The inaugural exhibition at BARDO-29, the newest project of The House Museum opened on July 9th. TItled, Newfoundland, Real and Imagined, the exhibition invited artists (and non-artists) to submit works no larger than 12" x 12" (30 cm x 30 cm) that represented their idea of Newfoundland. Twenty artists reponded. Some come from across the street, some from across the bay and some from across the globe. Overall, five countries are represented.
Visiting Newfoundland was not a prerequisite for being included. The exhibition is as much about the distance between the idea of something and the thing itself as it is specifically about Newfoundland. In context of The House Museum however, which is always exploring how culture and tourism interact, this question is pointed directly at the island.
Once the work was installed, I began to think that there were a couple of other questions worth asking....like, what hasn't been included? And what would a Newfoundlander be scared to see included? Not sure that I could base an entire exhibition on those two questions but I think they are worth considering while in the space.
The show is open on weekends through August 30th.
Many thanks to all who submitted work!
Finn Allen, Amy Bay, Joy Burt, Sasha Chavchavadze, Shannon Coyle, Anne Dinan, Janis Evans, Roy Evans, Ashley Hemmings, Paula Lalala, Robyn Love, Conan Masterson, Eva Melas, Blake Mills, Carol Mitchell, Hye Ryung Na, Sonya Schoenberger, Melinda Stickney-Gibson, Colette Urban and Fran Willing.