Joshua Creek Heritage Art Centre Oakville, Ontario, Canada
Nov. 2 - 18, 2012 Opening Reception: Sun. Nov. 4, 2012, 2 - 5 pm Address: Joshua Creek Heritage Art Centre, 1086 Burnhamthorpe Road East, Oakville. (1 km East of Trafalgar Road) Hours: Mon. - Sat. 10 am - 5 pm, Sun. 12 - 5 pm. Directions: Click here Bus Tour from Toronto: Click for Info Facebook Invite: Click here Venue Website
Exhibition Description De rerum natura (On The Nature of Things) is a highly eccentric exhibition evoking the collection of a mad 18th century naturalist. All the artwork is dealing with themes of nature, plants and animals. Curator Gareth Bate has observed that environmental work is the most dominant theme in contemporary fibre art. This lush and colourful environment is filled with striking and sometimes bizarre work. The show features the work of 35 artists from Canada, Denmark, United Kingdom and USA. They are working in a huge variety of media. There will be installation, sculpture and 2D work. The title of the exhibition is based on the ancient Roman poem De rerum natura by Lucretius who's rediscovery was a major inspiration for Renaissance artists.
Gareth is setting up the De rerum natura in opposition to Memento mori his other exhibition at The Gallery at Sheridan Institute in Oakville. That exhibition deals with themes of death, mortality and grief. The work is dark and the polar opposite of life filled work of De rerum natura. All the Memento mori artwork engages with techniques or the aesthetic of fibre, but none of the work is actually made of fibre materials. Gareth is exploring the contrast of fibre/life and artificial materials/death.