There’s More Than One Way

More than one way

Curated by Kegan McFadden, There’s More Than One Way was produced in conjunction with the Twentieth Anniversary of the Centre for Contemporary Canadian Art and the related symposium, The Winnipeg Effect.  The exhibition acted as an overview of collective art practices in Winnipeg. Through a mix of artwork, documentation, and ephemera, this exhibition showed the various approaches to art making beyond the singular artist. Divided into identifiable camps: those who come together to produce a work under a singular entity; those collectives comprised of individual artists to get together to get stuff done; those who banded together, briefly, to make just one piece before going their separate ways; and finally those who just love(d) making work together… There’s More Than One Way cast a wide net with the hopes of pointing to various approaches to the question of collective art making in Winnipeg over the last fifty years.

The Collectives

  • General Idea (AA Bronson, Felix Partz, Jorge Zontal)
  • Mondo Trasho (Suzanne Gillies, Doug Sigurdson, Al Poruchnyk, Jon Tupper)
  • Who Are the 500 (Doug Melnyk, Larry Glawson, Maggie Nagle)
  • Average Good Looks (Sheila Spence, Noreen Stevens)
  • Fish Brides Collective (Jeanne Randolph, Sigrid Dahle, Diana Thorneycroft, Di Brandt)
  • Royal Art Lodge (Michael Dumontier, Marcel Dzama, Hollie Dzama, Neil Farber, Drue Langlois, Myles Langlois, Jonathan Pylypchuk, Adrian Williams)
  • The Abzurbs (Dominique Rey, Cliff Eyland and Tannis Kohut; the group quickly grew to include artists and musicians William Eakin, Ryan Ahoff, Lancelot Coar, Amanda Ing, Vanessa Rigaux, Craig Love, Florian Lassnig)
  • Pinhole Artist Collective (Sarah Crawley, William Eakin, lori fontaine, Beth Johnson, Jen Loewen, Merrell-Ann Phare, Bonnie Tulloch)
  • Places for Peanuts (Toby Gillies, Josh Ruth, Ben Clarkson, Janessa Brunet, Evin Collis, Claire Childs, Scott Leroux, Elise Nadeau, Ted Barker, Steve Basham, Tea Radic)
  • The Ephemerals (Jamie Isaac, Niki Little, Jenny Western)

About the curator: Kegan McFadden’s projects, which take the shape of publications, exhibitions, performances, and artworks, embody a theory of thinking through history. He animates his archival research with an emphasis on the anecdotal, and is particularly interested in locating networks of activity that have gone unacknowledged.


November 5 - December 2, 2016

November 5
1:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Nov. 5, 6:00 pm

Exhibition Tour
Dec. 1, 4:00 pm

The Winnipeg Effect: Should I Stay or Should I Go? Symposium
Centre for Canadian Contemporary Art
November 3 - 5, 2016
at Winnipeg Art Gallery
Program [PDF]