Exhibition Announcement

Markham, Ontario   43°54'28.78"N  79°14'59.11"W, facing South-Southeast, circa May 21, 2004  Tracks of heavy equipment carved into the muddy subsoil on the former James and Adam Clendenen family farms, during its development into a suburban subdivision of roughly 2,500 homes.

Six weeks ago I learned that I had been granted a last minute exhibition opportunity at Harbourfront Centre in Toronto, opening January 23, a little less than 3 weeks from now. Since then I’ve been madly preparing for this show and likely will be working right to the bell, and so have had little time for anything else. (Normally one might have 6 months or more of warning to prepare…).

Entitled “Elegy for  Stolen Land”, my installation is the latest incarnation of a body of work that began photographing in 2000 which documents the rapid and radical changes humans have been making to land in Southern Ontario. My installation is part of an exhibition called Building on History in the Architecture at Harbourfront Centre gallery space that examines the consideration of history in architectural design. In a sense, I suppose my contribution to this enterprise is to act as a foil, showing what happens—as has been the case throughout much of North America during the past 60 years—when history has been utterly ignored.

The Public Opening Reception is Friday January 23, 2009 from 6 – 10 p.m., in and around the York Quay Centre, 235 Queens Quay West , and is part of the giant opening festivities (ten exhibitions in all) at the Admission is Free. And bring your skates!

For more information: http://www.harbourfrontcentre.com/visualarts/yqcwinter09.cfm, http://wordpress.com/tag/harbourfront-centre/

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