Featuring new work by Charles Stankievech, the exhibition probed twentieth-century military forms and the ways in which they shaped spaces of conflict. Monument as Ruin used video, photography and sculpture to examine WWII-era defense infrastructures including colossal acoustic mirrors built to listen for enemy planes before WWII and bunkers built by the Nazis lining the French, Belgian and Dutch coasts during WWII.

Playing with scale and blurring the line between documentation and invention, Stankievech created an immersive sonic space that invoked past military strategies, and questioned their meaning in relation to today’s landscape of non-territorially bounded conflict.

The exhibition was accompanied by a broadsheet publication, “The Centre Cannot Hold,” with essays by Charles Stankievech and Queen’s University Canada Research Chair in Surveillance David Murakami Wood, furthering Stankievech’s intentions in this work “to facilitate conversations about military colonial strategies and surveillance operations.”

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