April 28 – May 20, 2018
Opening Reception: April 28, 2-5 PM
Artist Conversation: May 20, 3-5 PM
Wider than the sky is an exhibition of large woodcuts and a mixed media project by Libby Hague, produced enthusiastically in the OCADU Digital Painting Residency.
“My work examines complex social relationships in a precarious world. I feel that everything we value (ourselves, our relationships, our country, our planet) is fragile and we have to find a way not to be overwhelmed by the anger and noise around us and work together to find common ground.”
Wider than the sky uses the imagination to locate patterns that bring the vast macro and micro scales of science (the cosmos, DNA) together with text and objects, the daily gestures and concerns of a clamorous world. It’s like looking at the stars and thinking “Here I am, part of this in some small way.” It’s not a lonely thought; it connects us to an orderly universe – one growing infinitesimally more comprehensible – a comforting thought right now.
Rather than attempting to overwhelm the viewer, the artist leaves “breathing spaces” in these complex systems, breaks for perspective and attention, to reaffirm human values of kindness and consideration and let us listen to each other.
Libby Hague has a hybrid practice of printmaking and installation. Her recent exhibitions include The past is never over: a retrospective, Art Gallery of Mississauga; Inventing Hope, Idea Exchange, Ontario; Departures – Masterpieces of Canadian Printing, Ardell Gallery of Modern Art, Bangkok; Habitat, Harbourfront, Toronto.
Find Libby online at http://libbyhague.com/.