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News release: August 31, 2022

Exciting new outdoor exhibit featuring Brampton-born, abstract artist Russna Kaur comes to PAMA

Brampton, ON - (Aug. 31, 2022) – Peel Art Gallery, Museum and Archives (PAMA) invites you to visit downtown Brampton this September to see our new outdoor banner exhibit featuring the work of Brampton-raised, Vancouver-based artist Russna Kaur. Russna Kaur: Maze of control and the slightest chaos will be on display at PAMA from September 1, 2022 – January 5, 2023.This project was created in partnership with the Arts, Culture and Creative Industry Development Agency (ACCIDA) and guest curated by Renée van der Avoird who was also raised in Brampton.

Artist Russna Kaur is known for her vibrant, large-scale abstract paintings. Often modular and multi-surfaced, her dizzying fields of colour, texture, and line challenge our expectations of what a painting can be. Kaur pushes the pictorial frame beyond its limits, sometimes extending her paintings to include immersive wall drawings, other times composing works out of multiple panels that can be rearranged according to their location.

In Maze of control and the slightest chaos, a new three-part, site-specific vinyl banner, Kaur revisits her Brampton roots. The city’s rich mixture of identities and cultural expressions cohabiting in a suburban setting serves as inspiration for the artist. Elements of her experience in Brampton are embodied here, culminating in a distinctive visual vocabulary that continues the artist’s profound experimentations with colour. Drawing from her Punjabi community and the complex role colour plays within it, Kaur juxtaposes bold hues to create unexpected perceptual collisions.

For the banners, Kaur is splicing elements from two separate paintings and enlarging them on a monumental scale. Her bright, contrasting colours and meandering lines playfully engage with PAMA’s architecture and surrounding landscape, and offer a captivating visual experience for visitors. This is an exciting moment of homecoming for Kaur, who grew up in Brampton and remains closely tied to her community here. For this project she thought deeply about Brampton’s cultural richness and the impact it has had on her artistic practice. The banners are a response to - and celebration of - that richness. Furthermore, this project, which is a unique collaboration between ACCIDA and PAMA, is an opportunity for Bramptonians to be immersed in the work of a young local artist who is quickly gaining recognition across Canada and in the United States.

Guest Curator Renée van der Avoird

Artist Talk with Russna Kaur

On Saturday, Sept. 17, PAMA welcomes the artist in-person for a free artist talk and a drop-in ‘Go with the Flow’ creative activity inspired by her work. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to meet the artist and get creative! Check out our calendar for all the details.

PAMA is a place to explore and learn about Peel Region’s culture and heritage, as well as use conversation, questions and stories to help make new and fascinating connections to the surrounding community. Throughout the year, PAMA offers a variety of workshops and programs for all ages, families and adults. With so many different programs to choose from, PAMA has something for everyone. Operated by the Region of Peel, PAMA is located at 9 Wellington Street East in Brampton. Visit pama.peelregion.ca to learn more.

About ACCIDA

The Arts, Culture and Creative Industry Development Agency is a unique organization incubating under the City of Brampton focused on growing, celebrating, advocating for and connecting the sector through the provision of a range of programs, services and resources. ACCIDA is a key partner in delivering the City’s ambitious vision for arts, culture and creative industries as articulated in the City’s strategic vision and Culture Master Plan.

Media contact

Erin Fernandes
Marketing Coordinator
Peel Art Gallery, Museum and Archives (PAMA)
Tel: 416-312-3425

The Region of Peel works with residents and partners to create a healthy, safe and connected Community for Life for approximately 1.5 million people and over 175,000 businesses in the cities of Brampton and Mississauga and the Town of Caledon. Peel's services touch the lives of residents every day. For more information about the Region of Peel, explore peelregion.ca and follow us on Twitter @regionofpeel and Instagram @peelregion.ca.