Consider this exhibition to be a love letter to Tom Thomson and Canada – two subjects at the core of the 2017-year as we celebrate Canada’s 150th year and the centenary of Thomson’s death.Passion Over Reason will take a critical approach to our fascination with Thomson and show how today’s current culture of hipster or lumbersexual fashion, as well as cultivation of outsider creed, has confirmed what Wieland pointed to in the 1970s: Thomson is Canada. This exhibition will also allow for an account of feminist approaches to the topic of Canada in art then and now.
Works on show will range from select Tom Thomson paintings and related historical objects, artworks by Joyce Wieland (including a screening of her motion picture The Far Shore), archival materials reflecting Wieland’s process in compiling her creative bookwork catalogue for True Patriot Love, which subsumed a government-issued compendium of arctic flora by infiltrating it with bits and pieces of photos, needlework, notes and other, at-times obsessive, annotations that pointed to a deep fascination and love for Thomson. This feminist lens on the iconic figure of Tom Thomson will also include a consideration of contemporary women artists responding to notions of patriotism and Canada, and the lore of Tom Thomson.
Curator: Sarah Stanners