A Play on Nature
Ontario-based artists Viktor Tinkl and Joseph Calleja share a fundamental joy in the making of things. And while their respective artistic paths are divergent, both have spent more than five decades exploring the nature of things, playing with materials and concepts in unorthodox and unexpected ways. Their approach to art making is open ended and exploratory, beyond traditional or sanctioned boundaries. And there is both rapture and wonder in their shared visions of nature, a curiosity and connection to their materials and perceptions of the world around them that disarms and engages at every turn. A Play on Nature presents Tinkl’s masterful Bird Trees (four larger-than-life kinetic trees in which a flock of carved birds reconstitute the foliage) together with a selection of Joseph Calleja’s whimsical and provocative plant sculptures. Together the artists rethink and reshape form and content, transforming elements of our natural world into objects that are extraordinary, lasting and animate.