POWERBOXES is a sculptural art installation and a playful take on modernist painting. From artist David Stonhouse, the exhibition recreates industrial fabrication and building exteriors as modern geometric abstract paintings, transforming the Godfrey Dean Art Gallery into an immersive surreal space, cheerfully bold and colourful.
Electrical boxes and other kinds of utility panels are found virtually everywhere that people live and work. These everyday objects are usually tucked away behind or along the sides of buildings, out of sight. Often great effort has gone into their design and construction to make them practically invisible. Like other forms of camouflage, these decisions are intentional. But are they artistic?
In POWERBOXES, artist David Stonhouse paints directly on the gallery walls and installs sculptural paintings in a unique art installation. There are connections to modernist painting and relief techniques, including the specific history of modernist painting in Saskatchewan and Canada, Eli Bornstein and Elizabeth Willmott, among others in the structurist art movement being good examples. David Stonhouse’s work expands on this history, proposing new ways that art can be perceived and created in response to our contemporary environment and the infrastructure we have built.
Curated by the Godfrey Dean Art Gallery, this exhibition is exclusive to Yorkton, SK, part of an expanding body of work by the artist. We are thrilled to have the opportunity to showcase and support David Stonhouse. Don’t miss the opportunity to see the exhibition in person this summer!
An artist, curator and educator based in Treaty 6 territory, Saskatoon, David Stonhouse is a founding member and Director of BAM Artist Collective + Gallery, a Program Guide at the Remai Modern, and a curating board member for the Frances Morrison Gallery. Inspired by work connected to the Emma Lake Campus, David has developed his own brand of punk formalism. His paintings are loaded optically and texturally as a knee-jerk reaction to screen-driven flatness.