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Mar 13
Art and Art History presents The Work of Wind: Air, Land, Sea - A presentation by the Blackwood Gallery

Time 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Location Trafalgar Road Campus, Annie Smith Arts Centre, 1430 Trafalgar Road, Oakville, Ontario, L6H 2L1

THE WORK OF WIND: AIR, LAND, SEA is a site-specific exhibition, public program, and publication series designed to expand perspectives on climate change through artistic practices, cultural inquiry, and political mobilization. It aims to foster a deeper public awareness of the complex entanglements of ecologies of excess, environmental legacies of colonialism, the financialization of weather, contemporary catastrophism, politics of sustainability, climate justice, and hopeful resilience. It sets out to develop durable visual-cultural literacies and invites publics to create new encounters in the common struggle for a future. The project will flow across the City of Mississauga between June 2018–June 2019, and will be distributed locally, nationally, and internationally through THE SOCIETY FOR THE DIFFUSION OF USEFUL KNOWLEDGE, an innovative public program and publishing platform. Over the course of ten days in September the Southdown Industrial Area in Mississauga will be transformed into a site-specific contemporary art exhibition with commissioned works by Canadian and international artists. Drawing on the language of the Beaufort Scale of Wind Force, the exhibition will unfurl the 13 forces, from 0 (Calm) to 12 (Hurricane), and punctuate the area with 13 artist projects moving between modes of allegory and creative adaptation strategies.

In this presentation, Christine Shaw, Caitlin Sutherland, Alison Cooley, Fraser McCallum, and Joy Xiang will provide an overview of the project and discuss ways for Art & Art History students to get involved!

THE WORK OF WIND: AIR, LAND, SEA is curated by Christine Shaw, and produced by the Blackwood Gallery in partnership with the City of Mississauga and K. Verlag. This is one of the 200 exceptional projects funded in part through the Canada Council for the Arts’ New Chapter program.

Image: Tim Knowles, Dispersal Zone (foreground); Heather and Ivan Morison, The Cleaving (middle ground); Tomas Saraceno, Cumulus (background). Installed as part of The Work of Wind (pt 1), curated by Christine Shaw for Nuit Blanche Toronto, 2015. Photo: Sam Javanrouh.

 Image: Tim Knowles, Dispersal Zone (foreground); Heather and Ivan Morison, The Cleaving (middle ground); Tomas Saraceno, Cumulus (background). Installed as part of The Work of Wind (pt 1), curated by Christine Shaw for Nuit Blanche Toronto, 2015. Photo: Sam Javanrouh.