Urban Animal Ecology
Wednesday, March 6
199 Richmond St. West
Presentations and conversation with artist Mary Anne Barkhouse and nature filmmaker Susan Fleming
Free public event as part of Onsite Gallery's exhibition, How to Breathe Forever
A new carnivore has slipped unnoticed into cities across the Eastern seaboard from Toronto to Montreal to Boston and even New York. Scientists say it is one of the most adaptable mammals on the planet but what surprises them most is how this remarkable creature manages to live right alongside us but just out of view. We share our parks, our streets even our backyards with these wild animals, that both fascinate and baffle scientists, but few of us have ever seen a coywolf.
Please join us for a public conversation between exhibiting artist Mary Anne Barkhouse and nature filmmaker Susan Fleming, on the topic of urban animal ecology.
Mary Anne Barkhouse's work examines ecological concerns and intersections of culture through the use of animal imagery. Inspired by issues surrounding empire and survival, Barkhouse creates installations that evoke considerations of the self as a response to history and environment.
Susan Fleming is an award-winning nature filmmaker with expertise on animal wildlife. Her 2014 documentary, Meet the Coywolf, addresses the coywolf: a mixture of western coyote and eastern wolf which is a remarkable new hybrid carnivore that is taking over territories once roamed by wolves and slipping unnoticed into our cities.
How to Breathe Forever underlines the importance and interconnectedness of air, animals, land, plants and water. The belief that everything in the universe has a place and deserves equal respect is the core of this exhibition and positions our relations with others ̶including the ‘natural’ world ̶as active and reciprocal. The exhibition invites you to consider an expanded personhood that attentively collaborates and exchanges with living things.
Mary Anne Barkhouse was born in Vancouver, BC but has strong ties to both coasts, as her mother is from the Nimpkish band, Kwakiutl First Nation of Alert Bay, BC and her father is of German and British descent, from Nova Scotia. As a result of her personal and family experience with land and water stewardship, Barkhouse’s work examines ecological concerns and intersections of culture through the use of animal imagery. Inspired by issues surrounding empire and survival, Barkhouse creates installations that evoke consideration of the self as a response to history and environment. She currently resides in the Haliburton Highlands of Ontario.
Onsite Gallery is the flagship professional gallery of OCAD U and an experimental curatorial platform for art, design and new media. Visit our website for upcoming public events. The gallery is located at 199 Richmond St. W, Toronto, ON, M5V 0H4. Telephone: 416-977-6000, ext. 265. Opening hours are: Wednesdays from noon to 8 p.m.; Thursdays and Fridays from noon to 7 p.m.; Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. Free admission.
Installation view: Mary Anne Barkhouse; Treats for Coyote; 2018; bronze, wood, velvet, glass and porcelain; 74” x 22” x 42”. Photo: Yuula Benivolski.