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black and white ink painting of a floating house in the centre with a forest in the background

Works by:

Jefferson Campbell-Cooper, Stacey Ho, Michael Snow, and Soft Turns

shorebird on a beach watching waves
close up of a white olive tree with flower buds
washed up branches and plastic waste on a beach


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 principles 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.

Opening Reception

Wednesday, July 25, 2018, 6-8pm
Justina M. Barnicke Gallery

Curatorial Tour

Saturday, July 28th, 2018, 2pm
Justina M. Barnicke Gallery


Wednesdays, between 5-8pm
Saturdays, between Noon-5pm

Our Supporters

We gratefully acknowledge operating support from the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, Toronto Arts Council, with additional project support from TD Insurance, and the University of Guelph School of Environmental Sciences.

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