Sunday, June 12, 2011

Libby Hague at the AGO

Libby Hague: Sympathetic Connections at the AGO
Loop member Libby Hague's has a new installation at the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) that opened yesterday.  Libby Hague: Sympathetic Connections is on view until September 11 and is part of the AGO’s Toronto Now series of rotating contemporary projects by Toronto artists.

The installation transforms woodblock prints into paper sculptures that connect across the walls, ceiling, and external windows of the AGO’s Young Gallery. Sympathetic Connections combines representational and abstract forms in a room-spanning three-dimensional installation. Colourful sculptural forms crafted from Japanese paper fill the gallery, dangling from walls and cascading down from the ceiling, while a wall-mounted print of a nuclear power plant looms in the periphery, an image inspired in part by the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster in Japan earlier this year.

Libby Hague’s playful, yet foreboding narratives give physical form to fictional worlds that simultaneously mirror and manipulate reality,” says Michelle Jacques, the AGO’s acting curator of Canadian art. “Sympathetic Connections provides a timely exploration of our problematic relationship with the natural environment, invoking universal themes of responsibility and dependency, vulnerability and rescue, and risk and luck.”

To see more of Libby's work, visit her website at