Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba: Diana Thorneycroft, June 28 - August 24

Diana Thorneycroft - "Black Forest (dark waters)"

June 28 - August 24

Opening Reception: June 28, 7:30PM

This exhibition brings together Diana Thorneycroft's three most recent bodies of work, "Herd", "The Village", and "Black Forest (Dark Waters)". Consisting of more than one hundred and sixty toy horses galloping up a ramp into the gallery wall, "Herd" marks a new visual vocabulary for Thorneycroft. While the familiar shapes and the stiff action poses remain for some of the classic plastic horses, others are disfigured and morphed: melted, mangled, and altered with prosthetics, pieces of wood, nails, badger claws, bones, hair, and teeth. These horses appear at once vulnerable and powerful, tamed and wild. Meanwhile, the adjoining series of photographs and architectural structures in "The Village" and "Black Forest (Dark Waters)" explore the relationship between horses and the humanoid keepers of their herd. The horses, herdsmen, and their interactions exist in the realm of the uncanny and the grotesque; informed by fairy tales and mythology, the Black Forest is a dangerous place that provides the stage for intersecting dynamics of power, violence, ritual, desire, and care.

This project was supported by the Manitoba Arts Council and the Winnipeg Arts Council.

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