Tuesday, September 27, 2016

The New York Times Reviews In/Future and Gallery Artist Max Dean's "Still" Exhibition

A corridor leading to an installation at the In/Future festival at Ontario Place.
J. Adam Huggins for The New York Times

"TORONTO — For the first time in five summers, Toronto’s waterfront amusement park is open, overgrown though it may be.

In its glory days, that park, Ontario Place, focused on education, technology and innovation, and ranked among the most popular theme parks in the world, attracting about three million visitors a year in the late 1970s. Since 2012, however, it’s been closed to the public — mothballed, frozen in time — awaiting redevelopment.

Finding the animatronic figures from the old Wilderness Adventure log ride dismembered and strewn around the site, the artist Max Dean reassembled the characters as an installation inside the ride’s artificial mountain. In one tableau, a team of “doctors” attend to a damaged bull moose in what the artist describes as a restaging of Thomas Eakins’s painting The Gross Clinic." - Chris Hampton, Sept 2016

To read the complete article please visit: www.mobile.nytimes.com

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

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