The MacLaren Art Centre Presents Fall 2022 Exhibitions

*(s)twerH installation, 2022


October 1, 2022 – January 8, 2023
Opening Reception: October 1, 1:00 – 3:00 pm

An improvisational & generative experiment working with the wind, and embracing unpredictability in artistic practice.

A Composition by Andrew Maize

*(s)twerH is an experimental drawing lab that uses fans, charcoal and aerodynamics to create improvised drawing tools that are animated by the wind. Whether tethered or in free fall, these dynamic kinetic sculptures move in turbulence, leaving a carbon record of their movement in the space.

Working collaboratively through material explorations, the artist and a cast of collaborators will be present in the gallery on a weekly basis, engaging with the apparatus and the public, and allowing the space to shift and change throughout the course of the exhibition.

*(s)twerH is a proto-Indo-European root work, which is a hypothetical language with no direct evidence of existence, but one that is “reconstructed by comparing similarities in languages that are assumed to be related to each other.” *(s)twerH is believed to mean rotate, swirl, twirl or move around: and is at the root of many words including disturb, turbulence, tumult, turmoil, turbine, storm and crowd.

*(s)twerH is also an emergent and improvisational collaborative composition and experimental drawing lab by regional artist Andrew Maize. Maize is an artist, kite-maker and educator. His playful and process-oriented approach to making art considers the relationships between language, technology, and motion as prompts for conversation. *(s)twerH emerged out of an exigency to pivot, and it is in this spirit of unknowability, adaptability and mobility that it continues to plumb.

Panel Discussion – Talking Turbulence: multi-scale chaotic problems with no general solutions
with Lisa Hirmer, Professor Philippe Lavoie and *(s)twerH
December 8, 2022, 7:00 pm

Join us for a conversation with artist Lisa Hirmer, Prof. Philippe Lavoie and *(s)twerH as they discuss the exhibition, working with the wind, and embracing unpredictability in artistic and scientific practice.

Wendt + Dufuax

Wendt + Dufaux

Development: November 21 – 26, 2022 (in exhibition space)
Performance: Saturday, November 26, 2022, 4:43 pm (sunset)

From November 21st – 26th, Wendt + Dufaux will join *(s)twerH in the gallery to create an improvisational performance drawing on their shared interests in apparatuses of the invisible: aerodynamics, technologies, temporality and relationships to labour and the body. Drop-by the gallery during regular hours to encounter this collaboration in progress. The final performance will happen live at 4:43 pm (sunset) on November 26th.

Sarah Wendt + Pascal Dufaux share an art practice that takes form in sculpture, media art, installation and dance. Since 2016, they have developed and presented projects that turn a lens onto the body, space and objects. Their collaborative methodology seeks to imbue their projects with strange forms of temporality and heightened articulations of labour to draw forward an environment that melds science fiction to reality. In their work, moving images meet choreography and sculpture to create a world where motion as material loosens and reframes the value of human energy. Their work has been presented at artist-run centres, art museums and dance festivals in Canada, Belgium and in the UK. They live and work as uninvited guests on the traditional land of the Haudenosaunee, Mohawk and St. Lawrence Iroquoian in Tiohtiá:ke/Mooniyang/Montreal.

Images (left to right): Carl Beam, Columbus Chronos, 1986, acrylic, graphite and photoemulsion on canvas. Purchased with the Canada Council Acquisitions Assistance Grant, 1997. Donna Boyko, Into the Light, 2002, mixed media collage on paper. Gift of the artist, 2003.


October 1 – December 30, 2022
Opening Reception: October 1, 1:00 – 3:00pm

Headway is the final exhibition in the Anchor Point series. After initial efforts to foster community participation were shifted due to COVID-19 limitations, Headway refocuses on the original goal of Anchor Point—to bring the permanent collection into dialogue with our community.

Made by and for our community, Headway is an experimental research project that shifts curatorial boundaries by inviting the public into the collection to decide what they want to see in the gallery! The public was asked to vote for their favourite artworks and to reflect on what they like and why they like it. With over 1,500 votes cast, the community selected 17 works of art that are now on display.

Participants highlighted the diverse and personal ways that they connect with artworks, however, composition, colour, and subject matter stood out as key elements that tend to attract people to one work of art over another. These themes structure the exhibition, but we invite you to continue the conversation in the gallery! Settle the score between artworks where the vote was too close to call or comment on an artwork: tell us what draws you in, what it reminds you of, how it makes you feel, and what it makes you wonder.

Headway describes the forward movement of a ship, the slow and steady momentum as we progress towards a goal. As the Anchor Point project comes to a close, the perspectives shared throughout this exploratory and community-centred exhibition will inform efforts to strengthen connections between the collection and the community moving forward.

About the MacLaren Art Centre

The MacLaren is located on the traditional territory of the Anishinaabek, which include the Odawa, Ojibwe and Pottawatomi Nations, collectively known as the Three Fires Confederacy. The local bands consist of the Chippewa Tri-Council, who are made up of Beausoleil First Nation, Georgina Island First Nation and Rama First Nation. We would also like to acknowledge the Wendat Nation (Huron) who occupied these lands prior to the middle of the 17th century.

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