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Centre gallery presents 25 years of Shelagh Keeley’s work

February 7, 2011

Charlottetown - Toronto artist Shelagh Keeley's small scale drawings, book works, and large steel works reveal her political and social concerns in a new exhibition coming to the Confederation Centre Art Gallery.

Shelagh Keeley: A Retrospective takes a look at the past 25 years of Keeley's artistic career. The exhibit includes work as early as 1984, drawings from the 1990s and 2000s, book works from the past 25 years, as well as a steel wall work from the early 2000s. Her work reveals themes that have pervaded artistic practice during the past two and a half decades: diversity, history, representation, the body and, in general, that which is political and social.

Her work has had a significant impact, nationally and internationally, for its thematic interests, as well as for the way she handles the materials-the hand of the artist is evident throughout her productions.

The exhibition closes with a work from her 2009 residency in Shanghai, China. The retrospective provides an overview of Keeley's contribution to the discourse on art in this country and seeks to position her practice within an international context.

An award winning exhibition catalogue, with essays by Peggy Gale and Christopher Dewdney, accompanies the exhibition. The exhibit is curated by Linda Jansma of Oshawa and Carol Podedworny of Hamilton and circulated by the Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Oshawa.

Keeley will present an ArtTalk about her exhibition on Friday, February 11 at 7:00 p.m. in the gallery.

Shelagh Keeley: A Retrospective is on display February 12 to May 29 in the Confederation Centre Art Gallery.

Image: Steel Notebook, New Delhi, India, 2004, oil stick on rusted steel, 240 x 120 cm each of eight, Collection of the Robert McLaughlin Gallery (detail).


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