The Way the Wind Blows: The Dev Gets Decked Out in Art

Posted by Drake, June 01, 2016
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Erin Armstrong - Panel 1 of 3 installed along the perimeter of the Devonshire property, acrylic on board

Devonshire’s second annual outdoor exhibition expands on the idea of our open-air gallery. Here you’ll find site-specific works that reflect the natural world in unexpected ways with sculptures that follow your movement, others that appear to have grown out of the soil among the trees, and mural-sized paintings to reframe the view. These come together to offer playful contemplation and bring a sense of creative wonder to our natural surroundings.

On the lakefront patio, you’ll find Gustavo Prado’s mirrored work growing almost organically from the tree situated on the bank of Lake Ontario. Reflecting the ever changing environment around it, the sculptures’ convex and concave gaze follows the viewer with it’s many peering eyes. Aptly named ‘Daphne’s Eyes’, after the ill fated nymph from Greek mythology, the sculpture speaks to ancient folklore and secret stories to come. Time passes, but man, myth and nature continue to evolve and shift around it.

Here at the Devonshire, you’ll find trees are often a backdrop for contemporary sculpture. Explore the grounds and you’ll find Esmaa Mohamoud’s hanging sculptures supported by opposing branches of the large tree adjacent to the Glass Box. Her two chained works sit in perfect balance swaying in the wind. The arms become reminiscent of a willow, while the baskets rustle softly, chiming every so often reminding us of the natural world’s pull.

Jeremy Jansen’s new sculptural works made of found scraps of metal are scattered amongst the property as though they grew from the earth or were artifacts from a forgotten civilization. Composed of rusted steel and warped rods, the works create a playful dialogue between one another with their differing shapes, chains and eyelets. While exploring the property keep an eye out for the sculpture named ‘Greg’, can you figure out which one he is?

Around the perimeter of the property Erin Armstrong’s expressionist brush strokes are almost palpable, as if you could trace each movement, her swirls of colour transform the surrounding fence into an open air gallery. Faceless figures, abstract shapes and overgrown foliage bring life to a mysterious narrative the evolves panel by panel.

Crafting playfully surreal woodland creatures, Robert Hengeveld designs intricate assemblages that mimic the outside environment with unexpected surprises and vibrant textures. Hengeveld’s animated owl sculptures bring a little bit of technology into the natural world with his twirling-head figures keeping a watchful eye.

Devonshire’s outdoor exhibition space is open to the public, we hope you’ll join us in exploring this hybrid zone that marries contemporary culture and the natural world.

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