Tom Forrestall: A Car For All Seasons opens tomorrow

Beaverbrook Art GalleryMarch 4, 20150 Comments

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

FREDERICTON (March 4, 2015) – It isn’t every day that a work of art could drive itself to its exhibition site if someone so desired, but artist Tom Forrestall’s Car For All Seasons is capable of that feat. This remarkable work of art on four wheels will be on display beginning tomorrow, March 5, 2015. The public is cordially invited to attend the official reception for this new exhibition at the Beaverbrook Art Gallery later this month on Saturday, March 21 at 2 pm. Media interview opportunities, photos of the work, and other materials are available now—please contact us for more information.

The canvas for this rolling work is the artist’s own 1980 Mercedes-Benz 300 SD, a car that has served and carried the artist for three-and-a-half decades, covering some 230,000 kilometres of Canadian roads, and a car to which the artist had grown attached. Finding himself in 2012 at the proverbial crossroads with respect to the vehicle’s fate, Mary KW O’Regan, a friend of the artist’s, suggested turning it into a work of art. Over coffee, the idea of “A Car For All Seasons” grew, early sketches were made, and the seed of a project was sown.

In early 2014, Mercedes-Benz Canada made the arrangements for work to begin. BASF worked quickly to provide paint for the project and O'Regan’s Mercedes-Benz in Halifax provided a corner of the car showroom as a studio. For the six months while Forrestall meticulously painted the car, the public was invited to watch his progress and in the late summer of 2014, the car was officially unveiled at the dealership.

Dr. Nick Webb, curator of the exhibition, says of the work: “Forrestall has certainly crafted something special.” He further elaborates: “The ordinariness of automobile functions, family memories, the stature of an automotive brand richened further by the patina of time, the reality of the Canadian climate, and the hyper-photographic paint treatment—all these elements combine to tell a series of stories that intertwine; the car becomes a series of metaphors.”

Tim A. Reuss, President and CEO of Mercedes-Benz Canada, stated: “When we were initially approached by Tom Forrestall and Mary O’Regan to discuss the possibility of involving Mercedes-Benz Canada in ‘A Car For All Seasons’ project, we immediately understood the intrinsic benefits of this tremendous opportunity. While A Car For All Seasons is a brilliant work of art depicting the Canadian four seasons on a most unusual canvas, it also tells the compelling story of a mutually caring relationship, spanning more than three decades, between a Mercedes-Benz owner and his beloved car.”

Beaverbrook Art Gallery Director/CEO and Chief Curator Terry Graff commented: “Tom Forrestall is one of Canada’s pre-eminent visual artists, and the Beaverbrook Art Gallery has enjoyed a close and long-standing relationship with him. In fact, this relationship extends back to the Gallery’s inception in 1959, when Sir Max Aitken hired him as assistant curator. At seventy-nine, Tom remains a vital artist, and continues to make work of exceptional quality. The Gallery is especially honoured to organize 'A Car For All Seasons,' and to showcase his most recent, and perhaps most unusual, of creations. We are grateful to Mercedes-Benz Canada for their valued collaboration.”

Tom Forrestall: A Car For All Seasons will be on display at the Beaverbrook Art Gallery from March 5 through April 19, 2015, and is supported by the City of Fredericton, the province of New Brunswick, and Mercedes-Benz Canada. The official exhibition  reception, including an artist tour and talk, will take place on Saturday, March 21st at 2:00 PM. Members enjoy FREE admission to this and other exhibitions; learn about membership benefits at http://beaverbrookartgallery.org/en/support/membership.

About Beaverbrook Art Gallery
The Beaverbrook Art Gallery was founded by Lord Beaverbrook on September 16, 1959. The Gallery is internationally known for its collection of Atlantic Canadian, Canadian, British, and International works of art. The Beaverbrook Art Gallery “enriches life through art”. As the official art gallery of New Brunswick, and one of Canada’s leading art galleries and most important cultural treasures, its mission is to “bring art and community together in a dynamic cultural environment dedicated to the highest standards in acquisitions, exhibitions, programming, education and stewardship.”

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Media Contact: 
Jeremy Elder-Jubelin
Manager of Communications and Visitor Services | Directeur des communications et des services à l’accueil
Galerie d’art Beaverbrook Art Gallery
Tel: (506) 458-2039  
visitorservices@beaverbrookartgallery.org

JoAnne Caza
Director, Communications and Public Relations |  Directrice, Communications et Relations Publiques
Mercedes-Benz Canada
Tel: (416) 847-7550
joanne.caza@mercedes-benz.ca

Beaverbrook Art Gallery
P.O. Box 605, 703 Queen Street
Fredericton, NB, E3E 5A6
Phone: (506) 458-2028
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