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Tara Cooper, Roll the Old Chariot. Video still, 2018. Courtesy of the artist.

The Brain is wider than the Sky
Tara Cooper, Hyang Cho, Meg Harder, Žana Kozomora, Amanda Rhodenizer, Aislinn Thomas

Curated by Crystal Mowry

18 July – 23 September 2018
Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery

Opening Reception: Wednesday 18 July, 7:00 pm

The lives of artists – whether they be poets or painters – often make for excellent legends. In the case of the American poet Emily Dickinson (1830-1886), reclusive and non-conformist tendencies allowed the writer to create distance between her own interests and an inquisitive public. Known within her local community as “The Myth,” Dickinson honed her craft on her own terms and largely for her own pleasure, cultivating a unique vision of the human condition that remained hidden until after Dickinson’s death in 1886 and the posthumous publication of her letters and diaries.

The Brain is wider than the Sky draws its inspiration from an Emily Dickinson poem of the same name that invites us to see the human imagination as an instrument of sublime capability. Premiering new work by artists based within Waterloo Region and Wellington County, The Brain is wider than the Sky proposes a shared cerebral space within the architecture of the gallery.

Correspondence is a central theme that is woven through each of the works included in this exhibition. For multidisciplinary artist Tara Cooper, installation is a practice parallel to that of the travelogue. Combining abstraction and fragmented nautical references, Cooper creates an archive of a place one can never truly know. The gap between memory and reality is tested in Žana Kozomora’s suite of new lens-based works, in which the artist returns to her childhood home in Sarajevo and reconsiders its context through a tourist’s perspective. Site and history are similar preoccupations for painter Amanda Rhodenizer. Through the use of figuration and staged interactions in vacation homes, Rhodenizer explores the physical and emotional distance that separates her subjects. For Hyang Cho, a misdelivered letter inspired a new project wherein correspondence and translation are redefined. Drawing inspiration from “fraktur” – a form of illuminated folk art associated with the Mennonite traditions of her youth – Meg Harder proposes an epic narrative set along the banks of an infinite river. Making the awe-inspiring relatable, Aislinn Thomas gathers accounts of a contemporary celestial event that can be understood as a people’s history of the sublime. Seen together, the works in this exhibition offer a glimpse into the distinct worlds that may exist between the ears of other people.

The Brain is wider than the Sky is supported by the Region of Waterloo Arts Fund.

Shary Boyle, Looney Tunes, 2016. Porcelain and terra cotta, 28cm x 20cm x 20cm. Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery Collection. Purchased with the support of the York Wilson Endowment Award, administered by the Canada Council for the Arts, 2017. © Shary Boyle. Photo: John Jones.

Also On View:

Final Girl
Selected Works from the Permanent Collection

Curated by Crystal Mowry

18 July – 23 September 2018

In horror and thriller cinematic culture the trope known as the “final girl” describes the common use of a female character who endures havoc to end up the lone survivor at the end of a film. This selection of works explores endurance as a strength that surfaces in images of or by women that can be found in the Gallery’s Permanent Collection.

Central to this exhibition is a pair of works by two of the most influential contemporary Canadian artists within the KWAG collection: Joyce Wieland and Shary Boyle. Painted by Wieland in 1988, Shawnadithit is a monumental painting of the young Beothuk woman who suffered settler violence and the dispossession of her traditional lands. A fiercely intelligent witness to genocide, Shawnadithit’s writings and drawings provide critical insight into the livelihood that had sustained her people.

Making its KWAG premiere since its acquisition in 2017, Shary Boyle’s Looney Tunes is a type of woodland chimera; a seated figure combining the youthful body of a woman and the cartoonish face of a witch. This figure conflates the opposing roles occupied by women in most conventional fairy tales– the virtuous maiden and the wrathful crone. Looney Tunes might be seen as a parable of the solitary woman, a trope within fairy tales that often signals a risk or a threat. Boyle, however, asserts that while her subject may be marginalized, rendered invisible or incomplete in the minds of others, her existence is an unmistakeable act of vigilance.

Object Lessons: Selections from the Permanent Collection

Curated by Beatriz Asfora

Continues to 19 August 2018

Works from the Permanent Collection selected by Community Curator Beatriz Asfora reflect upon the history of collecting, object histories, and parallel efforts of memory undertaken by contemporary artists.

Free admission to all exhibitions is sponsored by Sun Life Financial.


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