June 7 - September 9, 2016 | Reception: Friday June 3, 5-7pm.
Robert Hengeveld, Erratic Turns, mixed media installation, 2016
Toronto-based artist Robert Hengeveld’s newest site-specific work, Erratic Turns (2016), builds on his recent installation-based projects that explore human relationships to the natural environment. Using the genre of landscape as a site in which such relations can be explored, Hengeveld recreates a scene from nature where he literally balances a tree on top of a jagged rock. Staged in the centre of the gallery, and extending from wall to wall, Erratic Turns features a large fabricated toppled tree that freely pivots 360 degrees around the gallery space. Adorned by mechanical birds, which are activated upon detection of movement, both the edifice and assembly of the seemingly “natural” environment work to suspend viewer’s disbelief while at the same time challenge nationalistic representations of landscape.
Robert Hengeveld is an installation and multi-media artist who currently lives and works in Toronto, Canada. He completed his MFA at the University of Victoria in 2005. He recently ended his position as Artist-in-Residence at the University of Guelph in the School of Environmental Science. His work has been exhibited within Canada and internationally and is held in various public collections. Recent exhibitions include Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center (Buffalo US), Art Gallery of Guelph (Guelph CA), Art Athina (Athens, GC), EyeLevel Gallery (Halifax CA), and Mulherin Pollard Projects (NYC, US), and Opinion Makers (London UK). He is represented by Mulherin Toronto + New York.