A SaltWire Network Publication

Top News

Struts Gallery exhibition to feature ‘cybernetically altered’ bees

Pictured is one of the bees, which Halifax artist Ruth Marsh preserves and meticulously repairs using discarded technology, that will be featured in a new exhibition opening at Struts Gallery & Faucet Media Arts Centre on March 11. PHOTO SUBMITTED
Pictured is one of the bees, which Halifax artist Ruth Marsh preserves and meticulously repairs using discarded technology, that will be featured in a new exhibition opening at Struts Gallery & Faucet Media Arts Centre on March 11. PHOTO SUBMITTED

SACKVILLE, N.B. – Struts Gallery & Faucet Media Arts Centre are ready to open Ideal Bounds, an exhibition of works by Halifax artist Ruth Marsh, which will be on view from March 11 to April 8 at 7 Lorne Street.

Ideal Bounds imagines a hypothetical near future where the world’s bees have succumbed to colony collapse disorder. This wry, dystopian exhibition plays with the signifiers one finds in present-day museum exhibits depicting species that have become extinct due to human causes.

Marsh has been creating the multi-disciplinary and community-engaged series of works that make up Ideal Bounds since 2011. Contributions of found dead bees are mailed to Marsh’s Halifax studio from individuals across Canada. The bees are preserved and meticulously repaired using discarded technology. The newly restored bees are then given life, frame-by-frame, through the process of stop motion animation.

The hundreds of mended and refurbished bees line shelves in the gallery space, each in its own small glass case. Viewers are further invited to engage with this grotesque narrative by taking in the DIY instructional video Bee Taxidermy: A How To Guide that demonstrates the step-by-step process of restoring one’s own bee. On an opposite wall the stop-motion work, Reanimate, presents a vision of a cybernetically altered hive populated by bee automatons.

Marsh is a multidisciplinary artist based out of Halifax, N.S. Her work uses a poetic, absurd and often comically deadpan approach to address loss, absence and longing in the context of living creatures and the natural world. Since graduating from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in 2006, her practice has spanned painting, drawing, taxidermy, video, performance, installation and stop-motion animation. Her work has been shown in galleries, museums and festivals in Canada and the US.

All are invited to a public reception for the new exhibition on Friday, March 11, from 5-7 p.m.

This exhibition is made possible through support from the Canada Council for the Arts, the New Brunswick Department of Tourism, Heritage, and Culture, and Arts Nova Scotia.

Struts Gallery & Faucet Media Arts Centre is located at 7 Lorne Street in Sackville, N.B. Gallery hours are 1-5 p.m., seven days a week and admission is free.

For more information contact Amanda Fauteux, program manager, at 506-536-1211, info@strutsgallery.ca, or visit www.strutsgallery.ca.

 

 

 

 

Ideal Bounds imagines a hypothetical near future where the world’s bees have succumbed to colony collapse disorder. This wry, dystopian exhibition plays with the signifiers one finds in present-day museum exhibits depicting species that have become extinct due to human causes.

Marsh has been creating the multi-disciplinary and community-engaged series of works that make up Ideal Bounds since 2011. Contributions of found dead bees are mailed to Marsh’s Halifax studio from individuals across Canada. The bees are preserved and meticulously repaired using discarded technology. The newly restored bees are then given life, frame-by-frame, through the process of stop motion animation.

The hundreds of mended and refurbished bees line shelves in the gallery space, each in its own small glass case. Viewers are further invited to engage with this grotesque narrative by taking in the DIY instructional video Bee Taxidermy: A How To Guide that demonstrates the step-by-step process of restoring one’s own bee. On an opposite wall the stop-motion work, Reanimate, presents a vision of a cybernetically altered hive populated by bee automatons.

Marsh is a multidisciplinary artist based out of Halifax, N.S. Her work uses a poetic, absurd and often comically deadpan approach to address loss, absence and longing in the context of living creatures and the natural world. Since graduating from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in 2006, her practice has spanned painting, drawing, taxidermy, video, performance, installation and stop-motion animation. Her work has been shown in galleries, museums and festivals in Canada and the US.

All are invited to a public reception for the new exhibition on Friday, March 11, from 5-7 p.m.

This exhibition is made possible through support from the Canada Council for the Arts, the New Brunswick Department of Tourism, Heritage, and Culture, and Arts Nova Scotia.

Struts Gallery & Faucet Media Arts Centre is located at 7 Lorne Street in Sackville, N.B. Gallery hours are 1-5 p.m., seven days a week and admission is free.

For more information contact Amanda Fauteux, program manager, at 506-536-1211, info@strutsgallery.ca, or visit www.strutsgallery.ca.

 

 

 

 

Recent Stories