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"Let's Get Lost: The Summer Vacation Show"
2002-07-05 until 2002-08-24
Let's Get Lost is about escapism (It's summer!), but more specifically, it's about the compulsive desire to take flight from reality, to seek temporary oases in artificial worlds, fantasy, hallucination, heightened experience, travel, exoticism, romance, sensory deprivation and intoxication. The theme has been in part influenced by Chet Baker's music, his song and the movie of the same name.
But the exhibition has also been influenced by many artists, both contemporary and historical, for whom the experience of art may be founded in a desire to describe ecstatic moments - moments of heightened experience and awareness - moments that hint at the existence of absolute transcendent freedom. This freedom may be charted either as an inwardly directed journey - a construction entirely of the mind, or of outward journey - into the world as an explorer, adventurer or tourist. The artists in Let's Get Lost engage the idea of escape as both a native desire and as a representative social value. We crave escapes, in all forms, and the art of escape is an aesthetic we may crave for its own sake. We may read escapist literature or enjoy fantasy movies and art for the simple pleasures of the textures, colours and forms. Art is intoxicating. It get's us through the day.
The exhibition will feature work by John Armstrong (Toronto), Karma Clarke-Davis (Toronto), Jason Dunda (Chicago), Dave Dyment (Toronto), Katharine Harvey (Toronto), Alexander Irving (Toronto), Mara Korkola (Toronto), Stacey Lancaster (Brooklyn NY), Dionne McAffee (Toronto), Wendy Morgan (Kitchener), Jan Noestheden (Cambridge), Daniel Olson (Montreal) and Kate Wilson (Toronto).
Man Overboard I, 2001,
oil on board,
36 x 45"