Different perspectives on display at MJMAG this spring

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The spring exhibits opening at the Moose Jaw Museum and Art Gallery (MJMAG) will challenge viewers to take a deeper look.

Carl Beam, Maureen Newton and Alice Macredie will be the artists to grace the walls of the MJMAG starting Jan. 8. Ross Melanson, a museum spokesperson, discussed each of the exhibits with the Times-Herald.

Carl Beam

"Carl Beam was a printmaker who used mixed media to express his views," said Melanson. "His work focused largely on bringing in images from two different cultural elements and putting them in close proximity to each other.

"Basically, they're prints of images that seem in contradiction to each other," he added.

Melanson said Beam often works in the space of juxtaposition to bring disparate elements together, in order to create an underlying message.

"He presents paradoxes, really," he said. "He makes things more complicated by putting two reduced histories into relationship with one another."

But the work isn't meant to intimidate.

"Images are immediately accessible," said Melanson. "That's the interesting thing about it. On one hand, they're philosophical. On the other, they're just interesting looking." 

Maureen Newton

"In a lot of ways, this is like Carl Beam's work, except these are paintings," said Melanson. "Her images are very interesting."

According to Melanson, Newton often takes items we see in mundane settings and uses them in unusual ways.

"They're extremely funny and quirky, because she takes things we're very familiar with and puts them in strange contexts," he said. "It's stuff that can happen, but seems a little extravagant or exaggerated. In that way, the images are very interesting and — again — very accessible." 

Alice Macredie

Macredie's work focuses on something Moose Javians will be familiar with: the railroad.

"It's an exhibition that was put together by Expo Rail, the Canadian Railway Museum," explained Melanson. "This is work of hers related to her father, who was an engineer, and the artwork he had done.

"It's sort of a dialogue between a daughter and father in the context of art-making," he added.

Melanson said the exhibit would be "entirely appropriate to Moose Jaw" because the railway has made up a "significant part of our history and identity."

"It will really strike at our location and our identity," he said. "And she's from Moose Jaw, as is her father."

Organizations: Times-Herald, Canadian Railway Museum

Geographic location: Moose Jaw

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