David Thauberger: Road Trips and Other Diversions

2 May 2015 – 30 August 2015

David Thauberger: Road Trips and Other Diversions

May 2 - August 23, 2015

Extended by popular demand, David Thauberger: Road Trips & Other Diversions will be on view until August 30, 2015!

Presented by: Information Services Corporation

Film Screening: Tuesday, April 21, 7:30 pm

Opening Celebration: Friday, May 1,  7:30 pm

Panel Discussion: Saturday, May 2, 2 pm

Regina-based David Thauberger is a nationally known painter, printmaker and ceramist whose practice is characterized by his firm conviction that the local is as important as the global. Drawing on public and private collections across Canada, David Thauberger: Road Trips and Other Diversions presents a dynamic installation examining key themes and working processes, developed throughout Thauberger’s more than 40 years as a maker and thinker.

David Thauberger understands that representing place requires both an insider’s and outsider’s point of view, and a continually scanning vision that moves between the two. Combining a keen eye for popular and prairie idioms with an encyclopedic knowledge of twentieth century art, he demonstrates through his work that Regionalism and Modernism need not be opposed. He is known for his particular approach to painting vernacular architecture, such as legion halls, false-front businesses, churches and houses, as if they were portraits. Indeed, postcards are another influential source of imagery in Thauberger’s oeuvre and his work creates icons of places in much the same way that postcards of tourist destinations do.

A Special feature of the exhibition is a selection of pivotal objects from Thauberger’s own collection, ranging from Chicago Imagism to New York Pop art, from Saskatchewan folk painting to commercial kitsch. These are included as contextual source material and as a demonstration of his creative thought processes and complex understanding of the workings of taste.

This exhibition is the result of a unique collaboration between the Mendel Art Gallery and MacKenzie Art Gallery, who have organized the exhibition along with a documentary film, publication, website, and related programming.

David Thauberger: Road Trips and Other Diversions is organized and circulated by the Mendel Art Gallery and the MacKenzie Art Gallery and presented in Regina by Information Services Corporation. This project has been made possible in part through a contribution from the Museums Assistance Program, Department of Canadian Heritage.

An extensive website for the exhibition can be found at

Media Release for show extension here. 

Image: David Thauberger, Way Out West, 2004, 60.9 x 91.4 cm, acrylic on panel. Private Collection.

David Thauberger: The Vernacular Man by filmmaker Jan Nowina-Zarzycki. Join Jan as he introduces and screens the film he created for the David Thauberger: Road Trips and Other Diversions exhibition.

The Vernacular Man presents a rare, candid portrait of David Thauberger at work in his studio. The film also travels across Saskatchewan with the artist as he re-visits the fading rural architecture that inspired some of his most iconic images. While on this journey he recounts the influences, from the Impressionists to folk artists, that shaped his approach and set him on a never-ending quest to reinterpret memory with images that transcend both place and time.