“Post Suzuki” is a consistently evolving exhibition bringing together artists postulating and examining aspects of environmentalism and the collective drive towards sustainability. These artists employ disparate and idiosyncratic mediums such as drawing, animation, installation and sound in an effort to collaborate with the natural world. In doing so they expose and examine many attitudes and aspects of the socio-environmental crux which Canada (and the rest of the world) finds itself in presently.
The quizzical ‘post’ prefacing the title of this exhibition characterizes a pessimistic and irreverent view of the future that repeatedly rears its head in the work of these artists. Envisioned is a post-apocalyptic wasteland wherein no living thing is left un-subjugated, every scrap of material is salvaged and utilized; a world in which global environmental consciousness is an antiquated notion.
Post Suzuki is an exposition of educated guesses and foregone conclusions regarding our natural world. Nihilistic and idealistic in turns, these artists all strive to counteract traditional artistic appropriations of nature (landscape, earthworks etc.) as an object to arrange and illustrate by including the wilderness as a propellant entity within creativity as an uncontrolled variable.