Olia Mishchenko: The Expanded Gardens of Locus Solus

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Date(s) - Sunday, March 16, 2014
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Gairloch Gardens


Over the past several years, Toronto-based artist Olia Mishchenko has produced drawings of impossible architectural constructions and urban public spaces. For her exhibition at Oakville Galleries, Mishchenko has created a new body of work that takes as its point of departure the history of Gairloch Gardens—a site that has been made and re-made many times over. In delicate pen and ink, Mishchenko’s drawings depict the construction, modification and expansion of an imaginary park. While Gairloch Gardens’ particular history figures prominently into these works, the artist draws on a variety of cultivated landscapes, both experienced and fictional—as well as Raymond Roussel’s dazzling novel Locus Solus (1914)—to consider the ways that our natural landscapes, parks and gardens are shaped and managed.


Curated by Marnie Fleming, Curator of Contemporary Art.