Odd Bodies
18 March – 7 May 2000

Oakville Galleries in Gairloch Gardens & at Centennial Square

Oakville Galleries presents Odd Bodies, a selection of works from the National Gallery's permanent collection of modern and contemporary art and photography. Diana Nemiroff, the National Gallery's Curator of Contemporary Art, surveys the gallery's collection of twentieth century art, choosing works from over twenty nationally and internationally renowned artists. Nemiroff brings together 'figurative' work from Modern artists, such as Pablo Picasso and Otto Dix, with more recent works by Betty Goodwin, Jana Sterbak and General Idea. The varied representations of the human form in Odd Bodies deviate from ideal depictions of the body found in traditional and popular imagery. They reconfigure the body through distortion and fragmentation, redrawing a vulnerable and at times freakish body. The works transform, mutate, segment and turn the body inside out as if to put it under scientific scrutiny. They dissect the body in order to reconsider conventional ideals and expose contemporary fears and anxieties. The process of representation, namely in terms of art, often conceals the body's vulnerabilities, smoothing over blemishes, erasing lines and ignoring scars. Instead of rendering the ideal body, where conventions are used to promote sameness, the works in Odd Bodies depict marred surfaces and seeming imperfections. They celebrate the peculiar, the unfamiliar and the vulnerable, thus isolating and defining idiosyncrasies. Here differences are privileged.

Organized and circulated by The National Gallery of Canada

Curated by Diana Nemiroff