The Hooded Slang

Katie Bethune-Leamen
October 30, 2010 to December 4, 2010

Toronto artist Katie Bethune-Leamen explores the life of 19th century explorer Robert Peary--who trudged through the snows of Greenland, eventually discovering meteorites--to examine what images really tell us.

What do the images you see everyday, on TV, in the media, tell us?  Is there a final moment to these ideas or is everything in the midst of becoming?

Bethune-Leamen's videos, sculptures (she builds her own version of a  meteorite for this exhibition) and paintings make you think twice about the images being presented and those you see daily. This exhibition presents several video projections including a re-enactment of Robert Peary surrounded by the northern landscape. The new work is the continuation of the themes she began exploring in the 'dazzle ships' paintings she exhibited at The Latcham Gallery last year. Dazzle camouflage was used extensively on ships in World War I and to a lesser extent in World War II; but the designs can also remind you of stark northern landscapes.

Many viewers are familiar with Bethune-Leamen's giant 20-foot tall mushroom, complete with windows, a door and a working studio inside, which she built for her first solo show and exhibited in the Toronto Sculpture Garden between Mary 2008 and April 2009.

She challenges viewers to think about the role of pop culture, the role of the artist and how illusion and reality play out in the media.

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