Late afternoon light detail. If you are thinking of visiting, Monday and
Friday we are open to 6 and the light between 5 and 6 pulls out forms
in a gorgeous way. You can also see Yael Brotman's work as it fragments
the light and spills it around the room and inside her sculpture.
At the Historic Zion Schoolhouse I was drawn to the modularity and the
restless building and rebuilding of possibilities personified for me by
the very Froebel - like world of building blocks and tinker toys from
my childhood. They possess an irresistible possibility of building coherent
complexity through repetition and accumulation.
My work develops the theme of interconnection through a network of cords
that links discrete elements, provides structural integrity and connects
objects metaphorically into a larger world. I am very sympathetic to this
aspect of Froebel's philosophy. His lessons often began when a box containing
smaller related objects was put in front of a child. Opening the box was
an elegant demonstration of the relationship of the parts to a larger
whole and rather wonderfully, the first lesson about freedom within structure
began before the first lesson.
The desks presented a practical plinth opportunity that could suggest
how everything we become is grounded in our childhood and our education.
While I have tried to "build better" by building towards greater
height and complexity, I retain a fondness for the now slightly abject
initial prototype on the first desk because it still has the charge of
would like to thank my fellow collective artists Yael Brotman, Matthew
Brower and Penelope Stewart who have made this project such a pleasurable
learning experience. Thanks as well to Panya Clark Espinal, Dorie Billich
for her patience, the Toronto Arts Council for creating this wonderful
opportunity and Philip Anisman for his continued support and affection.
more photos to be posted soon but meanwhile follow
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