Since the beginning of mankind, nature has played a vibrant role in artistic manifestation. The land and waters we rely on shape how we interpret the world around us. One of the great virtues Canadians are blessed with is our abundant landscape – lush forests, sweeping prairies, and vast oceans surround us, connecting us with almighty Mother Nature. For centuries, Canadian artists have drawn artistic inspiration from our landscapes. The art we create from nature’s muse becomes part of our individual and national identity.
The Harbourfront Centre is currently presenting Deep Woods; A Canadian contemporary collective of over 30 artists who look to the boundless Canadian landscape for stimulation in their own practice. The provoking aspect of this exhibition is the innovation of Canadian artists. These incredibly talented artists are worked with nature’s vision to produce contemporary forms of media that modernized ever-relevant subjects. We are blessed with amazing creative talent and this exhibition among others (Oh, Canada!), displays how contemporary Canadian visual artists are developing into a creative powerhouse.
The Group of Seven laid the groundwork for Canadian Artists to develop work through direct contact with nature. This influential group would travel throughout Ontario and produce work from our incredible sceneries, developing their technique over time. See below for Tom Thomson’s painting, The Jack Pine, which has grown (literally) over time into a Canadian icon, arousing the untamed forests of our nation. Deep Woods progresses this symbol of Canadian national identity and reinvents it in a contemporary realm.
As society grows and our schedules become more hectic, it has always been a personal goal to stop and observe. With most of our population living in urban sprawl, I think it's important to stay connected to our surrounding environment. Take time for yourself and experience how others experience our landscape at The Harbourfront Centre, exhibiting until June 14, 2015 – this event should not be missed!
Running Jan 24 - June 14, 2015
Photo courtesy of WikiMedia
Photo courtesy of Eamon Mac Mahon Photography
DEEP WOODS: Visual Arts Exhibitions, Open to public until June 14, 2015
Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay West, Toronto, Ontario
Researched and written by Patricia Rivers, recent Graduate from the Contemporary Studies program at Dalhousie University