Exhibition tour to the Ryerson Image Centre, the Museums of Mississauga and Oakville Galleries. Ride the ARTbus and discover some of the summer's best exhibitions in the GTA!Learn more
Oakville Galleries in Gairloch Gardens & at Centennial Square
To propose, to proposition, to prop up: Propped explores the varied functions and meanings of the prop in the work of contemporary Canadian artists, examining how objects make and shape history. The word “prop" suggests an inanimate but moveable object that must be activated by a human subject, one that is neither autonomous, nor a backdrop for human activity, but something in between: a “thing" that gains meaning through the context of its use.
And yet, these artists' works demonstrate that props are more than mere things. Through strategies of archival research, staged photography, stand-up comedy, and assemblage, the artists in Propped position props as highly charged objects that mediate identities and frame our relationship to politics and the landscape.
Several works treat props as the supplementary materials of statecraft: the objects that set the stage for histories to be written and rewritten. In others, props are vital to processes of self-definition, working to create personae through human-object relations that are comedic, heartfelt or implicitly violent. Props can also take on a life of their own, acting on human subjects rather than being activated by them.
Through these diverse practices, props emerge as tools for proposing alternative pasts and new futures for objects, revealing the unexpected power everyday things can wield.
Participants from Abbas Akhavan's work will be present at Oakville Galleries in Gairloch Gardens each day between 2:00 pm and 3:00 pm.
Propped is made possible in part through the support of volunteers in the Oakville-Milton-Halton Hills St. John Ambulance Therapy Dog Program.
Curated by Gabrielle Moser
Abbas Akhavan, Maya Ben David, Vincent Chevalier, Mark Clintberg and Benny Nemerofsky Ramsay, Chris Curreri, Geoffrey Farmer, Oliver Husain, Aaron Jones, Eleanor King, Bev Koski, Duane Linklater, Divya Mehra, Hazel Meyer, Bridget Moser, Public Studio, Walter Scott
Join us for our Authors on Art series with acclaimed novelist and poet Jane Urquhart. The author will discuss her novel A Number of Things: Stories About Canada Told Through 50 Objects, while reflecting on our summer exhibition Propped.Learn more
Props: The Living End is a participatory event that includes a viewing and discussion of Greg Araki's The Living End (1992). The screening is an hour and a half long and will be followed by a 30 to 45 minute discussion.Learn more