Eyre in Comparison: Personal Experience and the Universal Subject
The Manitoba artist Ivan Eyre has concentrated on objectively exploring universal themes throughout his career.
Eyre has emphasized that his work requires viewers to subjectively construct meaning through their own personal experience. Eyre in Comparison: Personal Experience and the Universal Subject focuses on themes related to the gendered and sexual nature of humans and questions whether these themes can be depicted objectively through the male gaze. The exhibition attempts to expose Eyre’s own positionality, as part of a long historic precedent of male domination in the art sphere, through displaying his work alongside the work of five Canadian female artists. The juxtaposition of Eyre with female artists who are critically attuned to the gendered representations of women in art, will reveal the influence of Eyre’s own personal experience on his approach to topics of universal significance. Through the inclusion of female self-representation, the gendered experience with themes such as femininity, beauty, sexuality, the female nude, space, violence, and freedom will be highlighted.
WAG@The Park presents a rotating series of exhibitions curated by the WAG at The Pavilion at Assiniboine Park Conservancy (APC). Art is selected primarily from the APC collection, as well as from the WAG’s vast holdings.
Curated by: Audrey Bews
Pictured: Kittie Bruneau. Les Passages, 1981. Oil on canvas, 161.7 x 184.3 cm. Collection of the Winnipeg Art Gallery. Gift of Barbara Stimpson, G-84-351. Photograph: Leif Norman, courtesy of the Winnipeg Art Gallery.Show Map