Angie Quick | Derek Boswell
the moonlight made me do it
Open by appointment through February 19, 2022
Curated by Helen Gregory
Initially inspired by the gift of a deck of Moon Cards – a purported means of harnessing the power of the moon to gain clarity and connect to your intuition and emotional health through self-love and ritual – London, Ontario-based artist Angie Quick discovered that the cards’ intended purpose instead became the catalyst for an investigation into human culpability. When the influence of the moon takes effect, are we fully responsible for our deeds and desires?
Throughout these paintings, Quick combines art historical tropes such as landscape painting, images of hunting dogs and dead rabbits, and frolicking cherubim to create a lexicon of images that are apocalyptic but tempered by an infusion of hope and an otherworldly sweetness. Familiar images are rendered uncanny through the insertion of peculiar elements: babies are adorned with strange hats and ghost costumes; rabbits gather around what appears to be a mound of earth but on second glance is a pair of upturned female buttocks; a deceased cat is transported to heaven by a host of faceless cherubim; and seemingly traditional landscapes are interrupted by gestural marks of pure abstraction. Collectively, they invoke an aura of cosmic strangeness, demanding that we rethink the natural world and open ourselves up to the possibility of new historical and futuristic imaginings.
Angie Quick (she/her) is an artist working in the London Township Treaty territory.
the moonlight made me do it Exhibition Walkthrough
Watch a virtual walkthrough of Angie Quick’s the moonlight made me do it online here.
under the moonlight: psychic watercolours
A performance by Angie Quick
Join us on Thursday, February 17 at 7:00 p.m. EST for a live performance by artist Angie Quick on Zoom. During this event, the artist will prompt attendees to silently hold a desire, wish, hope, or worry in their minds. One by one, participants will be invited to “sit” with the artist as she captures their thoughts through psychic fortune-telling watercolour painting. Attendees will witness as the artist paints in real-time. The resulting fortunes (watercolour paintings) will be made available to each participant to keep after the event.
This event is free and open to the public. Space is limited, registration is required. Click here for more information about participation and Zoom registration.
six feet | between us
Open by appointment through February 19, 2022
Curated by Kevin Andrew Heslop
six feet | between us is a 10-dyad, transdisciplinary dialogue between photographer Derek Boswell and poet Kevin Andrew Heslop on topics of single-use consumption, capitalist ecocide, and the fetishized individualism of the Anthropocene vis-à-vis the COVID-19 pandemic in London, Ontario. Its ten photographs, whose subjects range from the annual airshow to the separation from grandparents and the public disposal of single-use masks, are accompanied by poems sourced from the transcripts of conversations about each photograph. The transdisciplinary nature of the exhibition engages the possibility of communication across divides, a metaphor for earnest, polyvocal discussion of the multiple global crises we continue to face with increasing frequency, counterbalanced with a possible vaccine for the virus of catastrophe, namely tranquil meditation, the dissolution of the individual, and resourceful creativity.
Like candied medicine, Boswell’s photographs visually intrigue the viewer, compelling and catalyzing insight and introspection. The title of the exhibition itself, a meditation on both the enforced distance among participants in a viral society and the distance between our boot soles and the dead, proposes several questions: if the best of Western philosophy and the English language has brought us to a state of environmental catastrophe, of what use are either? From each, what inevitabilities ensue? Will what precipitated this pandemic precipitate another? If we proceed to indulge in the myth of individuality, which is to say a unit of consciousness separable from its environment, and if we continue to promote the myopic supremacy of the individual over that environment, Heslop and Boswell suggest, catastrophe will ensue: favour dialogue, meditation, resourcefulness; go light.
Derek Boswell is a Canadian artist, born in 1995, in London, Ontario. Derek’s work primarily centres around the medium of photography and draws from his wide-ranging explorations of topics such as the Anthropocene, esoteric photographic techniques, and the role of photography’s truthful traditions in a post-truth world. Derek is a graduate of Western University’s Visual Arts program and is currently a teacher-candidate at Althouse College.
Kevin Andrew Heslop is a polydisciplinary doofus from where Deshkan Ziibi antlers unceded treaty through London Township Purchase [sic] territory whose debut poetry collection, the correct fury of your why is a mountain, appeared with Gordon Hill Press in 2021 and whose work as a filmmaker, journalist, playwright, and curator is forthcoming with Museum London (2022), The /temz/ Review (2022), TAP: Centre for Creativity (2022), and Westland Gallery (2023) respectively.
six feet | between us Exhibition Walkthrough
Watch a virtual walkthrough of six feet | between us online here.
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