Dalhousie Art Gallery presents Kim Morgan Off-site Installations | Lou Sheppard and William Robinson Exhibition

The Dalhousie Art Gallery will be participating in Nocturne: Art at Night with off-site installations by Kim Morgan and the opening of Lou Sheppard and William Robinson’s exhibition I want to be a seashell / I want to be a mold / I want to be a spirit.


Kim Morgan, Stray Hair, 2021, detail. Photo: Felix Bernier

Kim Morgan will be debuting Stray Hair, the first installation of her ongoing Dust Disruptors project: an open-ended series of performative inflatable objects of varying forms and sizes constructed out of Silpoly fabric printed with enlarged scanning electron microscope (SEM) images. The images are derived from dust and ash samples taken from human bodies and their immediate environment. The Dust Disruptors can both attract and repel, inspiring both playfulness and dread, perhaps offering ways to explore and express conflicting feelings about our personal and collective vulnerability.

Morgan’s installation Blood Portraits will also be on view during Nocturne. Intended to intrigue, provoke wonder, and prompt questions about the meaning, use, and value of a person’s blood, Blood Portraits is a two-part installation that features nine large photographic discs of magnified blood samples donated by specific individuals, and a compelling video that layers the images with sound and text.

Morgan’s installations are curated by Susan Gibson Garvey.

Stray Hair, 2021
Location: grassy median across from the Marion McCain Building, 6135 University Avenue. Hours (weather permitting): Thursday 6-10 PM; Friday 6-10 PM; Saturday 6-11:30 PM

Blood Portraits, 2020
Location: Dalhousie University, Marion McCain Arts and Social Sciences Building, 6135 University Avenue, 1st Floor (on the elevator wall facing the internal quad)

Accessibility: There is a level entrance at the front of the McCain building with automated doors (6135 University Avenue). Accessible parking spaces are located on LeMarchant Street or on University Avenue in front of the Killam Library. There are wide lobby spaces within the interior and an elevator to access multiple levels. Blood Portraits is located on the wall above the elevators on the first floor which can be reached by the elevator in the lobby. Accessible washrooms are also located on the first floor.


Lou Sheppard, Notations for a Lingua Franca (Topography, Tongue, Hydrostatic Pressure), digital print on satin, 36” x 36”, 2021. Image courtesy of the artist.

Lou Sheppard and William Robinson
I want to be a seashell / I want to be a mold / I want to be a spirit

Curated by Wes Johnston and Rebecca Semple

Opening: Saturday 16 October, 6 PM to midnight. The exhibition continues to 28 November 2021.

This exhibition is informed by the Japanese concept of Metabolism, first coined by architectural critic Noboru Kawazoe in his essay the Metabolist Manifesto. Metabolism was referenced in 1971 when the Dalhousie Arts Centre was built by Fowler, Bauld & Mitchell (now FBM Architecture) with the support of consulting architect Junji Mikawa.

Metabolism is a theory grounded in a fusion between post-war megastructures and organic biological growth. What resulted are structures which are both imposing in size and severity, with more natural elements of beauty within their design, perhaps best seen in the undulating forms of the Rebecca Cohn Auditorium.

Lou Sheppard and William Robinson have created a series of works which exemplify the principles of metabolism within the Arts Centre and the ways that this has influenced and shaped the art that is made in it. Reading the building and its history as an extended score, they will consider the idea of culture—as a cultivated artistic experience and as a cultivated microbial organism—as it shapes and is shaped by the building. A collaboration with mushrooms, a choir of breath, the traces of sunlight that move through the building over a year, are notated and performed, echoing fifty years of performance within the building itself. Sitting somewhere between music, dance, and theatre, the performances, and the exhibition draw from the opening lines of Kawazoe’s poetic manifesto – “i want to be a seashell/i want to be a mold/i want to be a spirit.” The performances and the exhibition read the transitional desire of Kawazoe’s poem as an invitation into a liminal, reflexive space where the building itself becomes the performer, and the performer plays the building as a score.

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The Dalhousie Art Gallery is located in the lower level of the Dalhousie Arts Centre. There is a permanent ramp located at the front entrance of the Arts Centre on University Avenue and automatic doors to assist with entry into the building. The lobby is carpeted and there are wide pathways throughout the building. There is an elevator on the main floor with access to all floors in the building including the Art Gallery. There is a gender-neutral, single-occupancy washroom with automatic door and accessible stalls in the women’s and men’s washrooms on the second floor which can be reached via the elevator. There are two accessible parking meters located on Seymour Street by the side entrance of the Arts Centre. The Gallery floors are a smooth, hard surface.

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