It will bring a knowing chuckle to any parent who, week after week, heads to the local rink at some unbelievably early hour, coffee cup in hand, to fuel the hockey dreams of their offspring.
It will have anyone who has played or watched hockey see the sport and the whole culture that surrounds it in a whole new light.
The exhibition is made up of work by three women artists, Liz Pead, Liss Platt and Leah Modigliani, who capture the emotion, the excitement and the pride that surround Canada's national sport in their own unique way. Toronto artist Liz Pead has combined her love for the Canadian wilderness and Canada's favourite pastime into an unusual landscape composed entirely of discarded hockey gear that once graced the bottom of smelly hockey bags. She has also built tree-like structures made up of broken hockey sticks and equipment. She is a recent graduate from the Ontario College of Art and Design. Liss Platt, who boasts a mean slapshot, creates airy, colourful abstract art from the marks left on white boards by her fast-flying pucks. As the puck hurtles through the air, it transforms itself into a medium for creating works of art Ms. Platt is an Associate Professor in the Multimedia Program at McMaster University. See Wayne Gretzky's farewell speech, but hear it spoken by Leah Modigliani, a Canadian artist who now lives and works in New York City. She has recreated a 'rec' room to which we can all relate, highlighting the Great One and the hype and cult of celebrity surrounding hockey players. Ms. Modigliani attends Stony Brook University where she is finishing her PhD in art history and criticism.
The exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue with an essay by MacLaren Art Centre Curator Sandra Fraser and by hockey writer Dave Bidini.
Hockey Town was organized and circulated by the MacLaren Art Centre in Barrie.