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Dreamland: Textiles and the Canadian Landscape

Date May 23, 2012 - Sep 30, 2012

Exhibition Overview

In this latest interdisciplinary exhibition at the Textile Museum of Canada, landmark Canadian artifacts from the Museum’s permanent collections are integrated with the work of contemporary Canadian artists creating a dialogue of personal and cultural expressions across time and space. Celebrating the imagination of landscape and the human presence in and around it, Dreamland: Textiles and the Canadian Landscape introduces a seamless play of storytelling, whimsy, utility and materiality, speaking to a continuity of patterns and practices that locate the past in the present – and the present in the past.

Artists include Amalie Atkins, Douglas Coupland, John Henry Fine Day, Jérôme Fortin, Grant Heaps, Jason McLean, Graeme Patterson, Ruth Scheuing, Michael Snow and Barbara Todd.

Curated by Shauna McCabe, Natalia Nekrassova, Sarah Quinton, and Roxane Shaughnessy.

Additional Information

Drawing upon the Textile Museum of Canada's rich archive of textiles that embodies a diversity of this country’s significant social histories, regional traditions and local stories, Dreamland highlights a shared imagination rooted in lived experience. Historically, Canadian textiles have often taken the form of vernacular objects, whether utilitarian and domestic items or community and individual expressions of life and landscape. Dreamland foregrounds such evidence of everyday lives in the form of hooked mats, hand-pieced quilts, handmade household articles and personal objects with stories that have dynamic links to specific regions, families and individuals.

Interwoven with these histories, contemporary artists from across the country offer artworks that emerge from the same impulses – precise articulations of place and memory, tradition and transformation, conveyed through diverse media including textiles, video, installation, sculpture, painting and performance. Titled for the first book of poetry published in Canada in 1868 by Charles Mair, Dreamland is a lyrical collection of cultural and individual expressions of the deeply embedded presence of creativity in the Canadian landscape and the role of utopia, ingenuity and human affection in day-to-day lives.

Presented by the Textile Museum of Canada with the generous support of the Textile Museum Volunteer Association.

Amalie Atkins, <i>Embrace</i>, 2011, HD video, 3 minutes
Barbara Todd, <i>...all your troubles fall away</i>, 2008, wool, appliqué, and quilted, 249 x 260 cm
Grant Heaps, <i>Stag</i>, 2012, cotton, wool, linen, nylon, polyester, silk, 244 x 244 cm. Photo: Jennifer Rowsom
Douglas Coupland, <i>Future Prayer</i>, 2011, acrylic on canvas, 183 x 183 cm
Ruth Scheuing, <i>The White Pieces</i>, 2010, cotton, and synthetics, computer-assisted Jacquard weavings,  each piece 71 x 71 cm
Michael Snow, <i>Solar Breath (Northern Caryatids)</i>, 2002, colour video, 62 minutes
Jérôme Fortin, <i>Self Portrait no.4</i>, 2012, paper, bamboo, and double faced tape, variable dimensions
Graeme Patterson, <i>Monkey and Deer</i>, 2006, stop-motion animation, 12 minutes
Jason McLean, <i>America in the Fall</i>, 2011, mixed media, 175 x 152 cm
John Henry Fine Day, <i>Rez Dog in Flight</i>, 2006, rawhide, and sinew, 38 x 42 x 15 cm
Hooked rug, Canada, early 20th century, T84.0117
Sampler, England, 1850, T95.0287
Quilt, Canada, 19th century, T84.0062
Johnnie Kit-Elswa, Mat, Canada, c 1880, T88.0786
Shirt, Canada, 19th century, T90.0078
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