Artist: Lee Goreas
Date: December 3 to 19, 1992
Artist's Lecture: December 4, at noon
Canadiana was an exhibition of Lee Goreas' recent large-scale oil and latex paintings on plywood. They examined our relationship to Canadian culture and the way in which we are subjected to dominant external cultural hierarchies and beliefs. In examining the cliches, stereotypes and prepackaged meanings of our culture, Goreas included contradictions and satire commenting on the political decisions that affect education, economics and media, which deny growth to Canadian cultural identity. At the same time, Canadian suggested "an alternative to cultural identity based on the imagination, the secular, the personal, the regional and the mythical.