Story and photos by Hillary Di Menna
It’s all in the name, Revealing Spaces.
Robert McLaughlin Gallery’s bi-annual series featuring local born artists made use of the gallery’s space at the last RMG Fridays on July 6. Work from Kate Wilhem, Shaun Downey and Andrea Carvalho was on display. Bands Sports and The Mark Inside provided the musical entertainment for the night.
Durham Region Roller Derby girls had a table set up with league information, fitting as Wilhem’s collection was made of portraits of some of the league’s leading ladies. Wilhem’s collection, Yes These Bones Shall Live, show the players in their home’s surroundings, a mesh of their derby and domestic personas.
Downey had eight paintings on RMG’s walls, including a self-portrait. His paintings of female models showed a lot of femininity. Like Wilhem’s collection, a narrative could be found in these portraits. When Downey addressed the crowd he confirmed this saying, “People can pick up the story… fill in the blanks.”
“Carvalho’s sculptures seem to defy gravity,” is part of the exhibit’s description on the RMG website. Carvalho’s sculptures played with space and encouraged conversation.
Sports, an indie rock band formed in 2007, came from Toronto to play the first set of the evening. The Mark Inside, a rock band originally from Whitby that formed in 2000 were the final band to perform that evening.
RMG Fridays is an event that happens the first Friday of every month at the Robert McLaughlin Gallery on 72 Queen St. Every event is free, family friendly, and a way to fuse the creative vibes of Durham Region into an evening.