Thursday, September 15, 2016

Max Dean's "Still" Exhibition Opening Tonight at in/future, Ontario Place

Still, 2016 © Max Dean / courtesy of Stephen Bulger Gallery
Max Dean: Still

Join us for the opening night of in/future
September 15th, 6-11pm

Ontario Place, West Island
955 Lake Shore Blvd W
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eptember 15 – 25

Still is Governor General Award-winning artist Max Dean's two-part project that responds to Ontario Place's Wilderness Adventure Ride. In both Silo 1 and the ride's fabricated mountain, Dean uses the log ride's remnants - which are familiar Canadian figures such as mannequins of moose, bears, miners, and loggers - to play with the relationship between the real, the symbolic, and the artificial. In Silo 1, photographs the artist created collaboratively with Andrew Savery-Whiteway are shown with reconfigured remnants to create an immersive, dioramic installation.

These scenes, along with those Dean created inside the mountain, imagine the secret lives the mannequins have lived while the site was closed to the public. Still questions the presumed naturalness of these symbolic figures, modelling the sense that each has thoughts and desires that move beyond the place where they have been contained. Dean's critique of nature's constructedness moves throughout the sites, questioning the illusory nature of the Wilderness Adventure Ride's fabricated mountain, and all that it houses.

Co-presented by Art Spin and Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival.

Hours:

Opening Night, Sept 15: 6-11pm
Mon-Thurs: 5-11pm
Fridays and Saturdays: 12-11pm
Sundays: 12-10pm

For more information please visit: www.infuture.ca

Max Dean's artist page: www.bulgergallery.com




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