January 28, 2023 – April 15, 2023
Burner Herzog statement:
“Near our home is an abandoned sawdust burner, the last one we have been told still standing in Ontario. This abandoned burner is a ‘vestigial’ implement that the logging industry would have used regularly to incinerate the sawdust made from processing cut trees. We’ve often worked toward illuminating the idea that industry and landscape are interlinked. These abandoned industrial structures have long been a major subject matter of our art making. We believe the natural world is conceptual, it is “culture before water, wood, rock” (Simon Schama) and Canada’s landscape is haunted with our industrial past. This haunting is where our work exists.”
-Gary and Victoria
Gary Blundell was born in London, England and immigrated to Canada in 1962. He is a geologist with a science degree from the University of Waterloo. Gary is a recipient of many grants including the Chalmers Fellowship Arts award from the Ontario Arts Council. His has exhibited across Canada and England. His work can be found in collections such as The Art Gallery of Peterborough, The Art Gallery of Sudbury, St. Michaels College in Toronto, and the National Coal Mining Museum of England among others. He was recently hosted by Parks Canada on the east coast and was artist-in-residence at the Art House in Yorkshire England, the Straumur Arts Commune in Iceland, the Norfolk Arts Centre in Simcoe Ontario and at Pouch Cove in Newfoundland. His work can be seen on his website, www.hotspurstudio.com and on Instagram @hotspurstudio.
Victoria Ward is a rural Ontario based writer and painter. She was a playwright in the 90s in Toronto and worked with many major theatre companies. Recently she mounted a revised version of a 1992 solo performance with a collective at The Theatre on King in Peterborough in the fall of 2021. A filmed version is in production. She has had over forty exhibitions throughout Canada and in the UK since 2000 when she decided to become a visual artist. Ward also writes including essays for catalogues, reviews, and content for cultural websites. Her work can be seen on her website, www.hotspurstudio.com, on Instagram @hotspurstudio and through Blue Thornbury Gallery in the Blue Mountain area. Ward is also an active twitter user @hotspurstudio.