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The Weather
January 22 to March 7, 2004

David Crompton & Andrew Herfst ·

Edith Dekyndt · Trisha Donnelly ·
Antonia Hirsch · Tania Kitchell ·
Ana Rewakowicz · Lisa Robertson · Mina Totino

Produced in collaboration with the Charles H. Scott Gallery, Vancouver

Curator: Cate Rimmer

Thursday, January 22, at 6:30
Preceded by a tour of the exhibition with the curator at 6 pm

Snow Art
Sunday January 25 from 3 to 5 pm
Icicle Bubble performance by Ana Rewakowicz, with assistance from Steve Topping, and other climatic interventions + hot drinks

Tuesday, February 24 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm
Our Winter Storms, by Ronald Stewart PhD, professor, McGill University's Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences Department
in English
La nordicité mentale, by Louis-Edmond Hamelin PhD, Geographer and author of Écho des pays froids and Canadian Nordicity: It's Your North Too, winner of the Léon-Gérin Award, 1987
in French

David Crompton
& Andrew Herfst, Excerpts from Fieldbook (2003)
DVD still / plan fixe, DVD
Antonia Hirsch, A Science of Language and Humidity (excerpt) (2003)
Mixed media / Techniques mixtes
The Liane and Danny Taran Gallery of the Saidye Bronfman Centre for the Arts is pleased to present a group exhibition entitled, The Weather which features work by Canadian and international artists. This exhibition explores our relationship to the weather, our efforts to measure and record it, to control and manipulate it, to understand and live with it.

The weather has a profound influence on our lives. It is a source of pleasure and disappointment, annoyance and fear. It can determine what we do and how we behave. Talk of the weather can be an icebreaker between strangers, the subject of idle chatter. While the weather is a mundane constant in our daily existence, it is one that is also capable of wreaking destruction and chaos. It is at once tediously ordinary and awesomely majestic.

The exhibition includes performative works by Montreal's Ana Rewakowicz and Los Angeles-based Trisha Donnelly, represented by her internationally exhibited projection work, Canadian Rain. The pseudo-scientific is explored in both Belgian artist Edith Dekyndt's work and that of Vancouver's Antonia Hirsch. Our personal relationship to the weather is explored in David Crompton & Andrew Herfst's film, which focuses on the iconic quality of weather in Vancouver and Montreal, and in the sculptural and photographic work of Toronto's Tania Kitchell. Mina Totino records the weather through her ongoing archive of the clouds and poet Lisa Robertson explores the language of weather and the weather of language in an audio listening station.

The Weather is curated by Cate Rimmer as part of a series of exhibition centred on notions of the mundane. The exhibition is presented in collaboration with the Charles H. Scott Gallery at the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design in Vancouver.

The Gallery gratefully acknowledges ongoing support form the ministère de la Culture et des Communications, The Canada Council for the Arts and the Arts Council of Montreal.

Top image: Tania Kitchell, Stable Conditions (2001) Lambda print / Épreuve lambda