Shorelines by Metal Six
September 3 – October 2, 2021 | Opening Reception, Friday, September 3
Kristen Bishop | Brigitte Clavette,RCA | Kristyn Cooper | Kristianne Levesque | Erica Stanley | Audrée Hamelin St-Amour
In this exhibition, each member focuses on the macro and micro views that the shoreline offers. Some are inspired and respond to the fine details that a beachcombing session can glean. Using found materials and creating sculptural and wearable objects. (Kristen Bishop and Audrée Hamelin St-Amour). Others respond to a greater view of the inhabitants of the ocean. (Erica Stanley). Imagined landscapes house brooches inspired by worn seaside sheds and structures (Brigitte Clavette), small colourful vessel forms come alive, like microscopic sea life (Kristyn Cooper) and agates and rocks are embedded into jewellery (Kristianne Levesque).
The shoreline is a place that is constantly shifting, offering up new textures with every wave-set. It is a place of aggression, recession, boundary, and boundary transgression. What washes up doesn’t leave how it came: some bits stay, some get splayed out westward, and others stay in the doldrums of the wave they came in on. Collections, trinkets, fascinators—are all breeders of texture, and texture is the single material way we anticipate how we might grip that which we see (or think we see) in advance, caressing in on the tide. Metal Six offers us just such textural healing in their group show, Shorelines.
Clavette’s painted board landscape backdrops force the viewer to leave their comfortable 2-foot approach, and instead stick their eyeballs in from the side to find the metal leaping and blending with the backdrop, creating intimate dimensionality. Erica’s Stanley’s Brink of Extinction—with its uncomfortable mixture of brass, silver, and wax—feels like a carnival game of epic planetary proportions, one where we are playing for our lives and the lives of those co-living with us, here, now, nowhere else. In general, there is a generous antagonism to these works from Metal Six that makes me think about the arts of infrastructure and their closeness to our daily breath, I’m drawn to the future uses of the used up, and I’m left pondering (in the corner) the Whaleish lives that make us—and that might still make us stylish—that propose implicitly a grand upcycling, a constant revisioning, re-burnishing, scratching, and fabrication of our uncommon future.
~ Joel Mason, Artistic Director, Sunbury Shores.