BioCurious at the AGW
Art Gallery of Windsor, March 14 - Oct 1, 2023
BioCurious brings together works by eighteen artists whose works explore living materials as their subject matter, and in some cases, their artistic medium. Curated in the context of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and impacts of climate change, the exhibition asks pressing questions about how we have impacted the world we inhabit and how this changing world, marred by our draining of its resources, has shaped our existence. How do we create definitions of culture that include biological culture? In what ways are bodies and objects co-created with nature, during the cycle of life? How can art help us understand how the human body is permeable to, and comprised of, other life forms, and inherently connected to – not detached from – the land? How can contemporary art help us understand the genre of “landscape” more expansively? How might art depict our biological futures? What changes must happen now to heal the land, our bodies, and the places we call home?
Sitting at the intersection of art and science, the works in this exhibition focus on humanity’s relationship to the elements—water, plant life, and the air that we breathe—and how this relationship has morphed through trade and resource extraction. The selected artists, who identify as Canadian and/or Indigenous, intertwine scientific and cultural knowledge to propose different ways of understanding living bodies and the land.
Siku Allooloo, Alana Bartol, Christi Belcourt, Daphne Boyer, Hannah Claus, Nicole Clouston, Becky Comber, Ruth Cuthand, Lisa Hirmer, Charmaine Lurch, Laura Magnusson, Maria Simmons, Kara Springer, Laura St. Pierre, Jennifer Wanner, Amanda White, Jennifer Willet and Xiaojing Yan.
Curated by Jennifer Matotek & Julie Rae Tucker
Western News Article!
Link to PDF
Rooted in the Region: Agriculture and the Arts in Southwestern Ontario
Sunday 18 September 2022, 2-5pm
Blyth Festival Theatre’s Harvest Stage
FREE shuttle bus to and from the event, departing from and returning to Western University
This event is FREE and open to the public. RSVP by 5 September 2022 is required.
CALL FOR PARTICIPANTS: Assembling Recipes for Sustainability
LINK TO SIGN UP
Calling all artists, writers, activists, scholars, organizers, visionaries, and revolutionaries: we invite you to contribute to a collective recipe box project through the mail. Let us inspire each other with our ideas, DIY solutions, creative or speculative imaginings, practical tips, inherited strategies, poetic responses and plans for sustaining our work in (the) art world(s).
Participants are invited to contribute a ‘recipe’ for sustainability – with ‘recipe’ to be interpreted as literally or as creatively as desired. These recipes will be submitted on an index card and the collection of cards will be assembled in a recipe box.
There is no cost to participate, and all participants will be provided with a self-addressed stamped envelope and a card to submit their recipe. In exchange for contribution, participants will receive a copy of the entire collection.
This collective mail art project is curated by the Centre for Sustainable Curating’s inaugural postdoctoral fellows, Drs. Amanda White and Zoë Heyn-Jones. “Assembling Recipes for Sustainability” is a component of “Imagining The Centre For Sustainable Curating,” the CSC’s year-long visioning exercise to imagine, collaborate, and discuss the ways we can take seriously the goal of the Centre to be sustainable in all ways: that is, sustainable in teaching about best ecological practices for exhibition making, sustainable in how we might engage with the world around us, and sustainable in the outcomes built through our efforts. “Imagining The Centre For Sustainable Curating” is supported in part by funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council.
Exhibition: From Remote Stars: Buckminster Fuller, London, and Speculative Futures
March 5 to May 15, 2022
Museum London link
Remote Stars Podcast and Exhibition Website
Public 64: Beyond unsettling
Collaborative work with Brad Isaacs included in this issue of Public Journal, edited by Leah Decter and Carla Tauton.
Link to Issue
“The artworks, conversations and texts in PUBLIC 64: Beyond Unsettling offer innovative perspectives in non-consumptive, collaborative, ethical, and accountable, arts-based approaches to undoing colonial dominance. The issue is 264 pages in length, full-colour, with a wrap-around cover by Afuwa.”
Some Instructions for Folding Perception
S𝘰𝘮𝘦 𝘐𝘯𝘴𝘵𝘳𝘶𝘤𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯𝘴 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘍𝘰𝘭𝘥𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘗𝘦𝘳𝘤𝘦𝘱𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯, written to accompany the exhibition:
𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘬𝘯𝘰𝘵𝘴 𝘰𝘧 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘯𝘦𝘵, Tyler Los-Jones, On now (Nov 19 - Jan 8, 2022) at Norberg Hall Gallery in Calgary, AB. Risograph print was designed with/by Tyler Los Jones and printed by Yolkless press. Copies printed in a variety of colors and available at the gallery, and a plain text version online, on the gallery website: https://norberghall.com/tyler-los-jones-the-knots-of-the-net/
Do Roses Dream of Freedom?
(link to text pdf): Do Roses Dream of Freedom?
An essay to accompany Waard Ward’s floristry project, as part of the exhibition Public Space, Visual Arts Centre of Clarington, 2021. PDF available on The VAC website in English and Arabic. Translation by Talal Baranbo, https://www.vac.ca/waard-ward
“Waard Ward is: Abd Al-Mounim, Hanen Nanaa, Petrina Ng, Laura Ritacca, and Patricia Ritacca. Waard Ward is a collaborative, social practice project that invites newcomers to train as florists and imagine social-entrepreneurial futures. Collectively led by Syrian florist Abd Al-Mounim, community organizer Hanen Nanaa, educator Laurie Ritacca, curator/educator Patricia Ritacca, and artist Petrina Ng, Waard Ward collaborates in floral arrangement, decolonial research, and newcomer community building. Waard Ward's name proposes the idea of a diasporic flower district; "waard" is a romanization of the Arabic word for flower.”
The Botanical Turn
Image: Zachari Logan, "Nel Mezzo Del Cammi Di Nosta Vita (The Gate)" 2018 (detail). Courtesy of the artist and Paul Petro Contemporary Art.
McIntosh Gallery at Western University
September 23 - December 11, 2021Carrie Allison, Paul Chartrand, Joscelyn Gardner, Zachari Logan, Sarah Maloney, Amanda White, and ZOFF
Curated by Helen Gregory
Panel DiscussionCo-presented by McIntosh Gallery & the Art Now! Speakers' Series
October 7, 2021, 7:00 pm EST on Zoom
Presented by BRIDGE Centre for Architecture + Design and Cambridge Art Galleries | Idea Exchange
Reading group on Oct 27th:
SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2021-23
I am thrilled to share that I am a SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow in the new Centre for Sustainable Curating, in the Department of Visual Art at Western University.
Artists Talk, Nipissing University
October 08, 2020
Collaborative work with Brad Isaacs, for a digital project, curated by the Long Walk Collective; Plant Encounters, is online publication hosted by the Long Walk Collective, in the traditional territories of the Tr'ondëk Hwëch'in, also known as Yukon’s Klondike.
A Matter of TasteKoffler Digital - Group Exhibition,
Online: Aug 18-Nov 30
Aug 18 -Nov 30, 2020
Garden Relations: Plants + Humans, Gardens and Community,Web talk on Aug 18 @ 7pm (PT)
Aug 18, 2020
Infinite SilencesA Conversation with Elysia French about some of my recent work recently published in the Summer 2020 Issue #51 of Antennae, The Journal of Nature in Visual Culture: Vegetal Entaglements.
“This issue of Antennae is the first of three instalments entirely dedicated to plants in art and culture.”
See link for open access: http://www.antennae.org.uk/
We Dug Through a Mountain of Gold to Find You
Amanda White & Brad Isaacs
Factory Media Centre, July 1 -31, Hamilton, ON
Screening online and in the Factory Media Centre (FMC) window space as part of the Public Works series.
July 1-31 2020
The Old Woman and the Sea Reading Group at Forest City Callery
Forest City Gallery is facilitating an online Reading Group, which will take place on June 4th, 2020. Registered participants recieved a copy of the book to read and the event will offer a shared online space to collectively discuss the newly edited novel.
Publication Now Available in Paperback:
Why Look at Plants? By Giovannoe Aloi (and including a chapter I wrote about pirate radio, art and plants) is now available in paperback,
You can order it here:
Dandelion Variations: Canning Workshop and Conversation
Amanda White and Rav Singh
August 12, 2019
Studio.89, 1065 Canadian Pl #104, Mississauga, ON
Please register online here.
Beginning with a tasting of dandelion-based preserves and pickles, participants will learn a variety of uses and recipes for this common plant along with an introduction to food preservation. Amanda White will demonstrate the basics of hot water bath canning, using a dandelion jelly recipe that is inspired by her great grandmother’s recipe for dandelion wine, with foraged ingredients. This will be followed by a discussion of sustainable agriculture and urban food security featuring White in dialogue with Rav Singh, Urban Agriculture Coordinator, Ecosource.
As part of the SDUK prgramming at Blackwood Gallery, MIssissauga, For more information about SDUK programs visit workofwind.ca/programs
New Book Project - Call for Contributions:
In collaboration with scholar Elysia French (Post-doctoral Fellow, Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University), we are seeking contributions for an edited anthology: Making Eco(ogical): Locating the Arts in the Environmental Humanities in Canada
“Bringing together diverse perspectives from artists, scholars, activists, curators, theorists, and makers, Making (Eco)Logical will locate artistic practice within the Environmental Humanities and explore the ways in which cultural production informs perceptions, communications, and knowledge of environmental distress in a Canadian context. The book will address what the arts can do; what making can make, and perhaps what it cannot, in the context of current environmental conversations.”
More info: https://makingecological.wordpress.com/
Small Arms Inspection Building /
City of MIssissauga
April 6 - May 5
Curated by: Noa Bronstein
Joi T. Arcand
HaeAhn Paul Kwon Kajander
Dawit L. Petros
“Plant Radio” (P. 198-203) in:
Why Look at Plants?
The Botanical Emergence in Contemporary Art by Giovanni Aloi