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Garry Williams   Cathedrals



June 5, 1993 - June 4, 1993

Organized by the Southern Alberta Art Gallery with funding assistance from the Alberta Foundation for the Arts.

Calgary artist Garry Williams attempts in his work to undo the separation of man from nature that has existed since the industrial revolution. Our highly artificial lifestyle is made possible through the primary labours of others and it is our unwitting involvement in the manipulation of nature that he forces us to accept. By juxtaposing natural and manufactured objects in unfamiliar ways, Williams seeks to deconstruct our current ideological position regarding the environment. His work is political in that it questions accepted attitudes and regarding the environment. His work is political in that it questions accepted attitudes and emphasized the need for awareness, involvement and change. He tried to create a new understanding by offering new ways of seeing, but also uses smells and sounds – not recorded sounds but natural ones or those produced by common household appliances – to activate memories and alter future perceptions. By including unstable materials such as beeswax, water and living plants in his large-scale installations, he forces a confrontation with physical processes – fermentation, dehydration, decay – that delicately balances open text with social commitment.

 

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