Tuesday, November 18, 2014

OUTSKIRTS on display September 27 - December 28, 2014


On display at the Harbourfront Centre

September 27 - December 28, 2014

Alex Brownell, Habiba El-Sayed, Margaret Lim, Jenanne Longman, Yasmine Louis, Aidan Mayner, Loree Ovens, Filipa Pimentel

Curated by Melanie Egan

When thinking of “The Suburbs” one doesn’t immediately think of creativity or cultural hubs – particularly post WWII suburbs. The usual opinion of the suburbs, at least by urban folk, is not at all flattering. There is a clear demarcation between the urbanites who are where it’s happening and the suburbanites who are left to flounder in a cultural wasteland.
Yet a lot can happen in the suburbs that falls outside the commonly held notion of “endless sprawl, a punishing commute, and McMansions.”1
After all the suburbs are far removed from the “centre” and exist on the outskirts away from mainstream influences. The fringe has always been identified with creativity, nonconformists and the unruly.
This group of artists is made up of those who grew up in the ‘burbs, some who still inhabit them, one who drives through from time to time and another who has looked to them for inspiration.

         Melanie Egan, Head, Craft & Design, Harbourfront Centre

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