July 25 — August 18, 2018
Curated by Julie René de Cotret
Justina M. Barnicke Gallery
Works in this exhibition consider islands for their ecology, history, changes, memories, personal significance, sounds, stories, encounters…
Islands are circumferentially isolated spaces and places which offer us theoretical platforms by which perspectives can be reassessed. The artworks in the exhibition all generously practice attentiveness, and provide methodologies for thinking, learning, seeing, listening, sharing, connecting, and remembering. Following the principals of rhizomatic propagation, ideas, once insular, can break off to develop, through currents and drifts, into vast webs of associations.
Island[s] aims to offer an ideal context for interpretive potential. The artists carefully contemplate and reconsider these places or systems through creative processes such as drawing, writing, poetry, sound, video, and installation. Creative writings by the curator offer a web of interpretive possibilities, making overtures to the personal interests, memories, and experiences of visitors to add in their own narrative threads.
This exhibition is produced as part of the requirements for the MVS degree in Curatorial Studies at the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design, University of Toronto.