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e Practice – Built for ART
Birds, bats, bees. Indicator species signal the deteriorated state of ecosystems, warning us when our environs are in trouble. Three elegiac installations investigate the concept of biological indicators and the suffering of wildlife due to habitat destruction, climate change, and environmental contamination. A rain cloud of bird bones and a chandelier inhabited by crystalline cast-sugar bats float in the gallery space, encircled by a ghostly amphitheatre-like wall mural of the ancient Roman Coliseum hand drawn with liquid honey. A sound installation layering the calls and sounds of these animals pervades the ecological arena. Visitors will be embedded and implicated in the disastrous results of the global incursion of human ‘empire’, as manifested in our ailing ‘indicator’ species.
About the Artists
Indicator is a collaborative project conceived by Jessica Marion Barr with fellow Toronto artists, Gareth Bate and Karen Abel. Sharing interests in ecological issues and unusual materials, they are interrelating three works that resonate concerns about species decline. The approach is intentionally DIY, with the artists transforming a studio space in the basement of one of Toronto’s most vibrant cultural landmarks into a sub-landscape inhabited by site-specific ecological installations.
Gareth Bate Art Projects: Studio S-17 (Lower Level)
401 Richmond Street West, Toronto ON
Exhibition Hours: Thurs to Sat 12-6
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Open Wednesdays by chance or appointment
Augury : Elegy (detail), Jessica Marion Barr (2011)
Header Images L-R:
Augury : Elegy, Jessica Marion Barr (2011)
Hibernaculum, Karen Abel (2012)
Colony Collapse, Gareth Bate (2008)