Judy Anderson, Mary Anne Barkhouse, Jeff Morton, Diana Thorneycroft and Dallas Wehrle
Opening Reception, Friday, August 12, 7:00 pm; featuring a performance by Jeff Morton
Artists' talks, Saturday, August 13, 1:00 pm
This group exhibition of installation and photo-based works features Canadian artists: Judy Anderson, Mary Anne Barkhouse, Jeff Morton, Dallas Wehrle and Diana Thorneycroft. The works in Toys Gone Rogue play on and subvert the innocence that is usually associated with the use and representations of toys. These artists' works conflate children's toys with contemporary events and ideas to revisit the narratives that underpin our social, political and cultural context. As alternatives to the pretend worlds of heroes and princesses offered in most toy stores, or fairy tales, darker stories unfold when the world is interrogated by an imaginative mind confronting hypocrisy, stereotypes, and conventional ways of thinking. These artists disarm viewers with their use of toys creating amusing interactions that destabilize the innocence associated both with history and childhood memories.
Diana Thorneycroft, Seven Awkward Moments (Northern Lights), 2007. Photo courtesy of the artist.