URBAN GLEANING at Propeller Centre for the Visual Arts (984 Queen West), to April 22. 416-504-7142. Rating: NNNN Rating: NNNN
It's rare that your first impres sion of an art show tickles your nostrils. At the Urban Gleaning group show, Stan Krzyzanowski 's 176 Slices quietly fills the space with the sweet smell of dried wood.
Mounted on the wall in neatly organized rows, cross-sections reveal the inner life of a tree. Bent and cracked from changes in humidity and temperature during its lifetime, they welcome the viewer's quiet contemplation of the intense life force of long-lived plants.
Fran Freeman 's two wall-mounted sculptures, Hive Consciousness, explore the link between the human body and the beehive.
Two seemingly sleeping androgynous bodies connect with the bees through their genitals, which have been replaced by pieces of beehive. Sound freaky? Not so. Freeman delivers a soft punch to our imagining of the human body.
The third artist of the Urban Gleaning trio is Ted Karkut , who showcases Shadow Pieces, approximately 130 carefully trimmed maple leaves attached to the wall with clay.
Its frail visual poetry becomes evident when you watch the small vibrations playing with the shadows on the wall. It's the joy of Zen without the pain of the lotus position.
The show doesn't focus on nature in the traditional sense. Nature and the city are perceived as one living organism and a playground for art, where all the toys are readily available. Urban Gleaning inspires the experience of Toronto.