P. Mansaram: The Medium is the Medium is the Medium

11 Sept 2020 - 3 Jan 2021 – Art Gallery of Burlington, 2 Feb 2019 – 23 March 2019 – Art Museum at the University of Toronto
22 January 2022 - 20 March 2022 Surrey Art Gallery

Surrey Art Gallery
22 January 2022 – 20 March 2022
13750 – 88th Ave, Surrey, BC, V3W 3L1

Our final stop for the late P. Mansaram’s touring exhibition The Medium is the Medium is the Medium has arrived. We’ve had the pleasure of witnessing this monumental show take on different configurations at Art Museum at the University of Toronto, Art Gallery of Burlington and now at Surrey Art Gallery.

Conversation on the Art of P.Mansaram
5 February 2022

Learn more about this significant Canadian artist and his mixed media artworks. Deepali Dewan (Dan Mishra Curator of South Asian Art & Culture, Royal Ontario Museum) joins co-curators Indu Vashist (Executive Director, South Asian Visual Arts Centre, Toronto) and Toleen Touq (Artistic Director, South Asian Visual Arts Centre, Toronto) of P.Mansaram: The Medium is the Medium is the Medium to talk about the exhibiting artist’s practice and legacy.

Co-presented with Indian Summer Festival and moderated by their Artistic Director Sirish Rao.

Art Gallery of Burlington – Lin-Chin Family Gallery
11 September 2020 – 3 January 2021
1333 Lakeshore Rd
Burlington, ON L7S 1A9

We are happy to announce that we are touring P. Mansaram: The Medium is the Medium is the Medium to the hometown of P. Mansaram in Burlington, ON. The exhibition is generously supported by the Art Gallery of Burlington’s reopening partner and exhibition sponsor DJB Chartered Professional Accountants.

P. Mansaram – Exhibition Brochure

McLuhan Galaxy — The Medium is the Medium is the Medium: Mansaram Collages & Paintings Now at the Burlington Art Gallery

Art Museum at the University of Toronto
2 Feb 2019 – 23 March 2019
7 Hart House Circle
Toronto, Ontario M5S 3H3

We are thrilled to announce that we are curating an exhibition of works by media artist P. Mansaram with the Art Museum at the University of Toronto. The Medium is the Medium is the Medium thinks through the artist’s decades-long practice of repetition. For Mansaram, repetition is art practice, repetition is meditation, repetition is spirituality, repetition is falling in love, and as he says, repetition is a way to finding god. Strategically using recurrence and reproduction through a variety of medium including drawing, painting, collage, text, sculpture, xerox, silkscreen printmaking, and film, Mansaram’s work invokes unending feelings of travel: through time, dimension and territory.

Spanning more than five decades, the selection of works highlights both material and spiritual elements from the artists’ surroundings and everyday life–including characters, symbols and spaces–to convey the artist’s meditative and transcendent processes in both form and content. In that regard, the ways in which Mansaram assembles different media and creates a sense of place present the viewer with a nuanced narrative of the diasporic experience.

Over the past decade, SAVAC has presented Mansaram’s work in several group programs and we are delighted to be able to shine a spotlight on his long career in this solo exhibition. Continuously tinkering with old works in response to contemporary shifts, Mansaram holds the rare ability of keeping an ever-evolving artistic practice that is both timely and germane.

For the opening night of the exhibition on 2 February 2019, there will be extended exhibition hours from 7pm – 12am at the Justina M. Barnicke Gallery and the University of Toronto Art Centre for the Night of Ideas.

 

Read the catalogue.

Official Press Release

The Art Museum is comprised of the Justina M. Barnicke Gallery (Hart House) and the University of Toronto Art Centre (University College). Located just a few steps apart, the two galleries were federated in 2014 and began operating under a new visual identity as the Art Museum at the University of Toronto, one of the largest gallery spaces for visual art exhibitions and programming in Toronto.

Past events

Opening Reception
Saturday, February 2, 2019, 5-7pm
University of Toronto Art Centre

Extended exhibition hours from 7pm – 12am at the Justina M. Barnicke Gallery and the University of Toronto Art Centre for the Night of Ideas.

Yoga Nidra with Taryn Diamond
Monday, February 11, 2019, 6pm
Justina M. Barnicke Gallery
Registration is required. Sold out.

Curatorial Tour with Indu Vashist and Toleen Touq
Wednesday, March 6, 2019, 6:30pm
Justina M. Barnicke Gallery

Artist Talk with P. Mansaram
Saturday, March 16, 2019, 1pm
Justina M. Barnicke Gallery

Drop In Guided Tours
Tuesdays at 2pm, beginning February 5, 2019
Meet at the Justina M. Barnicke Gallery

Panchal Mansaram (1934–2020) grew up in Mount Abu, Rajasthan in India. He left his family home to fulfill his dream of becoming an artist. As a young art student, Mansaram was inspired by both the history of art and his everyday surroundings, which included billboards, advertising, posters, and early computer art. He also studied in Amsterdam where he began to make more experimental artwork. In 1966, Mansaram moved with his family to Canada, living in Toronto before settling in Burlington. For many years, he worked as both an artist, as well as a high school art teacher in Hamilton, Ontario. Mansaram had exhibitions at numerous galleries including the Art Gallery of Mississauga, Ed Video Media Arts Centre, Art Gallery of Hamilton, and the South Asian Gallery of Art in Oakville.

Curators: Indu Vashist and Toleen Touq
Origin of Exhibition: Justina Barnicke Gallery at the University of Toronto Art Museum

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