Nostalgiacore art exhibition opens at BU gallery

A dog walks down an alley with lines representing the various stimulants it senses
Kevin deForest, Walks With Hanako (Ultraman Gamma 1) Medium: watercolour on paper Date: 2023 Dimensions: 19 x 27 inches (Photo by Doug Derksen)

On Thursday, Jan. 18 at 5 p.m., the first Fine Arts faculty show will open at Brandon University’s Glen P. Sutherland Gallery of Art, featuring new exciting works by Professors Lisa Wood, Kevin McKenzie, Lin Xu and Kevin Eichi deForest, curated by their newest faculty member, Dr. Stacey Koosel.

Nostalgiacore is a contemporary art exhibition that features paintings, ceramic sculptures, photography, drawings, sound installations and immersive installations by the professors who make up the faculty of the IshKaabatens Waasa Gaa Inaabateg Department of Visual Art at BU. The theme of the exhibition is a play on an aesthetic movement in popular culture that finds nostalgia and longing in everyday spaces and liminal places. The exhibition explores the concept of nostalgia in a variety of iterations and mediums, from personal relationships to the past, to longings for places, spaces, and people that no longer exist.

A small figure stands on top of a pillow
Lin Xu, Pillow Series – Vestiges
Ceramics, recycled glazes, and found materials, 2023

As Brandon University art historian and exhibition curator Dr. Koosel explains, “I am so excited to get a chance to work with my colleagues who are all talented artists, and I couldn’t help but notice they collectively had similar patterns and themes in their newest works for this exhibition, despite their completely different mediums and backgrounds as artists. And one of those themes was a connection to other times, places and people, which made me feel nostalgic.”

“One of those themes was a connection to other times, places and people, which made me feel nostalgic.”

Dr. Stacey Koosel, exhibition curator
Drawing of three superimposed women, each with hands at their mouths and with plates of food in front of them.
Lisa Wood, Hand to Mouth: Ayumi Goto, Claire Tallarico, Shawna Dempsey, Oil paint and coloured pencil on drafting film, 36X30”, 2021

The exhibition will open with a public event, with food and drink, and the artists in attendance to celebrate the first exhibition of the new year at the Glen P. Sutherland Gallery of Art, located on at 2021 Victoria Ave., on the BU campus. The exhibition will be open to the public from Thursday to Saturday from 1 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., and will run from Thursday, Jan. 18 to Saturday, Feb. 17.

For more information about the exhibition please contact curator Stacey Koosel at

The face of an Indigenous man, with a voice bubble saying, "I'm no-good at being Noble just ... Deadly"
Kevin McKenzie, Just Deadly, 2023
Acrylic on canvas 32”x38”


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