OPENING NIGHT: SEPT. 4, 7PM
ON DISPLAY UNTIL SEPT. 26
Although they’ve been sharing a studio space for more than two decades, Aganetha Dyck, Reva Stone and Diana Thorneycroft have never exhibited together. September 4 marks a monumental occasion as these three internationally renowned artists open Bees, Beasts and Binaries.
“We deeply respect each other’s practices and exhibiting together is a wonderful way to celebrate what we feel is a very special relationship,” say the artists of this exhibit.
Bees, Beasts and Binaries, which runs until September 26, brings together the artists’ distinctly different, yet complementary works into a provocative and engaging exhibition. All three artists use materials in unconventional ways, which challenges the viewer's perception of the issues being addressed.
2007 Governor General Award in Visual and Media Arts winner Aganetha Dyck’s interests lie in inter-species communication and the power of small, and how that manifests itself in the world. Her research asks the question regarding the ramifications all living beings would experience should honeybees disappear from earth. In her new body of work, Book Covers, Dyck uses apiary feeder boards, antique hive blankets and her library of bee related books.
2015 Governor General Award in Visual and Media Arts winner Reva Stone is a digital artist whose work explores how technology changes the relationship between our selves and our surroundings. Her latest work, Radiopticon, is the binary component of Bees, Beasts and Binaries, and consists of an early photograph projector that was used to show postcards in the early 1900s. The projector physically reads as a camera/video projector and travels the exhibition space on a robotic platform. Responding to viewers in its proximity, it shows a variety of video clips that critique contemporary, historical tourism, ecotourism, time travel, the economic impact of the globalization of travel, and the historical use of photography as a device that records memory.
Though globally recognized for her photographic work, over the past two years Diana Thorneycroft has mostly been focusing on the production of sculptural objects. Thorneycroft brings the beast to Bees, Beasts and Binaries with new animal sculptures, and photographic works that build on a similar narrative. Just as she did with her altered horses, Thorneycroft strives to create work that reflects the tension one experiences when encountering “otherness”.
Bees, Beasts and Binaries is a celebration of a shared studio space, three friends and new work. It is an important event not to be missed.