Cherry Beach Project exhibition at Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art

Exclusive recordings and photography from the source material and site of the Cherry Beach Project, an installation for the the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art’s biennial celebration of artists living in Toronto.

Empire of Dreams
Phenomenology of the built environment
Contemporary artists from Toronto
Curated by David Liss

June 19 – August 15, 2010

Dan Bergeron/ Joda Clément & Nigel Craig/ Liam Crockard/ Dorian Fitzgerald/ Sara Graham/ David Han/ Janet Jones/ Yvonne Lammerich/ Tristram Lansdowne/ An Te Liu/ Alex McLeod/ Samina Mansuri/ Jade Rude and Bruno Billio/ Lisa Steele and Kim Tomczak/ T&T (Tony Romano and Tyler Brett)/ Joshua Thorpe/ David Trautrimas/ Alberto Guedea Zamora/

Exhibition supported by Partners in Art, Matthew Teitelbaum,
and David Blackwood

The things that we build embody both our highest aspirations and our most base instincts to survive. They also express our will to find place, to establish dominion over territory, over our destiny.

Empire of Dreams is an exhibition of recent work by artists that looks at ways in which we exist within our built environment – the phenomenon that is our experience and interaction with the structures and architectures that shape relationships to our surroundings.

Within this context, the thematic scope of the exhibition is broad, as is the use of various media and techniques, from traditional approaches in painting to current technologies such as video and multi-media installation. The artists selected for the exhibition range from young and emerging to more established artists of national and international significance. The backgrounds, birth places and ethnicities of the artists also vary widely yet are filtered through the common lens of living in Toronto, Ontario, Canada in the year 2010. Though the exhibition and the artwork do not always reference living in Toronto specifically, the shared experience of living in a large urban centre, in an era of rapidly increasing urban migration, may also reflect commonalities of global experience. It is large cities like Toronto where the resonant implications of this evolution plays out through the structures that we create – the architecture, the economics, the politics, the design, the ecology, and our social and cultural interactions.

In addition to the critical and challenging issues raised through the exhibition, it is also the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art’s biennial celebration of artists living in Toronto.

Empire of Dreams also includes a publication documenting the exhibition and activities, and includes text from the curator, the participating artists and prominent guest writers


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