Frost-bitten Mosquito-slapping Trolley-tippers: Contemporary Art from Manitoba

I'm thrilled to be included in this group exhibition scheduled for this fall at General Fine Craft, Art & Design in Almonte, Ontario.


'Rapid Transit', Peter Graham, screen print on paper, 12" x 18", edition of 10, 2014. $300 


September 2014:
Frost-bitten Mosquito-slapping Trolley-tippers: Contemporary Art from Manitoba                       
group exhibition curated by Diana Thorneycroft and Michael Boss
This exhibition is comprised of a selection of artists whose work we know and admire; work done by friends and colleagues we have rubbed elbows with over the years in various capacities. The show has no particular stylistic link; in fact, what is thematically consistent is the lack of consistency. What the work has in common, however, is excellence.
Some of the artists are descendants of early settlers who arrived in Manitoba, and then, after a few floods, swarms of locusts, fish flies, black flies, wood ticks, more floods, prairie fires and so on, began to like it here. Others came later from the east, west, north and south and embraced this quirky place we call home – Manitoba.
We live in the middle of a flood plain that breeds mosquitoes with remarkable efficiency and where temperatures in the winter are frequently colder than Mars. This is a province built on agriculture and founded by a mystical Metis leader who was hanged by the government of Canada, and about whom opinions are still sharply divided 129 years later. This is the place that spawned the 1919 Winnipeg General Strike that set the tone for all subsequent labour movements in the country. It is a peculiar place with plenty of underlying tensions and idiosyncratic artists. It was, and still is, the Wild West; a province brimming with prairie beauty, cultural diversity and 18 skillful frost bitten, mosquito slapping, trolley tippers.
 -Michael Boss and Diana Thorneycroft