The Contemporary Art Gallery presents a major exhibition of recent work by Canadian artist Shary Boyle. Through drawing, sculpture, painting, writing and performance Boyle creates installations that examine a range of psychological and emotional situations rooted in a fictional world. Her position is at once feminist, yet poetic, located within dreamlike states. Tense with troubled emotions, possessing an expressive immediacy and poised between grace and strangeness, her portraits and ‘genre scenes' read as allegories of the human condition. Their resolutely symbolic language raises bold perspectives on the present, revealing a conscience haunted by a consideration of the morals of our world today. Centring on heredity, sexuality and death, and the nature of our place within the greater animal kingdom, these conditions form a visual investigation into the complex links between the individual and society a whole.
Flesh and Blood is curated by Louise Déry and is accompanied by a new publication on Shary Boyle, hardcover, which includes images of work in the exhibition, available for purchase at the gallery, priced $40.
The exhibition is organized and circulated by Galerie de l'UQAM (Université du Québec à Montréal) in Partnership with the Art Gallery of Ontario and with the collaboration of the Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver, with the support of The Canada Council for the Arts and the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec.