Fractal Exotica, Floral Erotica

August 29, 2021 10AM-8PM
This event is “Fractal Exotica, Floral Erotica” an offsite Pumice Raft project happening in High Park. This one-day exhibition will feature works on paper by 15 artists, one for each tree in a grove of Sugar Maple trees located next to the High Park labyrinth featuring:

Leeay Aikawa
Nabil Azab
Gart Darley
Tom Dean
Rosemary Flutur
Sky Glabush
Ella Gonzales
Vincent Larouche
Manden Murphy
Native Art Department International
Nick Schutzenhofer
Dana Slijboom
Ekow Stone
Mégane Voghell
Fan Wu

I’ve been spending a lot of time in High Park recently—especially at/around the labyrinth—and have become fascinated with a type of mental flow that spaces like this can inspire.

The feeling of flow often arises when the body is engaged in movement, which allows the mind to deviate, or escape, from its familiar patterns. As is the case in the labyrinth, physical wandering facilitates a mental drift. The deeper we wander through day dreams, our brain waves take on similar fractal patterns as the forking patterns that we see repeat in the branches, twigs, and leaf veins of the sugar maples nearby. There is a pleasure in reverie when the form of external stimulus harmonizes with the internal unconscious.

It is here that the flow between the body and mind intertwine like routes and vines.

Gart Darley, “Blue Moon”, pen on paper, 50.8cm x 63.5cm (20 x 25 inches), 2021.

Native Art Department International, “Double Fake Double Morrisseau”, acrylic paint on paper, 40.64cm x 50.8cm (16 x 20 inches), 2021.

Sky Glabush, "Plant", oil on canvas, 27.9cm x 35.5cm (11 x 14 inches), 2017.

Fan Wu & co., "Three Scores for Ariadne's Chorus", human voice, caution tape, soil sound, depth, height, width, time, unitive flow, 2021-beyond.

Rosemary Flutur, “Smoke Break”, pen on paper, 21.59cm x 27.94cm (8.5 x 11 inches), 2019.

Dana Slijboom, “Flame Throwers”, pencil crayon on book cover, 17.78cm x 12.7cm (7 x 5 inches), 2020.

Nick Schutzenhofer, “Untitled”, ink and watercolor on paper, 25.4cm x 35.5cm (10 x 14 inches), 2020.

Leeay Aikawa, “Blue Moon”, Queen Anne Lace flower ink, beetroot ink, red cabbage ink, mica powder on paper, 19.1cm x 27.9cm (7.5 x 11 inches), 2021.

Vincent Larouche, "übertreffen Sie Ihre Vision study", inkjet print on paper, 21.59cm x 27.94cm (8.5 x 11 inches), 2021.

Ekow Stone, "untitled", ink on papaer, 15.25cm x 20.9cm (6 x 8.25 inches), 2021.

Tom Dean, "Untitled Sculpture Proposal", india ink on paper, 27.9cm x 38.1cm (11 x 15 inches), 2021.

Ella Gonzales, “walkthrough”, watercolour on hot pressed paper, 22.8cm x 30.5cm (9 x 12 inches), 2021.

Nabil Azab, "Untitled", inkjet print from negative, 45.7cm x 30.5cm (12 x 18 inches), 2021.

Mégane Voghell, “Sans titre (érable à sucre)”, paper and wooden pencil, 50.8cm x 76.2cm (20 x 30 inches), 2021.

Manden Murphy, "The (Inter)National Question, Reading Group Signup", printer paper, pen, 21.6cm x 35.6cm (8.5 x 14 inches), 2021.

All images courtesy of Garrett Lockhart and Pumice Raft