45 YEARS OF ART
AND COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

Noel Bullock x Modern Fuel

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Noel explored and combined various mediums, techniques, and materials during a career spanning more than fifty years. His work reflected the dynamism and diversity of the changing environment surrounding him. The images you see in this poster aim to illustrate the diversity of his production and contributions to the art scene in Kingston and Canada.

Gaye Noel Bullock was a very versatile and dynamic artist active in Canada and abroad from 1971 until 2021, when he passed away. He was known for his large outdoor public sculptures and installations- such as First Ship (Kingston, 1984) and Slap Shot (Virginia Beach, USA, 1984)- but explored and combined a vast array of different mediums, techniques, and materials during a career spanning more than fifty years. His work reflected the dynamism and diversity of the changing environment surrounding him which can be seen in the sculptures, installations, paintings, photographs and digital paintings he presented across Canada, the United States, Cuba, Scotland, Wales, Italy, and Grenada- where he created his last artworks. The selection of images you see in this poster aims to illustrate the diversity of his production and contributions to the Kingston and Canadian art scenes. Although he lived and worked in various parts of Canada throughout his life, he had a strong connection to Kingston where he attended the St. Lawrence College- Fine Art Department (1969-1973), and had his first individual and collective shows in 1971 at the Boswells Gallery and the Agnes Etherington Art Centre. In Kingston, he worked on numerous different projects and art-related activities, such as the outdoor sculptures and environmental installations at the St. Lawrence College (1979-1984) and the Waterfront Walkway Committee (1983-1985). It is also in Kingston- the Limestone City- where you will find some of his major contributions to the art community, especially to the Kingston Artists’ Association Inc. (KAAI), known today as the Modern Fuel Artist-Run Centre. He was one of KAAI’s founding members and had a vital role in its creation and organization between 1977 and 1983. He worked on the amalgamation of Another Space Gallery, which opened in November 1977 by artist Lee Kozlik at 191 Princess Street, and the Kingston Artists’ Association Inc. in 1978- a movement that gave Kingston the first dedicated KAAI/Modern Fuel art space for exhibitions. Bullock was also involved in the organization of the Kingston Art Event (1979)*. He presented his works at KAAI/Modern Fuel several times, more recently with the exhibitions Wheeltown (2010) and Mars Landing (2014). His contribution to Modern Fuel is still present, even after his passing. His Family and State, represented by artist Otis Tamasauskas and museum conservator Richard Fuller, donated one of his paintings to be auctioned on October 20th for the Gallery’s benefit during the 45th Anniversary Celebration at the Tett Centre. The artist Jeffrey Childs (1950- 2019) was his close friend and a partner not only in the KAAI/Modern Fuel organization but in the installation of exhibitions such as Form, Tension, Space (White Water Gallery, North Bay, 1982)**.

*See our special poster about the Kingston Art Event TBD.

** See our special poster dedicated do Jeffrey Childs at Camera Kingston.

See the exhibition poster on display at The Grand Theatre September 21 to October 14 2022.

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About the Curator

Gabriel Bevilacqua

Gabriel is an archivist and historian who is responsible for digitalizing the past 45 years of Modern Fuel Archives. In addition to his role as an archivist, Gabriel has curated a series of off-site exhibitions titled, "45 years of Art in Kingston Through the Lens of Modern Fuel Artist-Run Centre," which includes the exhibition above.

He holds a Master of Science degree in History where his research focused on databases and digitization and conservation of performance and conceptual art in Brazilian and Canadian art museums. He is the collection manager of the aarea.co digital art platform and a consultant in cultural heritage digitization and preservation projects. He has been working with cultural heritage collections for the past 20 years. He was an archivist and collection manager in Brazilian art museums such as the Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo and the Instituto Moreira Salles. He served as a board member of the ICOM Brazil National Committee, ICOM International Committee for Documentation (CIDOC), Associação de Arquivistas de São Paulo (São Paulo, Brazil) and the Instituto de Arte Contemporânea (São Paulo, Brazil). He also works as a volunteer and collaborator in cultural heritage projects and organizations such as the Vulnerable Media Lab (Queen's University) and the Museu Afro Brasil’s documentation and reference center (São Paulo, Brazil).