material + time

January 24 - April 15, 2022

Kenderdine Art Gallery

Organized by Cole Thompson

Drawn from the University of Saskatchewan Art Collection, the works in material + time present divergent associations with structural forms, moving away from static events – the blueprint, the cross-section, the flow chart – towards an understanding of structure as an ongoing process of dissolution. Considered against the backdrop of multiple social, historical, cultural, and affective entanglements, structural permanence becomes an improbable aspiration.

material + time explores the implied stability of our structural perceptions by bringing varying registers of time to bear on seemingly inert forms. Here, forms perceived as stable in stasis become malleable in duration: architecture crumbles, technology become obsolete, and systems deteriorate or fail.

Artists in material + time include Vikky Alexander, Ralph Allen, Carl Beam, Jill Crossen-Sargent, Paul de Guzman, Gay Outlaw, Cherie Moses, David Rokeby, Margot Wawra, Elizabeth Willmott and Morgan Wood, with additional material courtesy of the University of Saskatchewan Archives and Special Collections, the City of Saskatoon Archives, and the Star Phoenix Archives.

Additional film screening events to be announced soon.

Vikky Alexander, La Fenetre, Versailles, 1996, Cibachrome on paper, 102 x 152.5 cm. Collection of the University of Saskatchewan. Purchased with the support of the Canada Council for the Arts Acquisition Assistance Program, 1997.

Jill Crossen-Sargent, Untitled, c. 1979, plastic and copper foil on wood, 183.7 x 119.7 cm. Collection of the University of Saskatchewan. Purchase, 1983.


material + time is developed in relation to the overarching ethos of The Structurist journal, founded by Eli Bornstein in 1960 at the University of Saskatchewan. As recipient of the biannual Structurist Prize Award, scholar, curator and filmmaker Márton Orosz will present a new documentary film on the Hungarian artist, theorist and educator György Kepes at Remai Modern in March 2022. During this time, Orosz will also present his research and participate in a symposium hosted at the University of Saskatchewan. material + time exists in conversation with these exciting events.