The MacLaren Art Centre Presents Winter 2021-2022 Exhibitions


Rachel MacFarlane: Broken Images, Where the Sun Beats
December 4, 2021 to March 6, 2022
Curated by Emily McKibbon

Rachel MacFarlane’s Broken Images, Where the Sun Beats presents landscapes of our current moment. From ecological pressure on natural spaces, to the proliferation of computer-generated landscapes in the media that surrounds us, the show reflects the fevered world in which we now find ourselves. Planned before the pandemic but executed within it, the exhibition reflects the fracturing of our experience of the natural world in a time of lockdown. Collectively, the works are uncanny landscapes rendered strange through memory, nostalgia, and the influence of the screen.

Broken Images, Where the Sun Beats takes its title from TS Eliot’s The Waste Land (1922), written partially in response to the Great Influenza Epidemic of 1918-1920. A few lines after this phrase appears, Eliot invites us to “come in under the shadow of this red rock,” a miasmic scene that brings to mind MacFarlane’s paintings of arid and fragmented deserts. Uninterested in creating empirical recordings of space, MacFarlane’s psychologically charged landscapes capture a central tension of our experience of the natural world, and a caution to experience it more fully once we make our way back to it.

Rachel MacFarlane grew up at the edge of the Case Woodlot in Aurora, Ontario and is currently based in New York City.

Emily McKibbon is an award-winning writer and curator of settler descent. She is the former Associate Director/Senior Curator at the MacLaren Art Centre in Barrie, Ontario.

Anchor Point
December 4, 2021 to January 8, 2023

Anchor Point is a yearlong curatorial project. This evolving exhibition series will reveal insights into the MacLaren’s permanent collection and bring a broad range of contemporary voices into dialogue with historical and contemporary art and traditional collecting practices. We will work to open new perspectives and fresh ideas about the changing dynamics of our community. Together we will discover the role the collection can play in navigating our way forward.

Wind Rose
December 4, 2021 to April 17, 2022

Wind Rose is the first exhibition in the Anchor Point series. A wind rose is a tool used to navigate the many directions and intensities of the wind at a particular location on a map. It is not only beautiful, but also useful. It is used to map the way forward within a changing and unpredictable environment.

Watch the exhibition evolve as we consider, select, and debate our choices. Join us to discover the strengths and the weaknesses of the permanent collection as we map our way forward.

Francisco-Fernando Granados: foreward
December 4, 2021 to January 15, 2023

/ˈfɔːwɜːd/: a short introduction at the beginning of a book, usually by a person other than the author (Oxford Learner’s Dictionary)

In dialogue with Anchor Point, foreward is imagined as an extended solo exhibition occupying the in-between spaces of the MacLaren for a year. Francisco-Fernando Granados will use abstraction as a means to open up conversations on place, history, and the way forward for cultural practices in the region. The project consists of site-specific wall drawings, a series of preparatory studies to be entered into the gallery’s collection/archive, and a free takeaway publication for the residents of Barrie.

The wall drawings, imagined as architectural interventions that frame the exhibitions, will be installed over the course of the Winter/Summer/Fall. Throughout the year, the MacLaren’s curatorial team will engage in a dialogue with the local community, shaping the course of the next show and informing the intuitions for foreward.

Francisco-Fernando Granados is a Toronto-based artist and writer. His practice extends from performance and drawing into a range of media that includes site-specific installation, moving image, text, public and participatory projects.


Henry Moore: Elephant Skull
December 4, 2021 to February 6, 2022
Curated by Heather Riley

Henry Moore is known as a sculptor of monumental works, but his contributions to the graphic arts are not to be ignored. Moore’s portfolio Elephant Skull (1969-1970) examines the contrasting qualities of lightness and density in the eponymous skull, gifted to him in 1968 by his friend, the biologist Sir Julian Huxley.

Drawn from the MacLaren’s Permanent Collection, this deluxe edition features thirty-three works as well as five special edition prints that explore the skull and all its complexities. Through delicate and sensitive linework Moore takes the viewer on a journey around and through the elephant’s skull, exploring the enigmatic forms he discovered.

Henry Moore (1898-1986) was a leading British The MacLaren Art Centre holds a near-complete collection of his graphic works, representing all major periods of the artist’s long and esteemed career.

Top (left to right): Rachel MacFarLane, Under the Bayou Canopy, Waiting, Dreaming, 2020, oil on canvas, 121 x 182 cm. Image courtesy of the artist and Nicholas Metiver Gallery. Photo: Jahi Sabater; Joseph Drapell, Hudson’s Bay, 1995, acrylic on canvas, 193 x 183 cm. Collection of the MacLaren Art Centre, gift of Chantal Laberge, 2003. Photo: Andre Beneteau; Francisco-Fernando Granados, letter, 2020, digital drawing. Image courtesy of the artist.
Middle: Henry Moore, Elephant Skull Exhibition Installation Photo.

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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