Bloom

Thea Haines and Uta Riccius
Bloom
Curated by Kearon Roy Taylor

October 24th to November 29th, 2014.
Opening reception: Friday, November 14. (7:00 to 10:00 p.m.)

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BLOOM is a Wunderkammer of industrial ecology.
Explorations into locally derived textile dyeing and shells of fauna cast from consumer packaging call us to reevaluate our relationship to the manufactured. Thea Haines and Uta Riccius trace obverse paths that examine industry as both embodied craft and geological force. Their systematic taxonomy of production and consumption converges on a rich ecology that catalogues the phylogeny of mass-produced objects and asks: Can we bring our habits and desires back down to earth and realize an economy that is not decoupled from ecology, or are we going to be identified by the mountains of excess we have left behind?

BLOOM is a Wunderkammer of industrial ecology.
Explorations into locally derived textile dyeing and shells of fauna cast from consumer packaging call us to reevaluate our relationship to the manufactured. Thea Haines and Uta Riccius trace obverse paths that examine industry as both embodied craft and geological force. Their systematic taxonomy of production and consumption converges on a rich ecology that catalogues the phylogeny of mass-produced objects and asks: Can we bring our habits and desires back down to earth and realize an economy that is not decoupled from ecology, or are we going to be identified by the mountains of excess we have left behind?

Thea Haines is an artist, textile designer, and curator. She holds an MA in Textile Design from Chel-sea College of Art and Design, London, and was previously artist-in-residence in the Craft Studio at Harbourfront Centre, and a member of the Contemporary Textile Studio Co-operative at 401 Rich-mond. She lives and works in downtown Hamilton. cargocollective.com/theahaines

Uta Riccius. Having studied at Concordia University (BFA) and at Universität der Künste in Berlin (MFA), she has exhibited in Canada, Mexico and Germany. Her current work explores digital print media of plaster cast sculptures using recycled plastic packaging. www.utariccius.com

Kearon Roy Taylor is a printmaker and media artist. A founding member of the Hamilton Audio Vis-ual Node (HAVN), he recently received Emerging Artist Awards in Media and Visual Arts at the Hamilton Arts Awards (2014). He is currently working towards a Master of Architecture at the University of Toronto. www.krtkrt.ca

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