Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Linda Heffernan at the Robert McLaughlin Gallery

Loop Gallery Member Linda Heffernan is one of three Durham area artists selected by curator Sonya Jones to participate in a show called Transient Nature at the Robert McLaughlin Gallery. The featured artists "explore the idea of impermanence in the transition of youth, in memory and possessions, in the transformation of objects and the land and our existence on Earth."

In the exhibition catalogue (cover image shown above), the curator Sonya Jones begins her essay with this quote from The Buddist Review:

"This existence of ours is as transient as Autumn clouds. To watch the birth and death of beings is like looking at the movements of a dance. A lifetime is a flash of lightning in the sky. Rushing by, like a torrent down a steep mountain."

Jones describes Heffernan's work as dealing with regret, "conferring a more negative undertone to human memory....Her paintings depict either solutions or predictions of how the Earth will potentially remember humanity....Heffernan feels that all will share a common regret: the memory of what was done, what was not done, and what could have been done to prevent climate change." 

Transient Nature continues at The Robert McLaughlin Gallery until August 29, 2010.

The Robert McLaughlin Gallery is located at:
72 Queen Street Civic Centre
Oshawa, Ontario