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Contemporary Art Gallery

555 Nelson Street

Vancouver, Canada
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17 Nov 89until16 Dec 89

Spring Hurlbut

555 Hamilton St

A close up view of the top of a capital column sculpture. Ram horns protrude from the sides of the column.

The Contemporary Art Gallery is pleased to present a new installation work by Toronto artist Spring Hurlbut. Hurlbut has exhibited extensively in eastern Canada and represented Canada in the 1987 São Paulo Biennale. Her in situ plaster works and tree column installations have been shown in both gallery and outdoor contexts, most recently in at Artcite in Windsor, Ontario and on the campus grounds at York University.

For this, her first exhibition in Vancouver, Hurlbut will present Sacrificial Column which uses a twelve foot tree trunk with a capital incorporating rams horns, and plaster “egg and dart” moulding works installed high on the surrounding gallery walls. In these works Hurlbut investigates the origins of the relationship between natural form and the ordering principle of architecture, and by implication, the often problematic relationship between nature and mankind. The natural form of the tree trunk is disrupted, albeit harmoniously, by the crafted elements of capital and base and by its surrounding context of living trees or gallery walls.

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