Exhibition Openings: Morgan Wedderspoon | Liz Menard

Opening Reception: Friday, March 22, 6:00 – 8:00pm
On display until Saturday, April 20, 5:00pm

Morgan Wedderspoon, Continuum, 2013-present, found objects, size variable. Photo courtesy of the artist.

Morgan Wedderspoon
Main Gallery

Superstratum is a survey of the Earth’s surface—a new layer in the making.

In this exhibition, Morgan Wedderspoon brings together found objects and borrowed text to inquire into the relationship between the inconsistent human subject and the escalating crisis of anthropogenic global warming. Her works, playfully ethnographic in tone, embrace subjectivity, speculation and free association. Taking cues from a good old dog named after a Greek poet, Wedderspoon follows her whims to pick up all kinds of things found on the ground while walking. What can be gleaned in the aggregate?

With just eleven years to limit global warming, what transformation is possible? Could these residues of our ways of living be reaching out to help avert disaster? What can they teach us about care, rebellion, and what we’re made of?

For more information about Morgan Wedderspoon’s exhibition, please click here.

Liz Menard, Puddling, 2019, photo-etching with hand colouring on Kozo paper, paper size: 4” x 6”. Photo courtesy of the artist.

Liz Menard
Monarchs, Mexico and Milkweed
George Gilmour Members’ Gallery

Monarchs, Mexico and Milkweed are the focus of Liz Menard’s current work in progress. In September 2015, Menard was an Artist in Residence at Playa in Oregon’s high desert. Playa is adjacent to a six-mile lake that dries up each summer. This extreme otherworldly landscape was arid and barren. The dry, cracked lakebed resembled clay. Menard spent her days wandering, collecting, sketching, photographing and creating prints. When she returned to Toronto, she began working in clay. She realized her pots resembled the dried lakebed. Then, the pots became pods – milkweed pods. In February 2016, Menard travelled to Michoacán, Mexico to see monarchs in their winter habitat. While travelling up the rugged mountainside, only a handful of butterflies were spotted. However, at the top, in a protected grove of fir trees – looking amazingly like Algonquin Park –the monarchs rested. It was breathtaking: over 4,000 kilometres from their Ontario birthplace, hundreds of thousands of monarchs were clinging to Oyamel fir tree branches in tight clusters – looking like autumn leaves. As the sun rose and touched each branch, it warmed the butterflies causing them to burst apart in a fluttering mass of colour. It was magical.

For more information about Liz Menard’s exhibition, please click here.

Varied Editions Featured Artist: Brianna Tosswill
Open Studio Member’s Online Gallery

An initiative of Open Studio’s Membership Committee, this online art gallery showcases the work of Open Studio members on a rotating basis. Check out our social media channels for upcoming posts and look out for the hashtag: #VariedEditions #OpenStudio. This month we will be posting work by Brianna Tosswill.

Open Studio gratefully acknowledges the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, the City of Toronto, the Toronto Arts Council and the Ontario Trillium Foundation. Open Studio also acknowledges the generous support of its members and numerous foundations, corporations and individuals.

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