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Glenhyrst Art Gallery of Brant presents:

THE LOOK OF THINGS: Murray Favro & Keith Shearsby

September 30 – November 26, 2017
Opening Gala Reception: Thursday October 5, 7:00pm


“The relation between what we see and what we know is never settled. Each evening we see the sun set. We know that the earth is turning away from it. Yet the knowledge, the explanation, never quite fits the sight.”
― John Berger, Ways of Seeing (1972)

In “The Look of Things,” artists Murray Favro and Keith Shearsby engage with the idea of usefulness, of functionality, and of value. As such, they complicate the curious relationship between art objects and working instruments, between artistic expression and tools. Each sculptural object in the exhibition can be — or once was — used in a purposeful way to manipulate the physical world as we know it, yet in the gallery it exists as an art object — not to be handled, touched, or manipulated. This is precisely where some of the work’s tensions lie with intrigue; though, it does more than that — it also throws uncertainty at the ways in which we perceive and manipulate the tangible world around us, both physically and visually. In short, Favro and Shearsby seek to unhinge the fabrication of art in an age of mass-production, the logic of visual perception, and the dynamics of everyday items.


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Images:
Keith Shearsby, Inline Canoe, pine, oak, aluminum and wire, 52” x 36” x 190”
Murray Favro, Lawn – Mower, wood and metal, 99” x 73” x 5”


Glenhyrst Art Gallery of Brant
20 Ava Road
Brantford, ON
N3T 5G9
519.756.5932
www.glenhyrst.ca
info@glenhyrst.ca

Gallery Hours
Tuesday – Friday: 10am – 5pm
Saturday & Sunday: 11am – 4pm
Closed Mondays

Admission is free or by donation.

Glenhyrst Art Gallery of Brant gratefully acknowledges the support of the City of Brantford, Ontario Arts Council, Ontario Trillium Foundation, Brant Community Foundation and corporations, private citizens and Gallery members.

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