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Visual Arts Exhibitions Spring 2009-2

May 9 - June 21, 2009

April Hickox, Gather, 2009. Image courtesy of Artist.

Gather

April Hickox

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Gather is a scanned archive of decaying balloon clusters found on the beaches of Toronto Island presented as a contemporary take on the Cabinet of Curiosities and accompanied by a series of backlit signs on site.

Gather is a scanned archive of decaying balloon clusters found on the beaches of Toronto Island. These tokens are witness to celebrations — social gatherings of families and friends. The clusters and individual balloons marked a symbolic life passage that is now only a memory. Perhaps the original balloons, full of air, are celebrated in some other family photo album. What remains in the landscape are the broken, sand-encrusted balloons, ribbons and other debris — the forgotten detrius of social occasions reborn in the digital world. This work also reflects on the way early botanical specimens and social artifacts were collected and documented. Gather is a contemporary take on the Cabinet of Curiosities.

Part of
13th CONTACT Toronto Photography Festival
May 1 – 31, 2009

CONTACT

Profiles

April Hickox is a photo-based artist, teacher and independent curator who has been practicing for over 30 years. Often taking the form of a narrative, her work is based on ideas of the passage from one experience to another in the life process, encompassing history, memory and communication or voice. Hickox’s work has been exhibited widely and is represented at the Leo Kamen Gallery, Toronto.

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