Tomorrow marks the beginning of The Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba‘s show, Painter Pants.

Allowing that throughout Art History painting has been dominated by the shadow of male painters such as Rembrandt, Van Gogh and Pollock, Painter Pants mischievously asks, “Who wears the pants now (and how are they wearing them)?” Featuring work from young and emerging painters Aaron Paquette, Jason McLean, Jeff Nachtigall, Neil Dyck, Patrick Lundeen, and Roger Crait, this exhibition takes a lighthearted look at masculine identity in contemporary Canadian art. While offering a cursory glimpse at a generation of young men raised on feminism(s), Painter Pants makes no claims as to whether these artworks truly divulge a masculine identity. Rather, by pushing the boundaries of the medium through an exploration of content, colour, and alternative canvases, the artists of Painter Pants hold the door open for viewers to choose for themselves.

For those who are able, I hope you attend! For those who can’t make (myself included), photos will be taken and I’ll post them as soon as I get them. For our friends and family down south, have a great Day of Independence.

(I’m showing the three pieces above in the exhibit)

UPDATE: I wanted to extend my thanks to the wonderful Jenny Western who curated this show and did a great job of it, too! Thanks again, Jenny.