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Noel Harding:
Rejuvenations: Appliances for Beauty

january 15 - June 15, 2012

Six photo­graphic images doc­u­ment­ing sculptural work of the Cana­dian visual artist Noel Hard­ing

The art of Noel Hard­ing "questions the relation­ship between nature and technology and man's social and eco­logical exis­tence. Delib­erately the­atrical, often mon­u­mental in scale and incorporating new technology, [his pieces] explore the visual prop­er­ties of mate­rials seldom used to cre­ate sculp­ture. Hard­ing's highly personal vision encompasses nat­ural ele­ments in a surpris­ing manner. The artist's fas­cination with organic and syn­thetic systems of living allows us to expe­ri­ence nature in an unprecedented way."

-John Bentley Mays
is an award-winning writer on con­temporary archi­tec­ture and visual art.





 


Airports are exhi­bi­tion spaces in tran­sition as transient junc­tures. These photographs like the trav­eler, gather together momentarily at the gate before con­tin­u­ing. As portrai­tures these photographs of Hard­ing's installations cap­ture a fleeting display of sculp­ture acting in and on the world.

Each photo­graph doc­u­ments and unites a poet­ically fanciful, whimsical vision under­pinning a dynamic of human systems. From commodity to consumption a romance for nature 'lost' is suggested in juxtapo­sitions of the nat­ural, the arti­ficial and the techno­logical. Conceptual impact is rooted in unconventional ges­tured constructions each formed to interrogate human­ity's relation­ship to technology and the envi­ron­ment.

Noel Hard­ing, is an international Cana­dian artist rec­ognized for mon­u­mental scale public art projects. His works can be found in numer­ous col­lections including The Museum of Modern Art, New York; The Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto; The National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa; Le Palais des Beaux Arts, Brus­sels and The Hara Museum, Tokyo. Hard­ing has been fea­tured in more than 70 solo shows and included in over 100 group exhi­bi­tions through­out the world.