▲ GROUP EXHIBITION @ BEC PROJECT SPACE (TORONTO)
ECOLOGIES OF LANDSCAPE
Curated by Mark A. Cheetham
Opening: November 10 · 2018 ⁄ 6 – 9pm
Exhibition: November 10 · 201 – January 26 · 2019
Barbara Edwards Contemporary is pleased to present our inaugural exhibition for BEC Project Space at 315 King Street West. Ecologies of Landscape gathers work by nine highly accomplished artists from Canada and abroad to re-imagine our perceptual, aesthetic, and ethical relationship with our home planet. In diverse media and from a variety of cultural and geographical perspectives these artists ponder what our connections to the Earth might be in this time of widespread concern about climate change. Especially in Canada, landscape painting has been the dominant way to approach and appreciate what we construe as ‘nature’ as well as our own identities. With increasing urgency since the 1960s, however, artists world wide have grappled with the inadequacies of the landscape genre amidst concerns over land stewardship and the environmental degradation of our shared planet. Works in this exhibition reconceive land and landscape as presented and experienced in art.
Ecologies of Landscape challenges us to reconsider what art and artists can contribute to the ecological future of the earth, what ‘being terrestrial’ means for each of us. British European artist Tacita Dean photographs the stunning oddities of Madagascan Baobab trees. Bonnie Devine’s Radiation and Radiance drawings and Canoe: to the North Shore narrate the discovery of uranium near Elliot Lake in the Algoma region of northern Ontario and its impact on the Anishinaabe Ojibwa of the Serpent River First Nation, to which she belongs. Documenting a rock on an Icelandic glacier from all sides, Olafur Eliasson’s photo series The small glacier surfer sets the long game of geological change against the time it takes for a human being to move around an object. Isabelle Hayeur disrupts the seductive beauty of conventional underwater photography with a troubling image of Spirogyra – a plant that thrives on pollutants left by humans – photographed in Québec’s Eastern Townships. Reflecting on the horrors of missing and murdered Indigenous women Shelly Niro’s photographs recall landscape photography in a familiar role, that of nature as a refuge from a violent human world. James Nizam employs the magic of the camera obscura to create two still images focusing our gaze on that most fundamental diurnal phenomenon, the rising and setting of the sun. Reinhard Reitzenstein’s meticulous ‘text’ drawings of trees intone a profound reverence for these arboreal beings. British artist Simon Starling’s digital video and stills titled Project for a Rift Valley Crossing – set in the Dead Sea area of the Middle East – hypnotically involve us in the material and conceptual dimensions of our interactions with land and water. Paul Walde’s video Tom Thomson Centennial Swim returns to a regional obsession about landscape art and the land, commemorating Thomson’s mysterious death on Canoe Lake in 1917.
Ecologies of Landscape is curated by Mark A. Cheetham, University of Toronto. His book Landscape into Eco Art: Articulations of Nature Since the 60’s was published in 2018. Neda Omidvar, Director at Barbara Edwards Contemporary, is the Assistant Curator.
BEC Project Space
315 King St. West, 2nd Floor
Toronto, ON M5V 1J5
▲ GROUP EXHIBITION @ ELIZABETH LEECH GALLERY (PORTLAND)
DIVERSE VOICES FROM VANCOUVER
Curated by Rachel Rosenfield Lafo
Opening: July 19 · 2018 ⁄ 6 – 8pm
Exhibition: July 19 – September 1 · 2018
MARK DE LONG
Elizabeth Leach Gallery presents Diverse Voices, an exhibition of work by seven mid-career artists from Vancouver, British Columbia. On July 19th the gallery will host a panel discussion (5 pm) followed by an opening reception (6 – 8 pm).
The artists included in the exhibition have process-oriented, intensive practices that infuse elements of technical experimentation. Each artist’s work demonstrates a unique resonance with materiality, whether experimenting with the physicality of paint or clay or conceptualizing about how to create light forms as three-dimensional objects in space.
Diyan Achjadi, Brendan Tang and Howie Tsui combine ancient and contemporary aesthetics in their ceramics, prints, and drawings, and mix historical influences with aspects of popular culture to address themes of cultural hybridity. Jeremy Hof, Angela Teng, and Mark De Long experiment with the physical properties of materials, subverting expectations of how these materials are traditionally seen. James Nizam studies the material and spatial qualities of light, rendering it into sculptural geometric forms.
Elizabeth Leech Gallery
417 NW 9th
Portland, Oregon 97209
▲ GROUP EXHIBITION @ D MUSEUM (SEOUL)
Opening: May 3 · 2018 ⁄ 6 – 8pm
Exhibition: May 3 – Nov 25 · 2018
D MUSEUM presents Weather, an exhibition elevating our experiences of the weather through photographs, video, sound and installation works, from May 3 to November 25, 2018. The exhibition features the works of 26 international artists, each engaging with climatic phenomena such as sunlight, snow, rain, mist and thunderstorms from her or his own unique perspective.
From the thunder and lightning of Greek mythology to storms of 19th-century British novels and the lyrics of contemporary pop songs, the weather has been an essential driving force in art, culture, philosophy, fashion, design, and all areas of life since ancient times. This exhibition introduces the diverse approaches of artists creating weather-inspired works, ranging from aesthetically distinct photographs to installation works amplifying tactile and auditory sensations. Divided into three chapters – Recognizing the Weather, Talking with the Weather, and Remembering the Weather – the exhibition reads like an essay consisting of a prologue, six stories and an epilogue.
Weather awakens the sensibilities and memories of each audience, in a space filled with special stories of the weather, told by artists with multifaceted perspectives and in different spaces and times. The works in the exhibition invite us to recall internal memories and forgotten sensations of the weather, discovering the value in familiar everyday moments.
Exhibition Catalogue Available
5-6, Dokseodang-RO 29 Gil, yongsan-gu
Seoul, 03044 Korea
▲ GROUP EXHIBITION @ JUSTINA M.BARNICKE GALLERY (TORONTO)
WEIGHT OF LIGHT
Curated by Darryn Doull
Opening: May 2 · 2018 ⁄ 6 – 8pm
Exhibition: May 2 – May 26 · 2018
BAS JAN ADER
ISABEL M. MARTINEZ
Light materializes the invisible and the impossible.
Ideas of light have been grafted upon fertile metaphorical, empirical and alchemical weights for millennia. The spark of illumination in a darkened volume has not only inspired philosophies of vision but also those of scientific research, the imagination, and spiritual transcendence. Increasingly, mediums of illumination can be controlled in degree and in temperature as well as channeled through a widening array of bodily and mechanical apertures.
Our capacity to control light makes it an ideal medium to unlock some of the mysteries of our material world while opening vast new chambers of secrets and virtual geometries. In some instances, flickers of light enable an approach to the unconscious or unlock a latent atheistic spirituality that permeates images of light and the vanitas of its eventual dimming, while at other times, artists unlock expansive spatial dimensions that exist at the edge of the visible world, occasionally broaching wondrous indulgences of mild hallucinations. The exhibition Weight of Light is a site to appreciate how light projects meaning into darkened volumes and to revere a darkness that helps one to see deeply.
This exhibition is produced as part of the requirements for the MVS degree in Curatorial Studies at the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design, University of Toronto.
Justina M. Barnicke Gallery
7 Hart House Circle
▲ GROUP EXHIBITION · ACROSS THE PROVINCE PROGRAM (VARIOUS LOCATIONS)
POETICS OF SPACE
Across Province Program
Kamloops Art Gallery
April 14 – June 30 · 2018
Nanaimo Art Gallery
Oct 25 · 2018 – Jan 5 · 2019
Kelowna Art Gallery
Jan 25 – May 5 · 2019
Much art of the last several centuries has been preoccupied with the creation of space, from the illusionistic space of Renaissance art to the presence of depth that can exist even within pure abstraction. Divided into three sections, this exhibition presents a range of historical and contemporary artworks by more than 30 artists that together communicate some of the countless ways artists have contemplated space – from its optical perceptions, to its emotional impact and finally, to its geographical or topographical limits.
The exhibition begins by evoking the early twentieth century, which saw the replacement of deep illusionistic space in painting with something more fractured and far more suggestive. In Canada, artists such as Emily Carr, B.C. Binning, Maxwell Bates and other West Coast modernists adapted European and British influences to the specificities of British Columbia. Many of their methods of fracturing the picture plane have been re-interpreted by contemporary artists from today’s perspective.
The exhibition takes its title from a book by the same name authored in 1958 by Gaston Bachelard. In The Poetics of Space he writes particularly about the home, where as children we have our first momentous encounters of space. Drawing inspiration from this, the second section of the exhibition introduces elements of intimacy and memory, featuring works about houses and homes that impart their mysteries, histories or, in some cases, the abuses that lie within.
The third and final section of the exhibition features works in which the artists have conceptualized space in non-traditional ways, mapping it according to their own purposes or acknowledging its layered socio-cultural histories. These artists use various methods to map or define space – some through performative actions, others through investigations of social use, and still others through depictions of signs that register spatial borders. In its totality, The Poetics of Space offers myriad ways to consider how we experience, create and contain space, perhaps in order to save ourselves from its infinity.
The Poetics of Space is organized and circulated by the Vancouver Art Gallery and curated by Daina Augaitis, Chief Curator Emerita and Emmy Lee Wall, Assistant Curator, Vancouver Art Gallery. Across the Province is generously supported by the Killy Foundation.