Tim Whiten – Elemental: Earthen at the Art Gallery of Peterborough

Tim Whiten, Vessel, Vessel, Mortar & Pestle (detail), 1999-2000. Cast iron, 46 x 44 x 28.5 inches. Courtesy of Tim Whiten and Olga Korper Gallery. Photo Credit: Artin Aryai.

Tim Whiten
Elemental: Earthen

Curated by Chiedza Pasipanodya
January 21 – May 21, 2023

The iron that makes our blood red was made in the final moments before a star died. For all of us, then, our very lifeblood began with a spectacular death in a solar system. – Ziya Tong, The Reality Bubble

Tim Whiten’s prolific and dynamic creative practice reflects a life devoted to an inquiry into metaphysics, the nature of consciousness, alchemy and the human condition. This solo exhibition features a selection of early to recent work alongside several antiquities generously loaned from the McMaster Museum of Art and explores Whiten’s ongoing engagements with the fundamental composition of the universe and who/what we are as human beings.

Elemental is part of an expanded, multi-venue retrospective and collaborative publication of Tim Whiten’s career developed between the Art Gallery of Peterborough, Art Gallery of York University, Robert McLaughlin Gallery, and McMaster Museum of Art from 2022 to 2023. This series of curated exhibition projects are thematically united by the classical elements of air, water, earth, and fire – referencing Whiten’s interest in alchemical practices. Elemental: Earthen is the third of four exhibitions and focuses on the element of earth and its associations with home, sustenance, power, transformation and alchemy.

Earthen is derived from the name of our planetary home, the ground we tread and are fed from, and the material, earthenware, of which early humans made their first vessels. Whiten’s drawings and sculptural work reflect an energy of permanence and infinity through their materiality. Pre-Cambrian shield stone, cast iron and sandblasted glass, are juxtaposed with materials that emit a softness and fragility, including coffee-stained hospital sheets, pillows, a dried snake – that is both known and felt. As human we are here only for a short while corporeally, and so the included antiquities from 8-100 BCE present an expanded timeline from which to understand the cyclical nature of healing, renewal and transformation of forms which Whiten has engaged with thematically though his cultural objects.

The Art Gallery of Peterborough gratefully acknowledges the support of the Ontario Arts Council

Join the Art Gallery of Peterborough for an Opening Reception for Tim Whiten Elemental: Earthen on Saturday, January 21 from 2:00 – 4:00 pm

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