Mary Anne Barkhouse, Gary Blundell, Brad Copping, and Victoria Ward
Opening Reception: Thursday, May 5th, 7:00PM
Lunch & Look Artist Tour: Friday, May 6th, 1:00PM
All four mid-career artists in this exhibition live in the boreal forest of Ontario, and have responded to the idea of maple syrup making in ways that are not unlike the “boiling down” process.They seem to have evaporated off all superficial nationalistic content and we are left with some surprising yet ‘sweet’ perspectives.
“‘Boiling down the pan’ is at the root of syrup making. It is also the reductive process, akin to evaporation, that these artists use to illuminate what is so evocative about the maple tree and syrup making. Making maple syrup is slow–it takes hours and hours to boil away 40 gallons of sap to be left with one gallon of Syrup. And in that time conversations bloom and ideas–like the idea of inviting artists to respond to the maple syrup making process–are born.
-Excerpt from the curatorial statement by Heather Smith
Image: Gary Blundell, 2020