Tegan Moore: Variations
January 12 — February 10, 2018
Opening Reception: Friday January 12, 6 — 8PM
Artist in attendance
Tegan Moore’s sculptures are slight and unassuming. They are constructed from materials used to regulate climate such as air filters, vents and polyethylene foam; materials designed specifically to disappear within the architectural fabric of a building. By excavating these objects and reassembling their various parts in the gallery, Moore’s new exhibition Variations draws attention to the forces that structure our everyday lives. Indeed, as climate change accelerates and weather patterns become increasingly inhospitable, we retreat indoors because at least there, we control the temperature. The great irony, of course, is that the non-renewable energy sources used to heat and cool our homes are directly fuelling the same ecological crisis from which we seek refuge.
Thinking alongside these currents, Moore’s work starts a subtle conversation within the controlled atmosphere of Zalucky Contemporary. Featuring a significant intervention onto the gallery’s air duct enclosures, the artist playfully extends and exaggerates an architectural apparatus typically designed to be as unobtrusive as possible. Moore’s accompanying sculptural works also toy with the formal textures and materialities of what is typically ensconced within our walls and appliances: layers of a humidifier pad meticulously dipped in clay take on a dense, honeycomb-like quality, and an air purification filter lined with Rolodex card protectors creates something akin to a minimalist painting. Yet despite the seemingly cool formalism of these works, Moore does not lose sight of their functional politics and histories: what do these materials filter out, what do they protect and what residues build up in between? As these pressing questions circulate throughout Variations, the exhibition ultimately tugs at the core of how we live—at what cost—and what we are willing to live without.
Tegan Moore is an artist working in sculpture, installation, and video. Her practice is informed by structures and systems that work invisibly in the built environment. Concerns with material properties, consumption, climate, economy, and fragility drive her approach to research and production. She completed a BFA at Emily Carr University in 2008, and an MFA at Western University in 2014. Recent exhibitions include The Windsor-Essex Triennial of Contemporary Art at the Art Gallery of Windsor (2017), Homestead at Carl Louie, London (2017), Subtraction Inventories at CSA Space, Vancouver (2016), and Semiopaque at G Gallery, Toronto (2016). Moore has participated in international residencies at Mustarinda in Hyrynsalmi, Finland, and Flaggfabrikken (now Aldea), in Bergen, Norway. She is an upcoming Researcher in Residence at Tokyo Arts and Space, a division of the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo.
The artist would like to acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts and the Ontario Arts Council.
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