Material Tells | Oakville Galleries

When 23 Jun 2019 - 8 Sep 2019
Where Oakville Galleries - Gairloch Gardens
1306 Lakeshore Road East
Oakville L6J 2Z4
Enquiry 905.844.4402

Taking the politics of making as its point of departure, this group exhibition explores the cultural meanings that emerge from the materials artists use. Each of the eleven artists on view brings to the fore often-overlooked narratives, reconstituting and revising images, objects and histories through their unique material engagement.

Several artists engage social and political narratives that lie embedded within everyday provisions, such as sugar, textiles, flowers, and clay. Others use materials such as resin, steel, bronze, and wax to share intimate stories, whether about domesticity, family history, migration, or belonging. Read together, each of the works in Material Tells suggests a fluid and nuanced understanding of how histories and their subjects come to be, reflecting on the processes by which cultural narratives are pieced together, broken apart and otherwise reconfigured in the hands of artists.

Participating artists include Alvaro Barrington, Kevin Beasley, Shannon Bool, Beverly Buchanan, Jesse Chun, Marie-Michelle Deschamps, Azza El Siddique, Ja’Tovia Gary, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Iris Häussler, and Kapwani Kiwanga. Curated by Daisy Desrosiers.

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