Date - Thursday, April 19, 2018
6:30 pm-8:00 pm
Join us on Thursday, April 19 from 6:30 – 8 pm as Matthew Moore speaks to his current project in the heart of Phoenix, Arizona – The Farm at Los Olivos. Selected by the City of Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department, the project transforms a 4-acre plot within the city’s downtown into a working urban farm, education centre and farm-to-table restaurant with the goal to reconnect residents with the region’s agrarian roots.
This summer, the AGG is pleased to present Fieldwork, an exhibition featuring the work of Arizona-based artist, fourth generation farmer, and food activist Matthew Moore. With a social practice situated at the intersection of art and agriculture, Moore uses photography and film-making, large-scale earthworks, and community engagement to increase consciousness of our relationship to the land and food production.
Moore’s work includes breathtaking projects focused on his family’s farm in the West Valley of Phoenix, including the Rotations series that activates the fields themselves to visualize the suburbanization of the southwest, and Lifecycles that employs time-lapse photography to capture plant cycles from seed to harvest as part of the Digital Farm Collective – an international initiative to document the most fundamental daily process of agriculture, the growth of produce, around the world.
Currently participating in the LAND Studio program facilitated by the Art Gallery of Guelph and Musagetes, Moore will extend his focus on the American southwest to explore urban growth and landscape transformation in this region within the exhibition, working with maps and aerial survey photographs from the University of Guelph Library collection that informed 20th century land use decisions.