Artist's Walks (2014)
The group show, Artists' Walks, was curated by Earl Miller and exhibited at Art Gallery of Peterborough from January 17 to March 16, 2014. The artists included were: Marlene Creates, Don Gill, Vera Greenwood, Barbara Lounder, Lisa Myers, Gwen MacGregor, and Samuel Rowlett.
The exhibition considers why artists’ walking projects have grown from the discrete practices of a handful of isolated artists to become popular enough to be called a genre. The artists in Artists’ Walks draw attention to the contemporary cultural imperatives that motivate artists to explore wayfinding and walking. One way that art walking has gained a wider audience is by incorporating a range of artistic media that do not merely document. Accordingly, Artists’ Walks enhances the everyday act of walking with photography, video, animation, performance, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, and GPS technology. Artists’ Walks illustrates how the peaceful, pastoral practice of walking still fits comfortably in the information age by, for one thing, reflecting artists’ nomadism in today’s globalized culture. Curator Michael Auping notes how the seminal walking artist Hamish Fulton’s work, like the art in this exhibition, “does not infer a retreat to nature from our meaningful understanding of one’s life on this planet.”
Earl Miller, Independent Curator
The Exercise and The Stakeout, from the series L’hôtel SofiCalle, 2001
12 framed photographs and map, 7 framed photographs
For L’hôtel SofiCalle Greenwood takes on the role of private investigator; her subject is Sophie Calle, the French conceptual artist. Greenwood chose Calle because of Calle’s artwork, La Filature (the Shadow 1981), in which the artist had her mother hire a private investigator to follow her. The surveillance photographs that the detective took comprised her exhibition. Furthermore, two years before, Calle followed strangers through Paris, not as an artwork but as a means of refamiliarizing herself with Paris, a city she had been absent from for seven years. L’hôtel SofiCalle, however, is not strictly about Sophie Calle and the near reenactment of her work. It is also self-reflective — a mediation on art as a way of altering an artist’s normative behaviour by following another individual, by role-playing, and by disguise. Finally, it stands as a political work for its potential to raise debate over the ethics of surveillance.
text by Earl Miller
Vera Greenwood's work (left), Gwen MacGregor's work (right)
Gwen MacGregor's work (left), Lisa Myer's work (centre), Don Gill's work (right)
Barbara Lounder's work (left), Lisa Myer's work (right)