18 September – 14 May 2022

Oakville Galleries in Gairloch Gardens & at Centennial Square

“Two Truths and a Lie" is an icebreaker game that involves stating three possible propositions about oneself: two that are true and one that is false. Through deception, deduction, and disclosure, the players become better acquainted with one another.

The works included in Two Truths and a Lie speak to the complex interactions within the pursuit of truth—personal, visual, or social. Exploring these processes as ways of knowing, the exhibition highlights the different ways in which narratives come into being. The exhibition builds on the conceit of the game, featuring artists who are concerned with self-presentation, narratology, and language.

Through diverse techniques and mediums, these artists participate in the confessional as much as they slip into the hidden and fictional. Within these layers of thought, the artists also probe at assumptions and broaden the limits of understanding, guiding us towards more expansive ways of seeing and being in relation.

Two Truths and a Lie is drawn primarily from the permanent collection of Oakville Galleries.



Participating artists

Stephen Andrews, Valérie Blass, Colin Campbell, Stan Denniston, General Idea, Spring Hurlbut, Donna James, Micah Lexier, Tanya Lukin Linklater, Liz Magor, Olia Mishchenko, Louise Noguchi, Sojourner Truth Parsons, David Rokeby, Lisa Steele, Derek Sullivan, Erdem Taşdelen, and Jin-me Yoon.


We look forward to welcoming you back, in person, to visit the Galleries. We have a number of protocols in place to ensure the health and well-being of our visitors and staff.

At this time, the Town of Oakville requires anyone 12 years of age or older to provide proof of identification and proof of full COVID-19 vaccination before entering or accessing any indoor culture facilities. Visitors to the Oakville Galleries must also pass a COVID-19 screening, wear a mask and continue to follow physical distancing rules.

Visitors are encouraged to book timed tickets in advance to help limit the number of people in the Galleries and allow for physical distancing. Before entering the Galleries, visitors must complete a health screening questionnaire. Masks are required for all visitors and staff under the Halton Regional Council by-law. Our high-touch surfaces are cleaned throughout the day and exhibition resources will be available through QR codes for mobile viewing.

Opening Hours

in Gairloch Gardens

Tuesday to Saturday: 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm

at Centennial Square

Tuesday to Saturday: 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm

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Oakville Galleries is excited to offer a free art workshop where we learn to make our own zines! In conjunction with Two Truths and a Lie, come join us on Zoom as we learn about how art can explore self-expression, stories, real or fictional, and most importantly, creativity!

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Join us over Zoom for a free virtual exhibition tour led by Oakville Galleries' Assistant Curator, Theresa Wang.

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Artist Talk

28 October 2021

Artists Donna James and Jin-me Yoon, whose works are featured in our fall exhibition, both focus on the relationship between quotidian, individual histories and dominant discourses about identity. Join Yoon and James in conversation as they unpack their works in the exhibition and discuss the ways in which image-making devices can tackle complex topics of memory, place, and history.

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Get smart about art with hands-on workshops at your local art museum! Lessons put a kid-friendly twist on our current exhibitions, offering an inspiring starting point to build an impressive portfolio of artworks.

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Expanding on the themes in Two Truths and a Lie, poet and translator Fan Wu hosts a free, one-day creative writing workshop rethinking deceit beyond its traditional contexts of betrayal and bad intention.

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29 July – 6 September 2021 Centennial Square Billboard

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