Temporal Landscapes

 

The Young Welcome Centre, Evergreen Brick Works

May 24 – June 21

The artworks for this exhibit are inspired by the unique presence of deep time in the landscape of the former Don Valley Brick Work’s site. Based on the knowledge that the Earth warms and cools over hundreds of thousands of years, these works explore how a changing climate affects our sense of place.

In terms of artistic process, the series explores the roles that arise when reproduction and the immediacy of the hand are brought in direct concert with each other. These works on paper are made with the use of an HP Z5200 large format printer. The base images are digitally manipulated before being printed with archival inks on 100% cotton acid free papers, and treated with varnish before mixed media is applied.

In our current age, science dominates perspectives and insights, and science-based technology is the prevailing lens through which we communicate and articulate our world. As a visual artist, I feel compelled to examine how more primitive activities like drawing and painting apply in our time, and to explore the meaningful relationships to be found between realms. I see photography, digital information and programs, the printer and the print-out, as opportunities for mediation. For me, the immediacy of the hand offers a unique expressive presence and painting on print is a quest to reach results that cannot be achieved any other way. It is an ongoing effort to create a meaningful dialogue between worlds.

Special thanks to HP Canada for their kind and generous support, and to geologists Nick Eyles and Ed Freeman for sharing their profound insights, inspiration, and valuable time.

 

 

Interglacial Presence Over Non-conformity 
42″ x 33″
mixed media on arches velin print – 2012

The base image for this work is a photo of the Don Valley Brick Works quarry with north slope, circa 1910.

Between the oldest layer in the quarry (the bedrock of Toronto) and the layers of the infamous North Slope, there is over 400 million years of geology missing from the site. In scientific terminology, this missing information is referred to as a non-conformity. I believe that what is not present defines place as much as what is; a silent absence that is a poetic recognition of place-based reality. The non-conformity in this work is expressed as a black pulse with the infamous interglacial period (uniquely preserved in the North Slope) accentuated as a red pulse, nestled between cool rhythms that strive to remember glacial happenings.

 

 

Interglacial Presence Under Silver Sky 
36″ x 38″
mixed media on arches velin print – 2012

The base image for this work is a photo of the Don Valley Brick Works quarry with north slope, circa 1910.

The base image for this work is the earliest known photo that survives of the Don Valley Brick Works quarry, circa 1890’s



Interglacial Presence Under Gold Sky 
30″ x 24″
mixed media on arches velin print – 2012

The base image for this work is a photo of the Don Valley Brick Works quarry with north slope, circa 1910.

The cave paintings in Lascaux, France, are 32,000 years old. The interglacial layer preserved in the north slope is 60,000 years older than that. I believe that to connect to the north slope is to be in touch with that “earthly” part of ourselves, as momentary occupiers of a place in the unimaginable expanse of time.




The Making Room> 
30″ x 24″
arches velin print – 2012

The base image for this work is a photo of the Don Valley Brick Works – Building 14, 2006

In 2006, I was on a site tour with the Don Valley Brick Works foreman of over 30 years. We walked into Building 14, which today is Belong Café. The burly foreman told us that the brick workers use to call this space “the making room” because it housed the wire cut press that cut the clay into bricks. With a hole in the roof casting light into the otherwise dark and dusty room, his emotional memories took on a tangible quality


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