May 4 to August 20, 2017
Opening Reception: May 4, 2017 at 7 pm
Bringing together historical and contemporary work from the Art Gallery of Guelph’s collection, Landmade explores the diverse ways the land has mediated the relationship of art and place. From early acquisitions including the work of Tom Thomson and Lawren Harris to later works such as those of Pudlo Pudlat and Kenneth Lochhead, and more contemporary perspectives including Sara Angelucci, Michael Belmore and Monica Tap, the exhibition traces a wider shift in concern from reflection to intervention—from landscape to land use—and a context where there is as much at stake outside the field of art as within it. Highlighting differing “lands” manifest in Canadian art and the deeply social dimensions of this representation, Landmade examines how artistic expression plays a vital role in the making of landscapes as well as in our understanding of them.
Curated by Shauna McCabe and organized by the Art Gallery of Guelph with the support of the Ontario Arts Council and Canada Council for the Arts.
image: Lawren Harris, Morning Light, Lake Superior, oil on canvas, 87.6 x 101.6 cm. Gift of Frieda Helen Fraser, in memory of her friend Dr. Edith Bickerton Williams, OVC ’41, 1988.