Collection Count + Care seeks relationships within and conversations across the collection. What stories does the collection tell? / Prise en compte, prise à cœur cherche à tisser des liens et des dialogues entre les œuvres de la collection. Quelles histoires la collection raconte-t-elle?
Speaker / Présentatrice
Sebastian De Line, Associate Curator, Care and Relations / conservateur associé, Solidarité et relations
Works / Œuvres :
Nobuo Kubota, “Roctoc” and “Tocroc” (from the “Atonement” series) / “Roctoc” et “Tocroc” (de la série “Réconciliation”), 1986, photolithograph on paper, 23/30 – photolithographie sur papier, 23/30. Gift of Nobuo Kubota, 2006 / Don de Nobuo Kubota, 2006
Isah Papialuk, “Head (Hear No Evil)” / “Tête (N’écoute pas le mal)”, unknown date / date inconnue, soapstone / pierre à savon. John and Mary Robertson Collection of Inuit Art, 1990 / Collection d’art inuit John et Mary Robertson, 1990
Ted Rettig, “The kindness of others, version 2” / “La bonté des autres,” version 2, 2004–2006, mixed media: wood, paint, vinyl lettering, limestone, felt, earthenware, steel, mussel shells, glue and hardware / techniques mixtes : bois, peinture, lettrage en vinyle, calcaire, feutre, faïence, acier, coquilles de moules, colle et quincaillerie. Gift of Alice Wong-Rettig, 2006 / Don d’Alice Wong-Rettig, 2006
“Metamorphic Folded Rock,” 1.1 billion years old, Salmon River, near Tamworth, Ontario / “Roche métamorphique plissée,” 1,1 milliard d’années, rivière Salmon, près de Tamworth, Ontario. On loan from the Miller Museum of Geology, Queen’s University, donated by Dr D. Carmichael / Prêt du Musée de géologie Miller, Université Queen’s, don du Dr D. Carmichael
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>> As one enters the gallery, a table
is situated in the centre of the room.
This installation by Ted
Rettig, “The kindness of others,
version 2” encompasses an interdependency
of many beings propping each other up.
Bricks on the floor prop up the table legs,
while the fourth leg is a
branch of a tree with mussel shells.
On top of the table, a terra cotta dish
is placed alongside a piece of limestone.
Here, a poem reads “the deep kindness
of others, the deep kindness of the air,
the deep kindness of water, the deep kindness
of the warmth of the sun, the deep deep kindness
of light, the deep deep kindness of plants
and animals, the rich kindness of the earth,
the gentle kindness of a peaceful night.”
The animacy and agency of beyond-human relatives and
our kinships with them as well as the ethics
of relations are important themes to the artist,
Nobuo Kubota, Ted Retticg, and Isah Papialuk.
In Kubota’s “Tocroc” and “Roctoc”, you see the
artist comfortably laying down next to a rock.
Both of them are wearing headphones while in one
of the images, Kubota is speaking to the rock
and in the other image, he’s pointing the
mic at the rock listening to a response.
The photographs act like stills
in what could be an interview
for a documentary film, a
radio or news broadcast.
In “Head (Hear No Evil)”, by Isaac Papialuk, a soapstone
figure looks outward with pursed lips,
cupping his ears with both hands.
He chooses not to hear or speak what he sees.
Stones are our oldest relatives on
Earth, the longest living witnesses
to all which has passed amongst them.
In the spirit of Kubota’s prompt,
we’ve included the presence of one
of the most ancient rocks living in the region,
a 1.1 billion year old folded metamorphic rock
which came from the Salmon River, a
45-minute drive north of Kingston.
This rock was part of the early creation
of the Grenville Mountains,
which were at that time as
tall as the Himalayas.
The visitor is invited to sit
down with this ancient grandparent
and listen to what they have to share.
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