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Garden Studies

Garden Studies draws wide linkages between Agnes Etherington’s fondness for gardens and botanical decor, artistic depictions of plants and flowers from the Agnes collection and Kingston’s colonial architecture and prison cultures. As if mimicking the propagation of plants—such as the lily-of-the-valley or nettle—that make nodes from which new plants can spring, this project makes connections between apparently unrelated spaces and ideas. The works explore feelings of comfort, power and agency. In doing so, they raise questions about mental and social effects of middle-class domesticity and about settler-colonial prison systems that enclose space and shape definitions of value. By exploring the window and the garden together in a play of forms and perspectives, the curatorial team invites viewers to reflect on thresholds between inside and outside and to visualize a sort of conceptual garden as a nurturing space for growth and relations within difference. Can a “garden” of artworks gesture to a future space for which we collectively long?

Artists include André Biéler, Napoleon Brousseau, David Garneau, Julius Griffith, Barker Fairley, Dana Holst, Geoffrey James, Brian Jungen, Kingston Residents of the Prison for Women, Ozias Leduc, Richard Ibghy and Marilou Lemmens, Anne Ramsden, Mary E. Rawlyk, Mélanie Rocan, Ho Tam, Tightwire’s incarcerated editors, artists and writers, Lisa Visser and Margaux Williamson

Curated by Tyler Adair, Alison Kiawenniserathe Benedict, Amit Breuer, Jed English, Peggy Fussell and Barbara Matthews, with Sunny Kerr as part of the Screen Cultures and Curatorial Studies graduate seminar Curating in Context. Special thanks to Michelle Bunton, Curatorial Assistant, Contemporary Art.

On exhibit at the Agnes Etherington Art Centre. 

Visit: https://agnes.queensu.ca/exhibition/garden-studies/

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