Friday January 17, 2014 - 7pm to 9pm
Panel Discussion with Earl Miller & artists
Saturday January 18, 2014 - 12am to 12:30pm
Curated by Earl Miller
Marlene Creates, Don Gill, Vera Greenwood, Barbara Lounder, Lisa Myers, Gwen MacGregor, and Samuel Rowlett.
Opening Reception: Friday, January 17, 7 – 9 pm
With performance by artists Don Gill and Lisa Myers
Panel Discussion: Saturday, January 18, 11 am
Artist-In-Residence: Don Gill
Artists’ Walks considers why artists’ walking projects have grown from the discrete practices of a handful of isolated artists to become popular enough to be called a genre. The artists in Artists’ Walks draw attention to the contemporary cultural imperatives that motivate artists to explore wayfinding and walking.
One way that art walking has gained a wider audience is by incorporating a range of artistic media that do not merely document. Accordingly, Artists’ Walks enhances the everyday act of walking with photography, video, animation, performance, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, and GPS technology.
Artists’ Walks illustrates how the peaceful, pastoral practice of walking still fits comfortably in the information age by, for one thing, reflecting artists’ nomadism in today’s globalized culture.
Curator Michael Auping notes how the seminal walking artist Hamish Fulton’s work, like the art in this exhibition, “does not infer a retreat to nature from our present condition, but rather a concerted attempt to come to a meaningful understanding of one’s life on this planet.”
Earl Miller is an independent curator and art writer based in Toronto. He has curated exhibitions across Canada in public galleries and institutions and internationally in São Paulo and New York. His essays have appeared in books including The Communism of Forms and Gordon Monahan: Seeing Sound. In addition, he has contributed to numerous visual arts periodicals including Art in America, Canadian Art and Flash Art.