An Opulence of Squander

The Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery
September 3 – December 8, 2024

Image: Kelly Wood, Garbage Bag (Negative), 1997,
Part of the series Continuous Garbage Project.
Collection of the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, Anonymous Gift, 2005.

Forthcoming exhibition curated by Weiyi Chang.

Featuring works by Lorna Brown, Alexandra Dikeakos, Geoffrey Hendricks, Stu Horn, Deborah Koenker, Richard Ibghy & Marilous Lemmens, Mike MacDonald, Robert Rauschenberg, Soft Turns, Howard Ursuliak, and Kelly Wood.
An Opulence of Squander features artworks from the Belkin’s collection and beyond that critique the imperative for growth at all costs, growth that has contributed to our collective ecological and social conundrum. The works – including those by Richard Ibghy & Marilou Lemmens, Mike MacDonald and Kelly Wood – critique and resist the growth imperative, recognizing both the limits to productivity and the contradictory ideological premises that foster and justify the continued exploitation of labour and nature.

Weiyi Chang (she/her) is an independent writer and curator. Currently the 2023-24 Writer-in-Residence at Gallery 44, Toronto, Weiyi’s work and research gravitates around the nexus between climate change and capitalism, and the legal, political, and social forces that sanction environmental violence.

Weiyi was a 2019–20 Helena Rubinstein Curatorial Fellow at the Whitney Museum of American Art’s Independent Study Program. She holds a MA in Art History (Critical & Curatorial Studies) from the University of British Columbia and a BA (Honours) Major in Art History and Major in Philosophy from Western University.

Weiyi’s work has been made possible thanks to support from the Canada Council for the Arts, British Columbia Arts Council, Killy Foundation, and the Audain Foundation.

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