Journal IX

By Katerina Bradshaw
July 28, 2020
Journal IX

Photo taken by Guy L'Heureux, installation shot from the exhibition Disegno (Giuseppe Di Leo & Susan G. Scott)

“To the attentive eye, each moment of the year has its own beauty, and in the same fields, it beholds, every hour, a picture which was never seen before, and which shall never be seen again.” - Emerson 

When you live with an exhibition for five weeks, it’s easy to get used to it. From idea to execution to completion, there is time enough to appreciate each show’s unique expression, and to rediscover the impact of its intention upon every viewing, day after day. An exhibition is also the culmination of the artistic will and efforts of everyone involved in it, producing tensions and resolutions, asking questions and inviting answers. It’s easy to get used to the answers.
 
That's why when something happens that changes the way we look at the world, we may mourn our prior resolutions. This is the consequence of change or loss, and the reality of the exhibition take-down. We wrap away the art in plastic bubbles and plaster the holes in the wall. We clear the space. We make room for new questions and answers. We learn the geography of new patterns and find comfort there. We reassemble and commit to new shapes. We find the capacity for learning and healing in ways we don’t anticipate. Just like that, we are inspired to begin again. And we do. 
 
PHOTO TAKEN BY GUY L'HEUREUX, INSTALLATION SHOT FROM THE EXHIBITION Bouchard & Daigneault (Sylvie Bouchard & Michel Daigneault)
 
PHOTO TAKEN BY GUY L'HEUREUX, INSTALLATION SHOT FROM THE EXHIBITION Lieux Suspendus (Andréanne Abbondanza-Bergeron, Chloë Charce)
 
PHOTO TAKEN BY GUY L'HEUREUX, INSTALLATION SHOT FROM THE EXHIBITION Star Rider (Madeleine Mayo, Rebecca Munce)