The Work Locates Itself
This exhibition began as a consideration of the dispersion of Canada’s artistic community, questioning the existence of common ways of thinking and making when artists pass like ships in the night. This is the new internationalism and an age-old Canadian tradition. Leaving. But to relocate to unfamiliar territory can be both challenging and productive, and the seven artists brought together here in New York demonstrate a variety of approaches to art-making completed during or after a significant journey. Journeys of mind, body, object, idea and memory. Common threads emerge in spite of geographical gaps. Above all, the work itself communicates a purposeful engagement with one’s surroundings. New places of living and working exist simultaneously with lingering specters of past homes, senses of longing and distance, and spaces between here and there. Is it time to consider the Canadian art scene as a constellation of disparate geographies? Think about the point of origin, the journey, the goal and the final destination. Why did you go where you went? How do you work now that you work where you work? From where does the work originate?
Curated by Robin Cameron and Kari Cwynar
Exhibition: January 18 - February 10, 2011
Opening Reception: Friday, January 20, 5-7pm
310 Dodge Hall, 2960 Broadway (at 116th Street)
Gallery Hours: Mon - Fri, 9am to 5pm
Closed on Saturday and Sunday