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Among the Drupes (Elegy for a Wasteland)

July 1, 2023 @ 12:00 pm - January 7, 2024 @ 4:00 pm

An exhibition organized by the Varley Art Gallery of MarkhamFeaturing the work of Cole Swanson and F. H. Varley (1881-1969) Curated by Anik Glaude in collaboration with Aditi Desai, John Abrams, and Niamh O’Laoghaire.Multispecies artist and scholar Cole Swanson explores the dynamic and vulnerable life story of the accidental, urban wilderness. For eight months, Swanson built a close relationship with the last remaining groves of staghorn sumac (Rhus typhina) on the West Toronto Rail Path, currently under construction. Through video, material process, and installation art, Swanson honours and cares for the site’s wayward ecology in which native, invasive, and naturalized species survive together amidst the precarity of our times. Engaging with Frederick Varley’s field sketches of sumac, and creating a suite of natural materials from the organic, mineral, and human-made constituents of the site, Swanson demonstrates how art can move us to bear witness, attend to, and form unlikely kinships within our more-than-human communities.HoursTuesday to Friday: 12 to 4 PMSaturday and Sunday: 10 AM to 5 PMMonday: Closed

Free Admission

Image credit: courtesy of the artist


July 1, 2023 @ 12:00 pm
January 7 @ 4:00 pm
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Varley Art Gallery
216 Main Street Unionville
Markham, Ontario L3R 2H1 Canada
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