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All This Time

Curated by Jaclyn Quaresma

On display from 15 September 2016 -- 30 June 2017

Faith LaRocque chisel to carve light thoughts

The Art Museum presents All This Time, a new exhibition at the University of Toronto’s Jackman Humanities Institute. Organized for the Institute’s 2016-17 research theme Time, Rhythm and Pace, the exhibition brings together geologic samples and texts alongside artworks in diverse media by Carl Beam, Eric Cameron, Kelly Jazvac, Faith La Rocque, Micah Lexier, Ken Nicol, and Tamiko Thiel, to consider multiple ways of thinking and representing time.

    Since the discovery of deep time, geologists and other Earth scientists have divided time into Eons, Eras, Periods, Epochs and Ages. These fragments, or geochronological units, allow us to conceive of the earth’s 4.6 billion-year-old history.  They are, as their names suggests, Earth-sized units of time. Each time unit is defined by a Golden-Spike— a reference point in the rock that is most often caused by an event so great that it has left a mark on the rock record of the earth.
    Likewise, we segment time to fit a human scale: centuries, generations, decades, years, months, days and further still to hours, minutes, and even micro-seconds. However, these fractions are recorded in timelines, calendars and schedules. When compared to the vastness of the earth’s history it is easy for the human experience to appear insignificant. But, humans are currently the largest effectors of geologic change. We—who are currently in the Anthropocene, which follows the Holocene epoch, Quaternary period, Cenozoic era, and Phanerozoic eon—are the cause to another Golden-Spike, though the exact section and point in the strata is still up for debate. Once located this golden spike will mark the point when human and geologic time merge.
     Including Canadian and international artists of diverse generations and cultural backgrounds, the exhibition tends to the marks and measures that pace the human experience of time, from the brevity of a minute to the passage of a day, from the duration of centuries to millennia, and from the languid rhythm of geologic, deep time to a possible future. It asks ‘how do we account for time’?

Curated by Jaclyn Quaresma, a Master’s student in the MVS Curatorial Studies Program at the University of Toronto, the exhibition is produced by the Art Museum and generously supported by the Jackman Humanities Institute and the Canada Council for the Arts.

Event page for information about the exhibit launch on 15 September 2016

Image credit: Faith LaRocque, chisel to carve light thoughts, 2014. Photograph by Kim Yates, 2016.



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