Organized and circulated by the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia
The work in ARENA examines Canada’s fascination with the game of hockey. Using the game as a starting point, the exhibition explores hockey within the wider context of ideas and issues related to contemporary culture.
The exhibition includes works in diverse media such as video projection, sculpture, installation, painting, printmaking and photography and features some of Canada’s leading contemporary artists: Sobey Art Award winners Jean-Pierre Gauthier and Tim Lee, established artists such as Wanda Koop and James Carl, and others at varying stages of practice such as Greg Forrest and Graeme Patterson, and international artists, Hanson+ Sonnenberg, Roderick Buchanan, and Annika Larrson.
The works in ARENA examine the construction of such concepts as hero-worship, desire, sacrifice and the sublimation of violence in the creation of group identity through sport. Sub-themes include the culture of spectacle in Western society, the role of sport in the creation of male identity, and the role of athletes as screens for the projection of desire and aspiration. Pathos, humour, reverence, irreverence, competitiveness and team spirit are all elements of the works that will be on display.