Main Gallery & Helen Christou Gallery
Guest curator: Ryan Doherty
Main Gallery – August 26 – October 7, 2005
Helen Christou Gallery – August 26 – October 14, 2005
Reception: September 17, 10 am – 6 pm (reception part of Lethbridge’s city-wide ARTWALK festival).
There is a moment in our lives when we realize that we are but mortals, here to reap the bounty of life and then, inevitably, die. It is at this instant we begin our obsession with mortality. This fixation is firmly established in Fine Art with the tradition of vanitas: moralistic paintings made to incite reflection upon death and the fragility of human existence. While vanitas paintings were initially relegated to 17th Century Dutch still lifes, artists continue to approach mortality from multiple perspectives. This exhibition of works from the U of L collection presents works by Bertram Brooker, Jim Dine, Eldon Garnet, Arthur Lismer, Pegi MacLeod, Julien Schnabel, Tony Urquhart and others irresistibly drawn to the ephemerality of life.