Sunday, November 11, 2012
Continuum at World of Threads Festival
The times: 8:30 - 4:30 Mon-Friday, 10 am - 5 pm Saturday
The place: Oakville, Ontario (thirty minutes west of Toronto)
The venue: Oakville Town Hall, 1225 Trafalgar Road, (North of QEW)
Monika's piece is an example of how this venue challenged the exhibitors to rethink the presentation of their work. The exhibition first showed in June 2012, in the gallery space of Middlesex University, London, England. In England, Monika was able to hang her vessels so that the threads and layers of time were evident. She installed them over an old suitcase full of family memorabilia but because of the very public nature of the town hall, her work needed to be encased within plinths.
Another challenge in the Canadian venue was the colour of the brick walls.
In the June exhibit, Denise was able to install her smaller embroidery as a table cloth, but for security reasons in the Canadian venue, this was not possible. Denise and her husband Mark came over from England for the installation and opening as did Monika with her husband Joachim and Viki with her sister Helen.
"Using hand-worked pattern darning as a language and social metaphor, the work embeds meaning into the grid of linen cloth. The embroidery in lustrous silk transforms and adds an absent voice to the matt linen, like writing across a page."
Val responded well to the restraints of the wooden display cabinet and the plinths available at the town hall venue in Oakville. In England, the work was not behind glass and showed well against white walls. Val travelled to Canada and installed the work herself.
In England, Marilyn had five of these sculptures displayed on life size stands. For the Canadian exhibition, she made two distilled sculptures and suspended them within plinths. In Marilyn's case especially, the challenges put forth in regard to bringing her work to Canada, and then placing it within confined space, helped the artist to refine and come closer to the essence of her intent.
Marilyn and her husband Vince also came to Toronto for the installation and opening, afterwards going on to New York.
"This work is a narrative that references the relationship between constriction and release. The sculptures are a visual metaphor for female empowerment."
Caroline had perspex boxes made for her gloves so that they would be able to be well presented in this brick walled venue. In England she had six pairs unframed - here she has distilled her work and refined the presentation.
Lesley's work in the Oakville venue made a radical shift from her installation in the UK. There, she hung the four large lengths of cloth from a square frame so as to form a soft home that one could walk into. Since hanging from the ceiling was not possible in the town hall, Lesley refined her vision and was able to create the idea of domestic space using a minimum of means.
Lesley recently moved from Calgary to Victoria BC. She and Ingrid (scroll down) met in Oakville for the installation and opening of Continuum. They were joined by the other members of Articulation who also travelled from Western Canada to take in the many exhibitions of the World of Threads festival and other art galleries/museums in Toronto.
The scale of Judy's piece (9 feet square) makes installation a problem anywhere. In England, the work was hung from the ceiling on a trapeze. For the Oakville install, her husband built a stand that suspended the work from natural wood within a frame of emptiness. This allowed Judy's work to get away from the dark brick walls and take advantage of the natural light of the atrium windows in the space.
"Life whirls around me, repetitive risking, wide gentle blanket, stitching holds time
My friend the horizon, breathing in, breathing out, rhythmic intensity, simple design."
Place: A perfect landscape, 2012 by Ingrid Lincoln. Silk fabric batik in resin.
Ingrid was faced with two challenges in the Canadian venue. The wooden display cabinet for her three dimensional work and the hard dark brick walls of the town hall for her wall piece. As a result, her installation in Canada is completely different than the one in England, where long nails lifted her wall piece away from a white wall and her cubes of cloth encased in resin were stacked on the floor. Here in Canada, she arranged the hardened fabric on a black cloth backdrop and raised the cubes up to eye level.
"Filled with contradiction, this landscape is warm and cold, isolating and comforting, barren and colourful, city scape and wilderness. One knows it through its atmosphere and experiences it through colour and light. The frozen gesture becomes form. This form holds and confers perfection and order: an order that is not real but illusionary.
Judy Martin acted as the liaison between the World of Threads festival and Continuum, which first showed June 2012, in London, England. This exhibition will travel to Germany in February and Monika Brueckner will be the liaison. . It will be interesting to see how the same work looks in an entirely new space.