Art Windsor-Essex respectfully acknowledges that we are located on Anishinaabe Territory – the traditional territory of the Three Fires Confederacy of First Nations, comprised of the Ojibway, the Odawa, and the Potawatomi. Today the Anishinaabe of the Three Fires Confederacy are represented by Bkejwanong. We want to state our respect for the ancestral and ongoing authority of Walpole Island First Nation over its Territory.
David Mabb: A Factory As It Might Be or The Hall of Flowers
August 9, 2003 - October 12, 2003
Over the past few years, David Mabb has produced paintings based on the work of designer, poet, and essayist William Morris (1834-96). A committed socialist, Morris believed that new manufacturing technologies alienated people from nature and from one another, and that industrialization removed workers from the creatiive aspects of craftsmanship. In this exhibition, six Morris wallpaper designs and nine paint colours provide the background for Mabb’s paintings and videos. He examines Morris’s designs and ideas relative to narious utopian visions of the future. The title of the exhibition suggests Morris’s desire to transform industrial societies into a paradise.