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For 15 years Lightman and O’Callaghan, have been asking the question what is land, and what is our personal relationship to “land” and to “nature.”
A natural environment is something that we are in, we are surrounded by, it is not an object to acquire, it was not caused for our pleasure, it is there. And over the 15 years we have invited 80 artists to ask that same question. And they have come up with many complex, delightful and intriguing answers.

This year we have asked artists Mary Anne Barkhouse, Millie Chen, Eve Egoyan, Gareth Lichty, Alicia Marvan and Warren Quigley to share their answer to the question what is land.

This is a special year for the Tree Museum and curators Lightman and O’Callaghan. Anne is retiring to focus on her own work. And in 2013 EJ is curating on off-site exhibition with Tree Museum Alumni at the Peterborough Art Gallery, Ontario. The Museum will remain open. It is moving into a new phase. And we will keep you up dated as to its ever-changing nature.

We hope to see you on Sunday, September 9th, to help us celebrate a great 15 years---Out in the woods.

Please visit our new web site:
http://www.thetreemuseum.ca/pages/history.php

It is our pleasure to present the following artists this year at The Tree Museum

Mary Anne Barkhouse  is a descendant of a long line of internationally recognized Northwest Coast artists that includes Ellen Neel, Mungo Martin and Charlie James. Working with a variety of materials Barkhouse examines environmental concerns and indigenous culture through the use of animal imagery. A member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Art, Barkhouse' work can be found in the collections of the National Gallery of Canada, Mendel Art Gallery, Mackenzie Art Gallery, Art Bank of the Canada Council for the Arts, UBC Museum of Anthropology, Macdonald Stewart Art Centre, Banff Centre for the Arts and the Department of Indian and Northern Affairs. In addition she has public art installations at Thunder Bay Art Gallery, University of Western Ontario in London, McMichael Canadian Art Collection, Robert McLaughlin Gallery in Oshawa, Macdonald Stewart Art Centre in Guelph and the Millennium Walkway in Peterborough, Ontario.

Millie Chen’s installations, videos, and interventions are intended as sensorial experiences that prod the perceptual and ideological assumptions of the audience. She has shown her work across North and South America, Asia and Europe. Recent art and design residencies have occurred in Beijing and Berlin, with exhibitions of new work shown in Canada, the U.S., and China. Chen’s work is in several public collections and she has produced a number of major permanent public art commissions. Her writing has appeared in publications in the U.K., Canada and the U.S. She is a Professor of Art in the Department of Visual Studies, University at Buffalo, SUNY.

Eve Egoyan is a well know international performing artist working in the field of new music and has collaborated with visual arts on video and performance work, but in a supporting role. The advantage of working at the Tree Museum for Egoyan is that she will have on hand other artists who have an extensive history in creating site-specific works in nature. This is an opportunity for Eve to expand her artistic practice and work in an inter- disciplinary mode.

Gareth Lichty is a visual  artist working with large scale sculptural environments. Fieldmark is a new work commissioned by The Tree Museum and continues with Lichty's tradition of weaving brightly coloured plastic into large sculptures. Using a loom constructed by the artist, fluorescent surveyor tape will be woven into large grids and installed on the property.  The finished works will mark to identify carefully considered points-of-interest for the viewer.

Alicia Marván is an artist, designer and curator dedicated to contemporary and experimental practices. She has been involved in the creation of over 50 projects that include original performance works and interdisciplinary collaborations. Her work has been presented by cultural organizations and academic institutions in Mexico, USA, Canada, Germany and The Netherlands such as FreeDimensional, the Breuninger Foundation, the Goethe Institut, Stroom Den Haag, the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, Movement Research and Sushi Performance and Visual Art, among others. Marván studied dance and performance art and has trained on the field as a visual artist and designer at renowned design and architecture firms. She has taught at the University of the Americas and ITESM in México, San Diego State University in the USA, and directs the Guapamacátaro Center in Art and Ecology in Michoacán, Mexico (www.guapamacataro.org). 

Warren Quigley has exhibited across Canada, the U.S., China, and in France, Brazil, and Japan. His current project Survival Guide & Kit has recently been produced for exhibitions at Wharf, Centre d’art contemporain de Basse-Normandie, France, Western New York Book Arts Collective and the Albright-Knox Art Gallery Bookstore, Buffalo, Contemporary Art Institute of Detroit, and Convenience Gallery, Toronto. He is being commissioned to produce new works for upcoming exhibitions at Artfarms in Buffalo and Toronto Nuit Blanche. Quigley has produced a number of permanent public art commissions, and his work is in private and public collections in Canada, the U.S.A. and Europe. He has taught at Sichuan Fine Arts Institute in Chongqing, China, and is a lecturer in the Department of Visual Studies at the University at Buffalo, SUNY.
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For more information on the artists and a sneak preview of works in progress go to:  http://www.thetreemuseum.ca/pages/ex_year.php?y=2012


Opening 12 noon to 5PM, Sunday September 9th, 2012
Exhibition September 9th to October 30, 2012
Performance Times

Simple Lines of Enquiry by Anne Southam performed by Eve Egoyan
1:30PM and 3:30PM

Performance by
Alicia Marván @ 3:00PM


For Additional information please contact
Anne O'Callaghan: 416-551-2166 or current@attglobal.net


The Tree Museum, 1634 Doe Lake Road/ Muskoka Road 6 Gravenhurst, Ontario P1P 1R3

The Tree Museum's 2012 exhibition is partially funded by, the Toronto Arts Council, Ontario Arts Council, Canada Council for the Arts, and EJ Lightman

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