Foreman Art Gallery presents: FAUX NATUREL

2007-07-24, from Member

FAUX NATUREL

a group exhibition


FROM JULY 7TH TO
AUGUST 25TH 2007


OPENING SATURDAY
JULY 7TH 2007
FROM 2:00 TO 5:00


Artists : Alex Da Corte, Emily Vey Duke & Cooper Battersby, Nick Lenker, Annie MacDonell, Allyson Mitchell, Andrea VanderKooij
Guest Curator : Astria Suparak, The Warehouse Gallery, Syracuse University, NY

Faux Naturel showcases work never before exhibited in Québec by emerging North-American artists in Philadelphia, Montréal, Syracuse, and Toronto. This group is young enough to have grown up with an informed sense about the environment, with Earth Day pre-printed on calendars and global warming. These artists explore the territory delineated by the destruction of the natural world with all its attendant themes. Entropy, redemption, apocalypse, the fall from grace, the temptations of commercial culture and the relationship between science and magic all emerge as motifs in this exhibition. Among the works presented are stunning visions of larger-than-life sculpture, tragicomedic video, striking collages and intricate prints. In a contaminated atmosphere, artists in cities pine for the untainted innocence of nature, a more profound understanding of mortality and they envision a stronger species.

In Alex Da Corte’s Damnation Wallpaper, bronze figures freefall into shame, their genitalia covered by censorious primroses. Based loosely on Michelangelo’s paintings on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, Da Corte’s figures being cast from the Garden of Eden tumble upside down, adorned by twenty-six colors and flocked indigo lines. His colossal snake pit in the center of the gallery untitled Thieves, presents sin as enticing, playful, and exquisite with dazzling colors, oversized scale and plush fabrics.

Emily Vey Duke and Cooper Battersby’s video Songs of Praise for the Heart Beyond Cure ends with unexpected scenarios of hope in dire circumstances–specifically imminent death, malicious violence, and consuming addiction. As Sarah Milroy writes for the Globe and Mail, Duke and Battersby’s video is "anything but depressing... [it is founded in] a sense of wonder at the endearing weirdness of life and all the vulnerable, furry little creatures immersed in it (especially us)."

In CloudKill, Nick Lenker has given new life to a cat beyond its nine allotments, by casting its found body into a set of ceramic multiples. Created out of mud and reborn in the flames of a kiln, each eternally sleeping head has been resurrected for a social fear Lenker has slain. The unfortunate death of a stray has given Lenker a fresh, bolder existence. CloudKill is mounted on the wall like a collection of trophies for an underappreciated skill.


Nick Lenker, Cloudkill, (detail), 2006

In Annie MacDonell’s scenes from the Vanity series, MacDonell layered old posters to depict magazine-perfect silhouettes set amongst fantasy gardens. These flawless bodies and blossoming branches will never decay. Yet each piece of paper the artist has incorporated attests corrosion over time, visible in degrees of yellowing and ghostly ink bleed.

Rather than supporting skins from a hunter’s spree, styrofoam taxidermy forms become the seeds for a new breed of animal in Allyson Mitchell’s series of sculptures, in which the individual titles combine the word “sassy” with the animal types (e.g., Sassquirrel, Sassquog). Made of fake fur, found textile and reptilian glass eyes, these hot pink, rare mammals casually display their nipples (rendered as felt flowers by the artist) without the shame or self-consciousness that female humans learn through social conditioning.

Echoing sentiments in Mitchell’s sculpture, Andrea Vander Kooij has created delicate embroidered works reminiscent of botanical drawings. With an eloquent twist the images reveal the skeletal structure of the critters they depict. This simple device adds gravity to the otherwise cheery images of a squirrel nibbling a nut and a perched bird gazing skyward. They are reminders of our inevitable corporeal end. 

  • Astria Suparak, Director of The Warehouse Gallery, Syracuse University, NY, will be presenting a special tour of the exhibition at 2:00 pm.
  • Join us for refreshments inspired by the theme faux naturel, starting at 2:00 pm.

Gallery Hours:
Tuesday to Saturday, from 12 noon to 5:00 pm (and all evenings of presentation at Centennial Theatre)


For more information or to schedule an interview, please contact:
Geneviève Chevalier, Assistant Curator at 819.822.9600 ext. 2279 or gchevali@ubishops.ca

Galerie d’art Foreman
2600 College Street
Sherbrooke


Source:

T- 819.822.9600 ext. 2260
F- 819.822.9703
E- gallery@ubishops.ca
W- www.ubishops.ca/artgallery.htm


 
 

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