D’Arcy Wilson and Susan Wood at the Owens January 13thPosted: January 11, 2012
Artouteast is back! After a much too long hiatus, what better was to start up with a bang than at the Owens in Sackville, New Brunswick.
Tuck is a multimedia installation by New Brunswick artist D’Arcy Wilson, which explores themes of absence, isolation, and vulnerability in western society’s postcolonial relationship with wildlife. In May 2011 the artist filmed a performance coinciding with a residency at the Banff Centre during which she sang lullabies to the taxidermied animals at the Banff Park Museum National Historic Site. As the artist notes: “This act offers an alternative to the liaison formed between the specimens and their creators (the hunters and taxidermists who prepared them a century ago). Nevertheless, there is perversity in both our actions: the animals were killed for display, and now I propose to sing them to sleep, overlooking their inability to abandon their posts”. The exhibition is accompanied by a brochure by guest-writer Rita McKeough.
Earth Skins: Three Decades of Drawing is a retrospective exhibition which documents the production of Halifax artist Susan Wood, whose practice is devoted primarily to drawing. Her work of the past decade embodies the idea of finitude, reflecting on mortality and loss. A range of graphic techniques, often on textured handmade papers, begins within the frameworks of geography, museology and botanical illustration and broadens into an appreciation of the drawings as metaphors of entropy and death. This exhibition includes the dramatic series Devil’s Purse (1985) and Dress (1989-91), which were inspired by various stages of women’s corporeal experiences. The exhibition has been organized by the Mount St. Vincent University Art Gallery, guest curated by Susan Gibson Garvey.
Both exhibitions run from January 13th until February 26th 2012.
Visit the Owens Art Gallery Website for more information.