Rotating exhibitions are displayed in the Weston Family Library. Open to the public during library hours.
Artworks by Ted Karkut
Tuesday, April 2, 2018 – Thursday, June 27, 2019
*Image: Detail from Willow Piece, 2018, willow leaves & acrylic on canvas
I work with plant materials that come from urban woodlands, wild areas and parklands. My favourites are maple, gingko, willow, black locust, sumac, and woodland sunflower. Occasionally, I’ll use more exotic sources (crushed spices, flamboyant tree pods).
Because of the fragility and ephemeral (not colour-fast) nature of my source material I have begun painting it to give it some permanence and to preserve that initial visual kick that only lasts so long with fallen leaves.
Ideally what I would like to accomplish in manipulating this plant matter away from its environs is to make it become something new: a vehicle for contemplation, poetic allusions and elegant thought.
Ted Karkut graduated with a Master’s degree in Library and Information Science (1979) from Western University.
His career was spent in the public library service in Toronto. Aside from this professional pursuit he has kept up exhibiting regularly, mostly in galleries throughout Ontario. He has also done work in publishing, writing, editing and design.
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