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PARK by Derek Dunlop, Opening Reception at Martha Street Studio

  • Marth Street Studio 11 Martha Street Winnipeg Canada (map)

Exhibition Dates: Friday May 4th - Saturday June 16th, 2018

Opening Reception*: Friday May 4th, 5-8 pm *artist will be in attendance

Artist talk*: Saturday May 5th, 3 pm *ASL interpretation made available by request

“For groups constituted by historical injury, the challenge is to engage with the past without being destroyed by it. Sometimes it seems it would be better to move on - to let, as Marx wrote, the dead bury the dead. But it is the damaging aspects of the past that tend to stay with us, and the desire to forget may itself be a symptom of haunting…” and she concludes, “…The dead can bury the dead all day long and still not be done.” Heather Love from her book, Feeling Backward: Loss and the Politics of Queer History

PARK includes work created after a multi-year engagement with various regions in North America — all cruising sites where men have historically met each other away from the prohibitions of society. The exhibition includes a floor sculpture, a series of monoprints, and several digital prints. PARK is part of an ongoing series of works that engage with how natural spaces, queer behaviours, and capitalism are all entangled in a continual state of becoming. All the work in the show speaks to the condition of constant change — of growth, decay and mutation.