Current Exhibitions

Mass Wasting: October 22 - November 14, 2020

Bettina Matzkuhn - Thicker than Water

Image: Bettina Matzkuhn. 'Thicker Than Water (detail)', 2019. Hand embroidery, cotton canvas, paint.

October 22 - November 14, 2020
Reception: TBC
Craft Ontario Gallery, 1106 Queen Street West, Toronto

Responding to the current era of rapid and accelerating change to the landscape, ‘Mass Wasting’ explores the impact(s) of environmental destabilization through the lens of craft practice.

Through both direct and indirect human intervention, the form of the Earth is changing. Extractive mining practices and deforestation have immediate and obvious effects, while warming temperatures are causing unprecedented thawing of permafrost. The term ‘mass wasting’ refers to the geomorphic process by which rocks and soil move downhill (eg. rock slides, soil creep and thaw slumps). ‘Mass wasting’ is both cause and effect: the means by which we have arrived on this increasingly unstable ground.

This exhibition aims to address the psychic, social, cultural, and political impact of environmental unpredictability as identified by artists working in diverse craft media. It also considers the ways in which instability can open up fissures of possibility — opportunities for change and innovation.

Artists:

    

Christy Chor
Aleena Derohanian
Reid Ferguson
Daniel Gruetter
Jennifer Lantz
Lindsay MacDonald

 

Bettina Matzkuhn
Charlize-Nhung Nguyen
Emma Piirtoniemi
Meghan Price
Amanda Rataj

 

Craft Ontario exhibitions are supported by the Ontario Arts Council and Toronto Arts Council.

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Christy Chor. Imbalance & Disruption, 2020
Cone 6 stoneware, glazed with mixed media (industrial waste & yarn). 22 x 10.5 x 8"

Aleena Derohanian. Memory Vessels, 2019
Patinated brass, wool, garbage bag, hair. 125 x 65 x 45 mm and 90 x 85 x 70 mm.

Reid Ferguson. Corrosion, 2020
Glass. 16 x 11 x 9"

Daniel Gruetter. Oxidation 01, 2020
Oxidized red oak, vegetable tanned leather, oil-varnish. 22 x 19 x 38”

Jennifer Lantz. Aerial-Urban, 2020
Wool and mixed media wall hanging. 55 x 60"

Lindsay MacDonald. Synodic, 2019-20
Mother of pearl, acrylic, silver, data stick. 20 x 3 x 3"

Charlize-Nhung Nguyen. Oculus Series, 2018-19
Necklaces. Sterling silver, brass, concrete, suede, gold leaf, silk. Dimensions vary.

Emma Piirtoniemi. Rubble Series, 2019-20
Brooch. Recycled acrylic, acrylic cement, recycled glass, pigment, brass, steel. Dimensions vary.

Meghan Price. Igneous, 2018
Woven wool, cotton and waste plastic. 104 x 35"

Amanda Rataj. Rug 02, 2020
Handwoven rug, mixed cotton and polyester. 45 x 27.5"

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