As city dwellers, nature calls to us from memory, both inherent and experienced.In I keep trying to tell you, approximately 200 individual pods made of fibre and beeswax with an embedded audio element evoke this connection to the memory of “other place”. That which is constructed by human hands becomes a sensory gateway to connect with memories of nature.
Leslie Putnam is an artist and educator working out of Thorndale Ontario. She earned her BFA from Concordia University in Quebec, with a Major in Studio Art, and BEd from Western University in Ontario.
Putnam’s work includes exhibitions in France, Portugal and Luxembourg where she lived and worked from her studio at the publicly funded Schleiffmillen. In Ontario, her work has been presented in several solo and group exhibitions including Nuit Blanche 2011 in Toronto. As a multi disciplinary artist, her studio production ranges from explorations using sound within sculptural pieces to large installation works made from natural materials.
In 2010 she and her partner David Bobier formed the o‚Äôhoney collective.
Curated by Helena Frei & Chris Mitchell, Hard Twist 10 Memory winds its way through textiles, a constant thread that runs through the earliest archaeological fragments, the latest experimental synthetics and everything in between. Textiles hold memory, recall memory, record – and occasionally obscure – memory. In some recent incarnations they even have memory. Opening reception on September 10th 7-10pm on the 3rd and 4th floors galleries. On view August 27, 2015 to December 27, 2015 on the 3rd and 4th floors of the hotel.