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The Uses of Enchantment: Art & Environmentalism

May 6 - October 29

Shary Boyle, Revival Beach, 2011–15, ink and gouache on paper, 89 x 107 cm, Weisz family collection, Photo courtesy of the artist, © Shary Boyle

The Uses of Enchantment:
Art & Environmentalism


May 6 – October 29, 2023


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About the Exhibition

In a time when our human relationship to the natural world is rapidly changing, this exhibition pulls together artists who are registering their experience in ways that intrigue, caution and entrance. The exhibition takes its title from the classic work by Austrian psychologist and scholar Bruno Bettelheim, who posited that children’s fairy tales provide for children an imaginative space in which to process their deepest fears and dread: the death of a parent, abandonment etc. Borrowing this paradigm, curator Sarah Milroy explores how contemporary artists use the strategy of enchantment to explore our contemporary experience of climate change, species and habitat loss, and environmental degradation.

These are worlds turned inside out, yet we are drawn into the artists’ imaginative visions to reflect on the place we find ourselves in as planet Earth’s rogue species.

Artists in the exhibition include Shary Boyle, Carrie Allison, Shuvinai Ashoona, Qavavau Manumie, Bill Burns, Sara Angelucci and Winnie Truong, working in such various media as clay, pencil drawing, audio art, performance and sculpture.

The exhibition will be accompanied by a catalogue featuring essays on each of the artists, and a foreward by McMichael Chief Curator, Sarah Milroy.

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Exhibition Publication

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Curatorial Talk – The Uses of Enchantment: Art & Environmentalism

Sarah Milroy with artists Shary Boyle, Winnie Truong and Carrie Allison.
May 17, 2023

Shary Boyle (b. 1972), The Great Flood, 2016, ink and gouache on paper, 105 x 110.5 cm, Private collection, Photo courtesy of the artist. © Shary Boyle

Shary Boyle (b. 1972), Black Gold, 2019, gouache and acrylic on paper, 36 x 51 cm, Private collection, Photo courtesy of the artist. © Shary Boyle

Winnie Truong (b. 1988), Gentle Snares, 2021, drawing and cut paper collage, 50.8 x 40.6 cm, VivianeArt, Calgary, Photo courtesy of the artist. © Winnie Truong

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Start:
May 6
End:
October 29
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