R.M. Vaughan reviews Mary Ann Barkhouseís The Reins of Chaos at the Latcham Gallery in Stouffville, Ont. He closes with this paragraph:
"A side note: The Reins of Chaos is related to a series of Barkhouse installations that situate animal sculptures in disjointed, otherworldly domestic settings. Her last touring exhibition, Boreal Baroque, tucked rabbits, owls and other woodland creatures into tidy, chintz-draped parlours. One canít help wondering why or how these powerful and charming works were overlooked by Adaptation: Between Species, the Power Plantís new, and very large, humans-meet-animals show. Surely one Barkhouse work is worth any two European videos?"
That of course, begs the question, how did the Power Plant's out-going curator, Helena Reckitt, manage to exclude so many First Nation's artists from Adaptation: Between Species currently on at the Power Plant?
Mary Ann Barkhouse harvest 2009 Bronze, wood, porcelain, taffeta
Mary Ann Barkhouse Boreal Baroque 2009
it also hid one of the best works--the alys peice, the fox in the national gallery of london, on the 2nd floor
Maybe showing video is cheaper than shipping sculptures around? it's a pretty ambitious show for the Power Plant
Absolutely, shipping costs must have come into it. It also brings up another problem I had with the appearance of the P.P. show as a whole, tons of video, but the placement of all of those screens looked really haphazard.