About the Exhibition
Jessica Karuhanga and Alex R. M. Thompson, with F. Carmichael, A. J. Casson, A. Y. Jackson, J. E. H. MacDonald and F. H. Varley
Curated by Tak Pham
Emotional Landscapes juxtaposes works from the Varley Art Gallery’s collection with the contemporary practices of Jessica Karuhanga and Alex R.M. Thompson. Building on the nineteenth century English Romantic tradition, the Group of Seven captured the raw, emotional nature of places like Algonquin Park. Their expressive, melancholic and sublime landscapes are often devoid of human bodies. However still noticeable in them are marks indicative of human activity. Responding to the established, and at times problematic, narrative of historical Canadian landscape painting, Karuhanga and Thompson propose a political view of nature and landscape, one that acknowledges the consequences of the humans that live and work in it.
The Varley Art Gallery of Markham gratefully acknowledges Partners in Art as the lead sponsor of this exhibition. This was made possible with the support of the Varley-McKay Art Foundation of Markham.
Image: Alex R. M. Thompson, The Depths (detail), 2018, etching, aquatint and drypoint on paper, 55.88 x 57.78 cm. Courtesy of the artist.