Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Misled By Nature at MOCCA

Last Saturday John and I visited Misled By Nature, the new show at the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art.
Step with us across the threshold into this Tricia Middleton mixed-media installation.
It has a useful title -- Embracing Oblivion and Ruin is the Only Way to Live, 2012.
 Middleton says she was inspired by Baroque churches.
Next we encountered Lee Bul's After Bruno Taur (Negative Capability), 2008. Crystal, glass, and acrylic beads on stainless steel armature with aluminum and copper mesh, with chains made of PVC, steel, and aluminum, 274.3 x 296.4 x 213.4 cm
Bul says he was inspired by Taut's vision of a Utopian city floating in the cosmos.
Sculptor, David Altmejd's The Holes, 2008, presents one of his signature disintegrating werewolves.
Wood, mirror, glue, plaster, foam, metal wire, epoxy clay, epoxy resin, paint, horse hair, synthetic branches, synthetic flowers, pine cones, glass beads, quartz, quail eggs, glitter, and snail shells. 291.5 x 883.9 x 518.2 cm installed (approx.).

John and I are big fans of Altmejd's work.
Finally we visited Yinka Shonibare's Mr and Mrs Andrews without their Heads, 1998, which is based on Thomas Gainsborough's famous portrait of 1750.
Wax-print cotton costumes on mannequins, dog mannequin, painted metal bench, rifle. 165 x 635 x 254 cm with plinth.
Misled By Nature continues until April 6th so if you are interested don't delay. MOCCA


  1. Wow - what an amazing show. I love the crystal piece. Wonderful pictures.

  2. Go see if you get a chance, Q. We loved the show.

  3. I must go & have a look at this exhibit - exciting work.