Weather Amnesia

Lisa Hirmer, Watching, Dull Edges. 2017. Photograph, 24x16 inches, one of a series of six. Courtesy of the artist.

Lisa Hirmer, Watching, Dull Edges. 2017. Photograph, 24x16 inches, one of a series of six. Courtesy of the artist.

Lisa Hirmer, Watching, White Ibis, 2019. Archival pigment print on aluminum panel, 24x36 inches; triptych. Courtesy of the artist.

Lisa Hirmer, Watching, White Ibis, 2019. Archival pigment print on aluminum panel, 24x36 inches; triptych. Courtesy of the artist.

Tania Kitchell, Weather Observations, paper. 24x31.5 inches. Courtesy of the artist.

Tania Kitchell, Weather Observations, paper. 24x31.5 inches. Courtesy of the artist.

Tania Kitchell, Occupy, 2012. 3D-printed ABS plastic, dimensions vary. Courtesy of the artist.

Tania Kitchell, Occupy, 2012. 3D-printed ABS plastic, dimensions vary. Courtesy of the artist.

Florence Vale, Pregnant Bird, 1961. Watercolour and collage, 15.24x12.065 cm. Gift by bequest of Dorothy MacPherson, 1995. The University College Collection

Florence Vale, Pregnant Bird, 1961. Watercolour and collage, 15.24x12.065 cm. Gift by bequest of Dorothy MacPherson, 1995. The University College Collection

Curator
Yuluo Wei
Start Date
18, Sep, 2019
End Date
30, Jun, 2020

How often do we take note of the strange weather? With the onset of global climate change, weather patterns historically used by societies to anchor and frame the concept of seasonality are becoming less predictable and reliable. Traditional tales guiding ideal preparation, planting and harvesting times lose their value as knowledge, and all life on earth, from insects to plants, from farmers to fishermen, and from insurance companies to industrial giants, are forced to evolve and accommodate to new circumstances.

At the same time, the increasingly urban nature of our lives, with climate control and accessibility to global goods and services, effectively insulates us from change. Living within modernity's capacity and mechanics of control, it is easy to forget (and even deny) the abundant evidence of change outside. The artists’ works included in "Weather Amnesia" offer visual insight into the profound disruptions that are under way. With strangeness becoming the new normal, the exhibition makes us wonder and think about what kind of future awaits us.

Supported by the Art Museum at the University of Toronto, the Canada Council for the Arts and the Ontario Arts Council.