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Lisa Hirmer: We Are Weather

Curated by

Shauna McCabe

Studying the forces that shape and transform human relationships with the environment, Lisa Hirmer’s work spans visual art, social practice, and writing. In We Are Weather, she explores how we recognize and represent environmental change at a moment when the Holocene, a geological era of climate stability, gives way to a new epoch, the Anthropocene, in which humans act as a planet-scale force. While we are aware of changing conditions – from mass extinctions to climate change – the unprecedented scale of these changes and their cascading impacts can be difficult to make sense of in the context of daily life. Juxtaposing the outcomes of Hirmer’s creative research with works she has selected from the Art Gallery of Guelph’s permanent collection, this exhibition examines how we move from simply observing to registering these losses and understanding their accumulating effects.

Image detail: Lisa Hirmer, Watching, Dull Edges (the northern hemisphere of a 23°27′ tilt), 2017, photograph, 16 x 24″


Presented with the support of the Ontario Arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts.

About the artist

Lisa Hirmer

Lisa Hirmer is an interdisciplinary artist whose practice spans visual media, social practice, performance, research and occasionally writing. Her work is primarily concerned with collective relationships – that which exists between things rather than simply in them – in communities, publics and other assemblies of people, as well as in our relationships with the more-than-human world. Hirmer has shown her work across Canada and internationally including at Third Space (Saint John), Harbourfront Centre (Toronto), Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery, University of Lethbridge Art Gallery, Doris McCarthy Gallery (Toronto), Art Gallery of Mississauga, Cambridge Galleries, Tasdance (Australia), Peninsula Arts (U.K.), Nuit Blanche (Toronto), CAFKA (Kitchener-Waterloo), Art Gallery of Ontario (Toronto), Flux Factory (USA) and Queens Museum (USA). She is currently based in Guelph.

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