Thursday, November 3, 2016

Gallery Artists Richard Harrington, Robert Frank, Robert Burley and Donovan Wylie in Group Exhibition at the Canadian Centre for Architecture

Lake Ontario, Toronto #4, 2009 © Robert Burley /
Courtesy of Stephen Bulger Gallery
It’s All Happening So Fast
A Counter-History of the Modern Canadian Environment
November 16, 2016–April 9, 2017

Canadian Centre for Architecture

1920 Rue Baile
Montreal H3H 2S6

On the occasion of Canada’s 150th anniversary in 2017, the CCA presents an exhibition that challenges basic assumptions about the country’s relationship to nature. Curated by CCA Director Mirko Zardini, It’s All Happening So Fast: A Counter-History of the Modern Canadian Environment explores the contradictory relationship between Canada’s idealized wilderness and its simultaneous exploitation of the environment.

The exhibition features works by Douglas Coupland including large sculptures and a series of slogans from which the exhibition title is inspired. It further features historical photographs of idyllic landscapes by William Notman and Alexander Henderson, northern landscapes by Richard Harrington and Robert Frank, 1960s industrial activity by George Hunter, and sites of nuclear production by Sam Tata. Contemporary photographs illustrate active radar stations in Labrador and Nunavut by Donovan Wylie and Margo Pfeiff, areas of nuclear contamination and production by Blake Fitzpatrick and Robert Del Tredici, views of the Great Lakes by Robert Burley, logging operations by Lorraine Gilbert, the 1993 Clayoquot protests by Ian Wallace, and Cornelia Hahn Oberlander’s landscape design in Yellowknife by Etta Gerdes. Also included are projects such as a 1981 solar house by Pierlucio Pellissier and Giovanni De Paoli, the PEI Ark built for the New Alchemy Institute in 1976, proposals by Ralph Erskine and Van Ginkel Associates for settlements in northern Canada, designs by OMA and Bruce Mau Design for Downsview Park in Toronto, variations on normative practices of camping by Lateral Office, Peter von Tiesenhausen’s Lifeline Fence, and Robert Smithson’s Glue Pour.

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