How Do You Cope With Environmental Guilt?
Would You Crawl Along The Street With A Field On Your Back In Penance?
In November 2007, OCAD alumnus Gareth Bate crawled along Toronto's Queen Street West from Soho Street to Spadina Avenue with a field of grass on his back. It was painful and tiring. This bizarre act of self-punishment and humiliation for the guilt of environmental destruction has been captured in the performance video Penance. The exhibition also features Bate's large-scale paintings. His Lament series deals with a sense of personal sorrow, loss and hope in relation to the destruction of the natural world.
Curated by Faculty of Art Professor Colette Laliberté.
Gareth Bate graduated from the Ontario College of Art & Design in 2007. He is the winner of the 401 Richmond Career-Launcher Prize, a 500 square foot studio given to one OCAD BFA graduate every year. He has won several awards for painting and art writing, and received an Ontario Arts Council Grant. He has shown at a number of Toronto galleries including Loop, Bau-Xi, Gallery 44, Gladstone Hotel and exhibited in Nuit Blanche.
The artist would like to thank guest curator Colette Laliberté for all guidance and support. Glendon Gallery would like to thank its media partners: L'Express & Le Métropolitain newspapers, Radio-Canada TV & radio CJBC 860 AM, Première Chaîne and Clic Toronto. Special thanks go out to the Advising Committee: Marc Audette, Nadine Bariteau, Omid Fekri, Anna Husdon and Colette Laliberté.