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A door between two spaces
an opening we can move through
going out or coming in
and the invisible barrier of a window
which lets us see the other side.
This doorway is to the Allen Garden conservatory located between Carlton and Gerrard Street east.
This doorway is the main entrance on the Palm building constructed in 1910.
We began with a question, 'what is the language of gesture?' An idea arrives,
not as words but as a vision, not quite distinct. We search for and find materials to make the vision manifest. But then the process begins and materials have a mind of their own, conforming to weight and gravity, light and shadow and what happens is something of a miracle, a total surprise
that we feel privileged to be witness to.
we circle round it, turn our faces towards it
for warmth, for light, for the transformation of food.
our first and ongoing necessity is to feed ourselves,
in times of abundance and scarcity.
hands collect the seeds, plant the seeds, care for their growth, harvest the crop
hands build the fire, cook the food, hold it to our mouth to eat.
Sometimes through grace and effort we are able to amass a surplus
it is only then that we are afforded the possibility of reflection,
to consider our existence here on earth,
to observe what we have discovered and to share that knowledge with words.
All of the above collages began with a photocopy image of this photograph
'Portrait of a Young Writer" held in the archives of the Jewish Public Library in Montreal. Each of us was inspired to enter into a relationship with the original portrait and in the process of collage I think we all came to see and appreciate the character even more. As much as she has been transformed in
these works a strong trace of her remains.
Are we willing to receive good news?
or to even consider the news we receive as good?
or more important can we be witness to what is happening
in order to learn about ourselves.
On Martin Luther King's Day his niece wrote: "I pray that all polar opposites learn to Agape Love, live and work together as brothers and sisters--- or perish as fools."
Hovering between this year and the next
one eye open, one eye closed
murmuration a halo of movement and sound surrounding
The Sae half of our collaboration is going to her other home in Japan for a visit and will send us photos from there beginning next week on the third of January. We look forward to starting the new year with you.
Yesterday both Sae and I discovered the evidence of mouse quite independent of each other,
in places close to where we work, behind the computer and the toaster oven and coffee maker at home.
So, I wondered what that might be pointing at. Every creature has a very particular perspective
based on their size, physical body, the way they move in their environment.
The mouse sees things close up but does not have much of an overview.
It's the details that I seem to have been overlooking of late and not looking behind what is most obvious.
Any reminder to challenge our habitual way of looking is good.
We have changed the exhibit in the collage and ascending galleries to respond to the title 'higher up and further in'.
The E.J. Gold gallery continues to show Daniel Hanequand's 'a human landscape'
and all of his work from previous shows can be viewed in video format in the Gold library.
Daniel Hanequand's original drawings can be seen at the gallery and purchased from the artist's estate.
Sometimes being sick is like standing still, spinning in place
wondering when can I get off this not so merry go'round.
When we're sick it's hard to remember what it feels like to be well
and when we are well it's hard to remember (thank goodness) being sick.
Please get well Miss Sae.
It's much more fun doing the blog with you.
Today Sae and I finished our first book, a documentation of the exhibition which
is appearing now at gallery arcturus and seen in part in the photo above entitled,-
'w h a t i s n e c e s s i t y ?' . Christmas is a time when scarcity and excess
are glaring and so it seems an appropriate time to consider 'what is necessity' not as
an expression of poverty but as a recognition of how little is needed to give us a sense
of fullness and satisfaction.
What does it look like when two friends share questions
questions without easy answers
that ask us to look inside to what we know,
in the body and in the shadows that stretch out from us.
The same questions take on such different appearances
when we let them enter,
like looking at an elephant from different sides of the same room.
An alley seems a different world.
"Where is this place,
so close to noise and traffic
and so far away?"
Behind what we usually see
is something else,
a red door,
a bright light.
"All the lines go in." she says
"All the lines go up and out." says the other
You can turn left or right
or go back the way you came.
Watching something being constructed is very different than simply seeing the finished construction.
I get a sense of the weight and largeness of it and of how it could fall and break .
My work is done with pencil and paper.
It takes time and concentration too but I am not wrestling physically with my materials.
Today we made alterations in this installation to accommodate the new work of Daniel Hanequand.
It is exciting being witness to change.
These plaster pillars were created by Ramona Zoladek in November 2014.
They were installed in this configuration by Lee Harris. (shown above)