Curator-Led Exhibition Tour of Heads
Lead by Heads Curator, Sky Glabush
Thursday, May 9 at 12:00p.m.
Image: Katie Lyle, In Other Words, 2018. Oil paint, oil pastel, chalk pastel, pencil, paper. Image courtesy of the artist and Erin Stump Projects.
In an age where images are more ubiquitous than text, where pictures bombard the psyche in a fleeting, buzzing, ephemerally digitized omnipresence, the corporeality of art offers something else. It is viscous, bodily, physical. It holds the trace of the hand and the gesture is preserved and registered like a Paleolithic butterfly trapped forever in amber.
It is easy to fetishize the materiality of painting and sculpture, but here it is held in distinction to the selfie, the photo-shopped, the sterilized, branded commodity of popular media. Heads is an exhibition that revels in the distinctive language of the portrait as a place where the poetic potential of the mind is located centrally in the body, in the gut, in the hand, in the foot.
Heads features works by Stephen Andrews, Sarah Cale, Colin Dorward, Lili Huston-Herterich, Patrick Howlett, Jay Isaac, Harold Klunder, Mack Ludlow, Katie Lyle, Vanessa Maltese, Kim Moodie, Kim Neudorf, Gordon Peterson, Adam Revington, and Janet Werner.
About the curator:
Born in 1970 in Alert Bay, British Columbia, Sky Glabush lives and works in London, Ontario, Canada where he teaches studio art at Western University. He holds a BFA from the University of Saskatchewan and an MFA from the University of Alberta. Recent exhibitions include The Valley of Love at Clint Roenisch Gallery, Toronto, The New Garden at MKG127 in Toronto; The Window is also a Door at Prosjektrom Normanns, Stavanger Norway; What is a Self? at Oakville Galleries, Oakville Ontario; and The Painting Project at Galerie de l'UQUAM, Montreal, Quebec. Glabush's work is in many public collections including the Canada Council Art Bank, Bank of Montreal, Toronto Dominion Bank, Scotiabank, Royal Bank, Ivey Collection, McIntosh Gallery, Museum London, Mackenzie Art Gallery, Mendel Art Gallery, The Canadian Institute for Advanced Research, and The National Gallery of Canada.