November 6–December 20, 2014
Opening reception: Thursday, November 6 from 5:00–8:00 pm
Zeke Moores’ sculptures draw inspiration from everyday life. He modifies and manipulates objects in unexpected and surprising ways. Through a nuanced play with material, weight, size and perception Moores invites viewers to assess the values, which govern the aesthetics of mass production and consumer culture. Echoing the constant state of transition in our material culture, the artist reimagines ordinary and mundane objects such as cardboard boxes, wooden crates, milk crates and a moving blanket that are usually discarded and left to join the accruing detritus of disposable goods. Moores reclaims these objects as cultural artifacts of our time and recreates them in bronze and aluminium to highlight their beauty and potential while honouring the labour of factory workers who spend hours on the assembly line. Moores develops each work by hand. Drawing on his extensive knowledge and skills in foundry production and fabrication, these objects signify the dignity and merit if these labour-intensive processes. Curated by Srimoyee Mitra and Bruce Johnson
The exhibition is organized and circulated in partnership with The Art Gallery of Windsor and The Rooms Corporation of Newfoundland and Labrador—Provincial Art Gallery Division, with the support of Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council and the City of Windsor.
Kelly Jazvac’s playful, mostly abstract assemblages are made out of discarded materials reclaimed from the advertising and plastics industry. Her sculptures and wall works propose connections between synthetic materials and larger social, environmental and economic systems.
Jazvac’s current focus is a plastic pollution-focused research group, which includes an interdisciplinary collaboration with geologist Dr. Patricia Corcoran and oceanographer Charles Moore. Their work centers around the discovery and study of a new stone they’ve termedPlastiglomerate, a mix of natural materials—sand, coral, volcanic rock—and melted plastic debris that washes ashore from the ocean. Their findings have been published in GSA Today, and reported by The New York Times, Science Magazine, The Huffington Post, and The Globe and Mail. They consider this research to be evidence of the Anthropocene, a new geological epoch in which human progress has left an indelible mark upon the fossil record.