Photographic works from 1997 to 2001
September 12 to October 27, 2002.
Opening Reception: Thursday September 12, 7p.m. to 10p.m.
The Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art is pleased to present the exhibition Dust, Photographic works from 1997 to 2001, by well-known Toronto artist Eldon Garnet ; a provocative series of poetic narratives organized by Amsterdams Centrum voor Fotografie.
Since the late 1970s Eldon Garnet has become nationally and internationally renowned as a multi-faceted artist working successfully in such diverse media as film, literature, graphic design, sculpture and installation. Several of his large-scale public sculptures have become landmarks in and around the city of Toronto. Although Garnet has received much critical and popular acclaim in all of these media, it is, perhaps, within the medium of photography that his vocabulary and vision stands at its most articulate and powerful.
During the 1990s and to the present date, the subject matter of Garnet’s large-scale photographs strikes to the very essence of the human condition – the spirit, the body, life and death. Several of the earliest of these challenging and often disturbing works were included in Eldon Garnet: the Fallen Body, a mid-career retrospective exhibition organized by the Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography, which toured nationally between 1997 and 2000.
The eight multi-panel works in Dust elaborate even further upon the complex and uncertain relationships between ourselves and our surroundings:
“ Garnet never provides certainty about the state of things…. In his universe everything is in a constant state of flux, always able to transform itself into something different. Instability, uncertainty and danger are essential characteristics…. The result might be amazement, alienation, or even repulsiveness. … With this combination of attraction and repulsion the work becomes almost sublime.”
- from : The Transitional Body by Marcel Feil, curator, Amsterdams Centrum voor
The exhibition Dust runs concurrently with Garnet’s exhibition The Melodious Child at Christopher Cutts Gallery, 21 Morrow Ave., Toronto, from August 24 to October 5. The exhibitions are accompanied by a fully illustrated Compact Disc with text by Marcel Feil.