Hi folks! Tara here, with a long-overdue post about the show I'm curating at the Ontario Crafts Council for City of Craft this year, Love and Money.
Love and Money is an exhibition that stems from my own preoccupation with the role of money in my art practice. Around the time I conceived of this theme, I worried a lot about money...I found myself struggling, and I remember specifically wondering if there would be a point in time where I would actually not be able to sustain my art practice. While the making of art is one matter-- I generally use cheap and plentiful materials so making work is usually not financially taxing (pardon the pun!) for me-- other matters such as presentation, framing, taking time off of work to produce work or participate in a residency are another. Sometimes I feel like money is the elephant in the room for art makers. Honest, creative dialogue about money (or a lack thereof) is uncommon, perhaps because the topic is simply too loaded and stressful.
Through Love and Money, I wanted to exhibit the work of artists and crafters who engage issues of money and making in creative ways. Much of the work in the show is playful, mischievous, smart and critical. I am so thrilled with how the show has panned out, so grateful to the eleven participating artists and I am looking so forward to it's run from December 16th to 31st!
Here is some more information about the show and reception on the 16th. Please come out and celebrate! Also, keep your eyes peeled on this blog for short Love and Money exhibitor profiles over the next few weeks, up until the show's opening.