Wednesday, October 17, 2012

OAKVILLE EXHIBITIONS: 2012 World of Threads Festival

Hello all! In the coming weeks, I will be participating in two separate exhibitions as a part of the World of Threads Festival taking place in Oakville and Toronto. The second exhibition entitled De Rerum Natura (On the Nature of Things) is at the Joshua Creek Heritage Arts Centre in Oakville, with an opening reception on Sunday, Nov 4th. The show will run from Nov. 2nd - 18th, 2012. If you would like to check it out, but do not have access to a car, there will be an Art Bus Tour that takes you from Toronto to Oakville. Please be sure to book your seat on the bus as soon as possible, as spaces are filling up fast! Enjoy! 

Oakville: Nov. 2 - 18, 2012

The Festival has been 3 years in the making and will highlight the work of nearly 200 artists from 12 countries and 8 Canadian provinces. There are 11 curators. We will be exhibiting diverse wall and sculptural pieces and installations in a wide variety of fibre media. We are very excited about the scope, content and quality of the work that will be shown. The Festival is organized by dedicated volunteers Dawne Rudman (Festival Chair & Curator) and Gareth Bate (Festival Curator). Artwork is coming from Austria, Australia, Canada, Denmark, England, France, Germany, Ireland, Peru, Spain, UK and the USA.

The Festival is based in Oakville, Ontario where there are 11 shows. For the first time we’ve expanded into Toronto with 10 shows. Oakville is the site of our 3 Major Festival Exhibitions: De Rerum natura (On The Nature of Things), Memento mori and Quiet Zone. If you don't drive, join us on our Art Bus Tour from Toronto to Oakville. Please note the Toronto Festival opens one week after Oakville. All exhibition dates, times and opening receptions vary. The flagship shows of the Festival are the Common Thread International exhibitions. Multiple curators have created exciting shows based on their own unique interests. We also have Independent Exhibitions who have joined onto the Festival. Use our online Exhibition Pages, Events Calendars, Directions and Maps to plan your visit. 

 De rerum natura (On The Nature of Things) is a highly eccentric exhibition evoking the collection of a mad 18th century naturalist. All the artwork is dealing with themes of nature, plants and animals. Curator Gareth Bate has observed that environmental work is the most dominant theme in contemporary fibre art. This lush and colourful environment is filled with striking and sometimes bizarre work. The show features the work of 35 artists from Canada, Denmark, United Kingdom and USA. They are working in a huge variety of media. There will be installation, sculpture and 2D work. The title of the exhibition is based on the ancient Roman poem De rerum natura by Lucretius who's rediscovery was a major inspiration for Renaissance artists. Gareth is setting up the De rerum natura  in opposition to Memento mori  his other exhibition at The Gallery at Sheridan Institute in Oakville. That exhibition deals with themes of death, mortality and grief. The work is dark and the polar opposite of life filled work of De rerum natura. All the Memento mori artwork engages with techniques or the aesthetic of fibre, but none of the work is actually made of fibre materials. Gareth is exploring the contrast of fibre/life and artificial materials/death.
Download the 2012 Festival Exhibition Brochure.

Curator: Canada, Ontario, Toronto: Gareth Bate.



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