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Opening Reception: Kelly Greene & Johannes Zits

Friday, March 6, 2020
7:00 pm
McIntosh Gallery (MG)

Kelly Greene
Curated by Helen Gregory

Kelly Greene is a multi-media artist who works in painting, sculpture, installation, and photography. A Mohawk member of the Six Nations of the Grand River in Ohsweken, Ontario, Greene focuses on topics that include environmental concerns as well as the impact that colonization has had on Canada's First People. Although she wasn’t raised within her Indigenous heritage, Greene has spent much of her adult life learning about her Haudenosaunee identity.

As she works towards a deeper understanding of her own culture, Greene investigates the multiple ways in which the notion of accountability occurs across key issues affecting Indigenous people. As a nation with its roots in colonization by European settlers, Canada must remain accountable to the history of injustices suffered by honouring past treaties and recognizing the importance of restitution in the healing process. Indigenous people must remain accountable to themselves by taking on the responsibility for keeping their languages and traditions alive and, by passing them on to younger generations, mitigating further loss of vital knowledge and culture. And we must all take on the responsibility of caring for our Earth that sustains us. Read more

McIntosh Gallery acknowledges with gratitude the financial support of the McIntosh Gallery Art and Travel Committee that made this exhibition possible.

Listening to Trees
Johannes Zits
Artist in residence at McIntosh Gallery
Curated by James Patten

Many of us, especially in Canada, would claim a special relationship with trees and forests. But if we were asked to define that relationship, or describe our interactions with trees, we might come up short on answers. For the past ten years, Toronto performance artist Johannes Zits has been working with trees around the world. From Cambodia to Cuba, the trees he chooses tend to have unique historical or cultural value within communities. Some have borne witness to horrific human tragedies. Others mark the gradual development of communities as a gathering place or landmark.

Using nonverbal actions, he approaches nature as a body that is alive, vulnerable, and socially contextualized. Instead of making nature a passive backdrop in front of which human history unfolds, his encounters with trees are reflective and empathetic. Aligned with panpsychism, a philosophical world view in which all matter has consciousness, Zits’ practice shares an affinity with cultures in which humanity is seen as continuous with nature. To this end, he often collaborates with local communities to enhance his performances and interactions with trees. Read more

Image credits: Kelly Greene, Attempting to Correct Disorder (detail) 2014, acrylic on panel. Courtesy of the Woodland Cultural Centre. Johannes Zits, Up and Over a Stone, Kiawe Tree 2018, performance, Kona, Big Island, Hawaii, photography: Ed Pien. Courtesy of the artist.

McIntosh Gallery
Abby Vincent
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