Nearly four decades after the "Open Series lV" was installed at the entrance of the RC Dahl Centre, Saskatchewan artist Douglas Bentham returns.Tablets3"Open Series lV"

This time one of his masterpieces will be featured inside the Art Gallery of Swift Current.

His new collaboration of work is called "The Tablets" that comprises of 32 sculptural works installed in symmetrical rows. 

Director and Curator of the Art Gallary of Swift Current Kim Houghtaling explained the difference between the "Open Series lV" and "The Tablets".

"The outdoor piece is a monumental scale that was dealing with a minimal idea, very much about how the structure moved and what it was implying with its form," Houghtaling said. "His latest work reads very differently, the individual components are smaller, loaded with a different kind of symbolism. It's not just about the physical structure and how it moves, but what you can read within the smaller pieces of the tablets."

He also shared when the residents of the southwest will have a chance to ask Bentham questions about both the "Open Series lV" and "The Tablets".

"We're real pleased that Doug's come and do some public speaking here on February 16, on a Thursday. There will be a reception and a talk, we will also be offering some public tours. During that time Doug will not only talk about his recent work "The Tablets", but also will be able to give us a little history and tell us a little more about our monument piece," he said Thursday evening.

The "Open Series lV" monument was crafted in 1977. With funds from the Saskatchewan Arts Board, the Art Gallery of Swift Current purchased the monument and it was installed in 1978.

"The Tablets" artwork will be on exhibit from January 7th to February 26, 2017. 





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