Curator’s Tour: Corinna Ghaznavi
Thursday, August 9, 2012, 6-7pm
A program of Douglas Walker: Other Worlds
Douglas Walker has always paid homage to multiple visual traditions, including historical fine art illustration and the graphic production strategies found in ‘outsider art’ and tattoo culture. All of the works in this exhibition simulate crackled 18th century Delft Blue ceramic glazing—which itself quotes the Chinese porcelain that was highly valued by colonial Dutch traders. Using a resist technique of Walker’s invention, images emerge from multiple, simultaneous applications of water and oil-based materials that often yield unexpected textural results. The crackled patterns in the interior ‘spaces’ of many of these depictions call to mind cellular structures and micro-organic matter; rendered together they form transparent, x-ray-like images of animals, structures, figures and ethereal landscapes.
Corinna Ghaznavi is an independent curator and freelance writer. Since 1997 she has curated exhibitions across Canada and in the Netherlands. Her writing has been published in Canadian and European art magazines as well as in numerous exhibition catalogues. In 2011 Ghaznavi completed her PhD, which focused on the question of the animal in contemporary art. Ghaznavi lives and works in Grey County, Ontario.
Douglas Walker was born in Brockville, Ontario. He graduated with an Honours Diploma from the Ontario College of Art in 1981. He presently lives and works in Toronto. Walker has exhibited at ICA in London, UK, the Dia Foundation in New York, the Art Gallery of Ontario, The Power Plant, and the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, each in Toronto.
Justina M. Barnicke Gallery
Title Image: Installation view of Douglas Walker: Other Worlds, 2012. Image credit: Toni Hafkenscheid.
Page Image: Installation view of Douglas Walker: Other Worlds, 2012. Image credit: Toni Hafkenscheid.