Union Gallery opens the Fall 2021 season with the collaborative exhibition Whale Fall by Nicholas Crombach and Nurielle Stern.
Through their shared entanglements with ceramic and sculptural objects, Crombach and Stern present an immersive tableau inspired by humanity's fascination with the natural world. At the heart of Whale Fall, a toppling structure rests on the floor, made of piled furniture stripped of upholstery, and carved into skeletal forms. The exhibition’s title gestures towards the natural process and occurrence of a whale fall. That is, when a deceased whale sinks to the abyssal plain, its body, or whale fall, provides a concentrated and complex localized ecosystem that supplies sustenance to deep-sea organisms for decades. The exhibition includes porcelain sculptures that nod to Baroque still-life paintings, fabricated x-rays and cyanotypes on silk that reference 16th century fake and frankensteined natural history specimens, and a collection of found and fabricated objects. In essence, the gallery becomes an immersive lab experience, where we are invited to explore the artists' curiosities, question the sculptural objects' origins and deeply consider our complex relationships to the natural world. The artists will be providing an Artist Talk on September 15, 6pm–7:30pm. This is a free and virtual program, sign up to attend: uniongallery.queensu.ca
Nicholas Crombach (BFA 2012, OCAD University, Toronto) is an artist working in Kingston, ON. Crombach has been awarded the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Award. His recent solo exhibitions include Behind Elegantly Carved Wooden Doors (Art Mûr Montreal in 2017) and The End Of The Chase (New Art Projects, London, in 2018, Art Mûr Berlin in 2018, and Art Mûr Montréal in 2019). In 2021, Crombach completed Horse and Cart, a public artwork commissioned by the City of Kingston for Victoria Park.
Nurielle Stern (MFA 2014, Alfred University, NY) is a Toronto-based sculpture and installation artist. Her most recent exhibition, Fable, is a large-scale installation commissioned by the Gardiner Museum. Stern is the 2019 recipient of the Winifred Shantz Award for Ceramic Art, and a 2020 recipient of the NCECA Emerging Artist Award. Her work is in the collections of the Gardiner Museum (Toronto, ON), the Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery (Waterloo, ON), and the Schein Joseph International Museum of Ceramic Art (Alfred, NY).
About Union Gallery
Union Gallery (UG) is student-centred public contemporary art gallery at Queen's University. UG is a space centred in community and conversation, driven by play, curiosity, curation and research creation. We are the primary public gallery at Queen's dedicated to showcasing the range and excellence of students' artistic and curatorial practices. UG also supports local, regional and national professional artists to foster a diverse network of artistic production, presentation and interpretation. UG is committed to supporting creative growth through merging technical and critical understandings of the arts, as well as a deeper understanding of how art can reflect the most important issues of our time. We are located on the first floor of Stauffer Library on Queen's main campus. All are welcome and admission is always free.
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