Jon Sasaki: Homage
The Art Gallery of Algoma is proud to present the exhibition Jon Sasaki: Homage organized and toured by the McMichael Canadian Art Collection. This exhibition consists of large-scale photographs depicting petri dishes blooming with microbial cultures derived from the palettes and studio tools used by members of the Group of Seven and Tom Thomson; historic objects held in the archives of the McMichael Canadian Art Collection. Homage is an example of how a contemporary Canadian artist chose to pay tribute to the iconic Group of Seven, artists who are considered founders of Canadian art. Sasaki started his art career as a painter inspired by the Group of Seven and in this body of work he continues his engagement through an intervention with these studio objects, examining both his relationship to these iconic artists and contemporary ideas concerning nature.
Accompanying this exhibition, the AGA will be presenting Group of Seven: Everlasting Inspiration, a selection of artwork by the Group of Seven and their contemporaries as well as artists who have found inspiration in their work over the years. Algoma, being one of the favourite painting spots for the Group, remains a place of contemplation, inspiration, and creativity for many artists to this day. The AGA continues to celebrate and treasure the Group of Seven but also artists such as Jon Sasaki who are inspired by their work.
Members Preview, an in-person event, will be held on Thursday, April 28, 2022, at 7:00PM. Artist Jon Sasaki will be in attendance. On Friday, April 29th, from 5:00PM to 7:00PM a Meet the Artist event will be open to the public.