February 4 – April 1, 2012
NATIONAL GALLERY OF CANADA AT THE MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY CANADIAN ART
The expression “losing yourself in the wilderness” takes on new meaning in works by Peter Doig, Sarah Anne Johnson and Tim Gardner. Here ambiguous, hallucinatory vistas collide with sublime, pastoral scenes and the idea of the ruggedness of the hinterland clashes with its ultimate fragility. In each case, the realism of the works is interrupted by a sense of sheer uncanny. Doig’s etchings are kaleidoscopic renderings that draw as much from urban experience as they do from the countryside; Gardner’s pristine watercolours play with idealized notions of the great outdoors, while the whimsy of Johnson’s photographs is marred by their apocalyptic undertones. These multifarious landscapes mix autobiography with illusion and the banal with the extraordinary, offering striking images that suggest a shift in our perceived relationship with the natural world.
Peter Doig/ Tim Gardner/ Sarah Anne Johnson Organized by MOCCA and the National Gallery of Canada