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.
December 18, 1996 - June 1, 1998
Montreal curator, Renee Baert, has responded to the Gallery’s location in a shopping mall with an innovative exhibition designed specially for this consumer environment. Placed near the entrance to the gallery for the next year will be a custom-deisgned display case showing artworks that will be changed about once a month.
Displayed as precious objects in a mass market setting, these artworks take on new meanings. The curator has selected a group of Canadian, British and American artists whose sculptures and installations often transform everyday things and consumer good into compelling, mysterious objects. Their artworks allude to the complex meaning of fetish – a talisman, as object of desire, as an alluring possession.
Unlike many exhibitions that play upon generic “public” spaces, fetish focuses on the allure and entrapments of compelling objects. The objects displayed as “precious” complicate the processes of visual consumption in various ways. Baert concentrates on foregrounding works that utilize alluring and recognizable everyday objects with a relationship to commodity. In the space of the Devonshire Mall these works develop new potential for provocation, cultural play and critique.
Carrie Mae Weems