Mary Anne Barkhouse & FASTWÜRMS


In her Koffler Gallery exhibition, Le rêve aux loups, Mary Anne Barkhouse invokes the animal inhabitants of the land in artworks that reveal the transitory nature of empire, highlighting both the endurance & betrayals that delineate history north of the 49th parallel. Joining her in an insightful conversation, artist collective FASTWÜRMS & curator Jennifer Rudder discuss practices that foreground the relationship of the human & animal realm with the environment, examining the role that art can play in ecological as well as political awareness.

MARY ANNE BARKHOUSE | Mary Anne was born in Vancouver, BC & belongs to the Nimpkish band, Kwakiutl First Nation. An established artist & sculptor, she is a descendant of a long line of internationally recognized Northwest Coast artists that includes Ellen Neel, Mungo Martin & Charlie James. Galleries that have showcased her work include the Ottawa Art Gallery, the Peterborough Art Gallery , the Robert McLaughlin Gallery in Oshawa, the Art Gallery of Sudbury, Gallery Stratford & the Wave Hill Glyndor Gallery in New York City. Barkhouse is a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Art & her work can be found in public parks & on college and university campuses across Ontario, as well as the collections of prestigious institutions such as the National Gallery of Canada, the Canadian Museum of Civilization, the McMichael Canadian Art Collection, Mendel Art Gallery, Mackenzie Art Gallery, Art Bank of the Canada Council for the Arts, UBC Museum of Anthropology, Macdonald Stewart Art Centre, Banff Centre for the Arts & the Department of Indian and Northern Affairs. In addition, her public art installations are featured at the City of Markham, Carleton University in Ottawa, Thunder Bay Art Gallery, University of Western Ontario, McMichael Canadian Art Collection, Robert McLaughlin Gallery & the Millennium Walkway, Peterborough. Mary Anne Barkhouse lives & works in Minden, Ontario.

JENNIFER RUDDER | Jennifer is an independent curator who has been working in the arts in Toronto & Ontario for 25 years. She graduated from the Masters of Visual Studies: Curatorial Studies program at the University of Toronto in 2010. Inherent in all her curatorial work is a critical examination of the historical misapplication of rationalism as evidenced in scientific theories and technologies that result in harmful effects on nature & groups of people. Rudder has curated numerous exhibitions including Glam North: Doris McCarthy & her New Contemporaries, co-curated with Alexander Irving at the Doris McCarthy Gallery at the University of Toronto, Scarborough in 2014. Her curated solo survey exhibition of the works of Mary Anne Barkhouse developed at the Koffler Gallery will travel to the Esker Foundation in Calgary Alberta in fall 2017. Rudder is an Assistant Professor in the Criticism & Curatorial Practice Department at the Ontario College of Art & Design University in Toronto.