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Tuesday, August 14, 2007

The Tree Museum 10th Anniversary Exhibition

September 16 to October 30 2007
@ The Tree Museum
Doe Lake Road (Muskoka Road 6)
Muskoka, Ontario

WHAT IS PLACE?

Site-specific installations by MICHAEL BELMORE (Canada) JAFFA LAAM LAM (Hong Kong) WEN-CHIH WANG (Taiwan)
Photographic installation by E.J. LIGHTMAN
Temporary interventions on site by PERSONA VOLARE
Installation by NOEL HARDING
Curator: Anne O'Callaghan

OPENING RECEPTION SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 16, 2007 -12 to 5 p.m.
@ The Tree Museum, Doe Lake Road (east of Gravenhurst)

The 2007 10th Anniversary exhibition reflects the multi-level nature of site-specific installations. The artists in this year's exhibition show the evolution over the past decades of art practice as it relates to art and nature.

From--Tree House a massive built structure in the tree tops by Wen Chih Wang; a google earth inspired miniature building by Lorna Mills; Lisa Neightbour's and John Dickson's Reflections on Nature- a mirror encased, solar lighted outhouse", (that may make you order one for your own back yard); Insulated Pup by Carlo Cesta (a post modern pup-tent !); Noel Harding's Chrip- (a bird-feeder- like no bird feeder you have ever seen) to Jaffa Laam Lam Glass City-- there is a whole lot of building going on in Muskoka. Michael Belmore's metamorphosis of rocks into "soft" sensuous flowing objects, "pop-up" by Lyla Rye a grommet encased, fold filled tarpaulin and Rebecca Diederichs, Trail Hitch are ordinary objects, ground, folded, melded, conceptual transformations. Then there are the urbanities, Cold Drive II sinage by Kate Wilson's, (don't believe what you read). Chantal Rousseau's, birds on a banner (we could call it homage to Henri Rousseau), EJ. Lightman and Johannes Zits have created large format photographs, all three artists have created images of nature surrounded by nature? Michael Davey, takes a different approach, his Ex-Voto looks to nature as a way for remembering. And Brian Hobbs, want us to listen, to pause a moment. Humour to the conceptual questing, this group of artist, gives many different and complex answers to What is Place and the many ways of interacting with nature.

A Reminder: The Tree Museum, the only contemporary sculpture site in a rural setting in Ontario and one of the few in Canada, is open year round and free to visit. As well as this years installations there are 17 other works on site. Take time out and enjoy contemporary art and a walk in the woods.

The Tree Museum is east of the town of Gravenhurst in the Muskokas, north of Toronto. A 15-minute drive along Doe Lake Road/Muskoka Road 6 brings you to a blue sign: "The Tree Museum." The site has no washroom or coffee/gift shop.

The exhibition is made possible with the financial support of the Canada Council for the Arts, Mentor College and The Ontario Arts Council and Douglas Design Studio

Profile of Artists:
Michael Belmore: Long before the Dutch coined the term Landscape, and European artists discovered Wilderness, Canada's First Peoples celebrated and had a living connection to the land. The work of this contemporary Canadian artist and environmentalist addresses multiple issues from cultural tradition and identity to a growing urban society's relationship to the land. In the past Belmore's traditional styles and conceptual pieces expressed the concept of "wilderness" as an integral part of the Canadian psyche. His experience and knowledge of this landscape will enrich and elaborate our perception of site-responsive artworks. Belmore is also expected to offer valuable insight to the visiting overseas artists about Canadian arts practices and the complex relationship between First Nations Peoples and Canadians.

Noel Harding is an international Canadian artist and urban innovator recognized for his monumental-scale public art projects and environmental sculptures that address the role and plight of nature in the midst of twenty-first century urbanization. Nature in the Garage - 'A Chirp' (2006) was first exhibited at Harbourfront Centre, Toronto. The Tree Museum is pleased that A Chirp will become a part of the collection of installations on site. http://noelharding.ca/

Jaffa Laam Lam is a well-known Hong Kong sculptor, and a lecturer at The Art School of the Hong Kong Arts Centre. Working predominantly in wood and metal, Lam breaks away from conventional ways of looking at and thinking about the visual arts. Her work frequently weaves together the ideas and images of different cultures, juxtaposing two unlike realities to form an unexpected new reality. Jaffa Laam Lam has exhibited both nationally and internationally. Her work was selected and shown in the Hong Kong Art Biennial Exhibition in 2005, 2003, 2001 and 1996. She has participated in numerous international residencies, from Kenya to Shanghai. In 2007 Jaffa will be in the United States as a recipient of the ACC fellowship and a visiting artist fellowship in US Urban Glass, Brooklyn, New York. http://www.jaffalam.com/main/intro.html

E.J. Lightman: An artist based in Toronto, E.J. Lightman is a founding member of The Tree Museum in Gravenhurst, Ont. (1997), and co-curator and organizer of its site-specific outdoor installations. In the Gallery she will exhibit photographs reflecting her experience of the site and her relationship to nature in an exhibition that will act as a bridge between the past and future at The Tree Museum. Lightman has exhibited in Canada, the United States, Europe, Central and South America and Mexico. Lightman was active as a member of WorkScene Gallery in Toronto from its inception in 1989, curating several group shows including Art & Technology (1994). She also co-curated Myths from Cyberspace (1996/97) with Carolyn Bell Farrell, a two-part exhibition at the Koffler Centre.

Persona Volare is a collective of eleven Toronto-based artists dedicated to exploring non-museum sites, especially sites that have a special symbolic charge. While their media is diverse -- sculpture, photography, painting, video and new media -- their single intention is to invade and transform unlikely spaces. (Carlo Cesta, Michael Davey, John Dickson, Rebecca Diederichs, Brian Hobbs, Lorna Mills, Lisa Neighbour, Chantal Rousseau, Lyla Rye, Kate Wilson and Johannes Zits). http://personavolare.com/

Wen-Chih Wang: "The inspirations of my work lie in the opposing yet fusing relationships among individuals, nature, and communities, and the longing for communion and primitivism derived from meditation," Wang has stated. "Also, through the physical interaction with the artwork, viewers are stimulated to contemplate values in different civilizations and experience the endless energies brought forth by the primal universe that are metaphorical, territorial, indigenous and intuitive." Wen-Chih Wang has produced numerous large architectonic structures, in a diverse range of settings, from rural and wilderness areas to high-density urban environments in Taiwan and Asia. Now living in Chiayi (Taiwan), Wang has been an active member in the contemporary art scene. His works were shown at the Venice Biennale in 2001; this year, prior to visiting Canada he will represent Taiwan at the Prague Biennale. http://www.caiguoqiang.com/bmoca/

A collaborative project with Visual Arts at York Quay Centre, Harbourfront Centre, Toronto

The Road North/The Road South
OPENING RECEPTION
FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 14, 2007
6 to 9 p.m
@ York Quay Centre, Harbourfront Centre, Toronto

For our 10th anniversary Patrick Macaulay, Head of Visual Arts at York Quay Centre, Harbourfront Centre, Toronto, invited the Tree Museum to collaborate on a project using the vitrines and the out-door spaces. This project will address the connections between an urban and rural environment, and the diminishing space in between. We have invited Persona Volare to make that connection in a project titled The Road North/The Road South.

Anne O'Callaghan: With work extending from photo-based installation to site-specific sculpture, Anne O'Callaghan also has an independent curatorial practice. She is a founding member and co-curator and administrator of The Tree Museum Collective, Gravenhurst, Ont., and a member of the "intersperse curatorial collective," Toronto. O'Callaghan is represented by Oneo Gallery, in Picton, Ontario. As well as curating the 2007 annual exhibition at The Tree Museum, she is also the curator for a group exhibition at the Oeno Gallery in Picton: This is Not a Renaissance Garden with outdoor works by Lois Andison, J. Lynn Campbell, Shane Dark, E.J. Lightman, Anne O'Callaghan, Orest Tataryn and Robert Wiens.

The Tree Museum is east of the town of Gravenhurst in the Muskokas, north of Toronto. A 15-minute drive along Doe Lake Road/Muskoka Road 6 brings you to a blue sign: "The Tree Museum." The site has no washroom or coffee/gift shop.

The exhibition is made possible with the financial support of the Canada Council for the Arts, Mentor College and The Ontario Arts Council.

For more information:
www.thetreemuseum.ca
Anne O'Callaghan-current@attglobal.net

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