Sunday, February 14, 2010

Exhibition 1

Now that the Olympics are in full swing I thought my readers should know there are cultural elements to the games. There is a great site called Screen 2010 that has ongoing online exhibitions by Canadian visual artists. It's a great way to get an overview of artists' work across Canada.

Over the remaining days of the Olympics, I would like to encourage you to participate in a viewing and discussion of the exhibitions at Screen 2010 starting with Exhibition 1 (scroll down to the bottom) Groups bring us together, Groups place us apart, curated by Kate Armstrong. When you launch the exhibition, along the top are buttons for About the exhibition, About the artwork and About the artist. I found the viewing much more meaningful when I used this information.

I'll begin.

Exhibition 1 was easy for my because one of the artists is a favourite of mine - Aganetha Dyck who created The Masked Ball. Dyck is interested in the power of the small and inter species communication. She poses the question... what would happen if honeybees disappeared? Much of her recent work is created by placing objects in beehives and leaving them there for a period of time. It is a kind of collaborative art without the conscious agreement of the bees who are just doing what they do best.

Check out this article in Canadian Art for additional information about her process and a picture of the bees doing their thing. The work referenced here is at The Michael Gibson Gallery. Of course Dyck's work plays nicely against Michael Snow's, Bees Behaving on Blue.

Where do your interests lie in Exhibition 1?

3 comments:

-Don said...

"Masked Ball" is so cool. I stopped and looked at it for the longest time. Those bees are quite talented. I'm so glad Ms. Dyck has given them a coming-out party as artists.

Thanks for sharing this website. I've already jumped ahead a few days in my enthusiasm. I've always been prone to reading ahead...

-Don

Kathy said...

Mowry Baden, "Ever Pronating" really grabbed me, although I do like several others. Thanks so much for bringing this to our attention, Margaret!

Margaret Ryall said...

Don,
Am I surprised that you jumped ahead? No! I hope you saw some things you liked.

Kathy, I too liked Mowry Baden's Ever Pronating. First I identify with pronate (to turn outward so that the inner edge of the foot bears the weight when standing) but it's the element of near suffocation that makes me look and consider this work. The fact that the beds are pronating is not lost on my either. Obviously someone is bearing the weight in this relationship.