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"Pool: Works By Twenty Artists"
2001-08-03 until 2001-09-16
York Quay Centre
Toronto, ON, CA Canada

Twenty Canadian artists embrace water as image, as idea and as a source of renewable metaphor in an exhibition entitled POOL at York Quay Centre, August 3 to September 16, 2001. Curated by Carla Garnet, this compelling exhibition features photographs, paintings, drawings, sculpture, installations and time-based work. Pool will be presented in York Quay Gallery and the adjacent grounds, with additional installations in the Natrel Pond and on the Toronto Islands.

In her curatorial statement, Garnet writes, Pool will act as an aperture for the poetics of art, elucidating the fluid and tenuous relationship that exists between humanity and nature. Pool references literature as a repository of liquid metaphors that illuminate our dreams and fears, the desire for meaning, justice, community, solitude and the pursuit of beauty.

The exhibition argues that water also plays a prominent and recurrent role in contemporary art practice as in business and politics. This is not surprising given the essential place of water in life itself at once mutable and sublime, sustaining and destructive.

Conceptually, the exhibition plays with several possible ways of picturing water as a quiet lake or the deep art of a stream where the water runs very slowly, as an underground accumulation, a whirlpool, a bath or swimming pool.

The exhibition endeavours to explore water as an organizing principle by assembling many points of view, offering a collection of beautiful contemporary artworks that allows for an engaged summer viewing experience by the lake. Participating artists are Rhonda Abrams, Michael Belmore, James Carl, Denise Cooper, Michael Davey, John Dickson, Sydney Drum , Janieta Eyre, Eldon Garnet, Angela Grossmann, Katharine Harvey, Delwyn Higgens, Robert Houle, Ruth Kaplan, Douglas Kirton, James Lahey, Nina Levitt, Sue Lloyd, Warren Quigley and Ben Smit.

IMAGE:
Angela Grossmann
Son of Man, 1999,
oil and parchment


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