La Galerie du Nouvel-Ontario in Sudbury, Ontario. Sophie LeBlanc, a young curator mentored by Thom Sokoloski, was inspired by her studies of world textiles to examine how ubiquitous textiles are in our everyday life. She invited four artists to participate.
Danielle Gignac constructed a tipi made from trees and old socks gathered from Sudbury and other communities. Danielle recently graduated with a Masters in Architecture from the University of Waterloo. Her piece was entitled 'Walking Home' referring to the homeliness and sheltering quality of the socks on our feet. The weaving of the socks through the structure presents a nod to the paths we travel on our way home. During the exhibition opening children and adults were cozy inside the structure in their sock feet, reading story books.
Greta Grip knitted QR codes. Each of the four codes was knitted from the wool of a particular sheep and actually work to bring up an image of that sheep. Her installation included two videos, one of the sheep in their environment and being sheared, and one of her own hands knitting.
We live a life of instant gratification, with instant results, much like how QR codes are scanned and information is attained. This work relates what you are wearing to what wore it before you, and who or what made it so that you could wear it." G Grip.
Mariana LaFrance showed her first quilt, a traditional tumbling blocks pattern made with plant dyed re-purposed cotton sheets.
Judy Martin's installation consisted of 74 bundles of cloth and thread around 4 little tree branches.
As usual for La GNO, there is a video of the opening statements with an introduction by Danielle Tremblay, the gallery's award winning director. I will mention here that La Galerie du Nouvel Ontario focuses on Franco-Ontario artists and most of the video is in the French language. Daniel Aubin, communication officer for the gallery, provides English translation during the opening. Each artist spoke for a few minutes. If you are interested, Judy Martin speaks about her bundles in the middle of the 23 minute video (11 minutes in).