Elemental: Earthen

  • Tim Whiten, Vessel, Vessel, Mortar, Pestle (detail), 1999-2000. Cast iron, 46” x 44” x 28.5” inches. Courtesy of Tim Whiten and Olga Korper Gallery. Photo Credit: Artin Aryai.
  • Tim Whiten, Earth Table, 1995, Pre-Cambrian shield granite boulders (detail), photo by Zach Ward
  • Tim Whiten, Vessel, Vessel, Mortar and Pestle, 1999-2000, cast iron. On loan from Olga Korper Gallery. Photo by Zach Ward.
  • Tim Whiten, Vessel, Vessel, Mortar and Pestle, 1999-2000, cast iron. On loan from Olga Korper Gallery. Photo by Zach Ward
  • Tim Whiten, Magical Gestures, Lights and Incantations, 1982, graphite on drawing paper. Photo by Zach Ward
  • Tim Whiten, Ouroboros,1976, Adobe, dried snake, pillow. Gift of the Artist in memory of Tom and Mary E. Whiten. On loan from the Art Gallery of Hamilton. Photo by Zach Ward
  • Installation view of Tim Whiten - Elemental: Earthen. Photo by Zach Ward
  • Tim Whiten, Vessel, Vessel, Mortar, Pestle (detail), 1999-2000. Cast iron, 46” x 44” x 28.5” inches. Courtesy of Tim Whiten and Olga Korper Gallery. Photo Credit: Artin Aryai.
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  • Tim Whiten, Vessel, Vessel, Mortar, Pestle (detail), 1999-2000. Cast iron, 46” x 44” x 28.5” inches. Courtesy of Tim Whiten and Olga Korper Gallery. Photo Credit: Artin Aryai.
  • Tim Whiten, Earth Table, 1995, Pre-Cambrian shield granite boulders (detail), photo by Zach Ward
  • Tim Whiten, Vessel, Vessel, Mortar and Pestle, 1999-2000, cast iron. On loan from Olga Korper Gallery. Photo by Zach Ward.
  • Tim Whiten, Vessel, Vessel, Mortar and Pestle, 1999-2000, cast iron. On loan from Olga Korper Gallery. Photo by Zach Ward
  • Tim Whiten, Magical Gestures, Lights and Incantations, 1982, graphite on drawing paper. Photo by Zach Ward
  • Tim Whiten, Ouroboros,1976, Adobe, dried snake, pillow. Gift of the Artist in memory of Tom and Mary E. Whiten. On loan from the Art Gallery of Hamilton. Photo by Zach Ward
  • Installation view of Tim Whiten - Elemental: Earthen. Photo by Zach Ward
  • Tim Whiten, Vessel, Vessel, Mortar, Pestle (detail), 1999-2000. Cast iron, 46” x 44” x 28.5” inches. Courtesy of Tim Whiten and Olga Korper Gallery. Photo Credit: Artin Aryai.
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Tim Whiten

Curated by Chiedza Pasipanodya

January 21 – May 21, 2023

 

The iron that makes our blood red was made in the final moments before a star died. For all of us, then, our very lifeblood began with a spectacular death in a solar system. ― Ziya Tong, The Reality Bubble

Tim Whiten’s prolific and dynamic creative practice reflects a life devoted to an inquiry into metaphysics, the nature of consciousness, alchemy and the human condition. This solo exhibition features a selection of early to recent work – from the beginning of the 1970s onward – alongside several antiquities generously loaned from the McMaster Museum of Art. Together, these objects create a space to explore Whiten’s ongoing engagements with the fundamental composition of the universe and who/what we are as human beings. Whiten’s use of charged materials is skilled and precise – he frequently works with glass, a precarious medium, highlighting its luminosity and transparency as a key to infinity and divine knowledge. He also employs base materials such as iron and stone, which slowly yet profoundly change form over time simply by interacting with essential elements found on our planet.

Elemental is part of an expanded, multi-venue retrospective and collaborative publication celebrating Tim Whiten’s extensive career, developed in partnership between the Art Gallery of Peterborough, Art Gallery of York University, Robert McLaughlin Gallery, and McMaster Museum of Art from 2022 to 2023. This series of exhibitions is thematically united by the classical elements of air, water, earth, and fire, a reference to Whiten’s interest in alchemical practices. Elemental: Earthen focuses on the element of earth and its associations with home, sustenance, power, transformation and alchemy.

Earthen is derived from the name of our planetary home, the ground we tread and are fed from, and the material, earthenware, of which early humans made their first vessels. Whiten’s drawings and sculptural work reflect an energy of permanence and infinity through their materiality. Pre-Cambrian shield stone, cast iron and sandblasted glass, are juxtaposed with materials that emit a softness and fragility, including coffee-stained hospital sheets, pillows, a dried snake –  that is both known and felt. As humans we are here only for a short while corporeally, and so the included antiquities from 8-100 BCE present an expanded timeline from which to understand the cyclical nature of healing, renewal and transformation of forms which Whiten has engaged with thematically through his cultural objects.

Tim Whiten was born in Inkster, Michigan in 1941. In 1964, he received a B.S. from Central Michigan University, College of Applied Arts and Science, and in 1966 completed his M.F.A. at the University of Oregon, School of Architecture and Allied Arts. After immigrating to Canada in 1968, he taught in the Department of Visual Arts at York University for 39 years. An award-winning educator, he was also Chair of the University’s Department of Visual Arts where he is currently Professor Emeritus. Since 1962, he has had work presented in exhibitions throughout North America and internationally and it is included in numerous private, public, and corporate collections, such as the National Gallery of Canada, the Art Gallery of Ontario, and the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco (both the de Young and the Legion of Honor/ Achenbach Foundation for the Graphic Arts). Based in Toronto, Tim Whiten is represented by Olga Korper Gallery.

Join us for an Opening Reception on January 21, 2023 from 2 pm – 4 pm

 

The Art Gallery of Peterborough gratefully acknowledges the support of the Ontario Arts Council


Elemental: Ethereal at McMaster Museum of Art

Curated by: Pamela Edmonds

February 10, 2022 – May 13, 2022


Elemental: Oceanic at Robert McLaughlin Gallery

Curated by: Leila Timmins

April 9, 2022 – August 28, 2022

The gallery is OPEN Wed - Sun from 11 am - 5 pm. Admission is always FREE!

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