1 North Square, Cambridge, ON
“Out of some persistent sense of large-scale ruin, we kept inventing hope.” – Don DeLillo, White Noise
Libby Hague’s work examines complex social relationships in a precarious and interconnected world. Inventing Hope begins with violence—the kick—and moves toward kindness. An abstracted, seemingly impenetrable forest crosses the gallery, shifting from a dark to a light palette, punctuated by small gleaming video projections. Wall sculptures, abstract when at rest, are transformed by viewer engagement into an attempt to communicate through keyword sign language gestures.
The words we try to learn come from King Lear’s speech on the heath, “Poor naked wretches”, where Lear begins to feel for the difficulties of others. Sign language adds its own layer of poignancy to Shakespeare’s insights. The installation investigates the possibility of “teaching” empathy, not only to the puppet/sculptures but also to ourselves. It considers empathy as a way to create invisible, sustaining human connections that parallel the cords that bind, connect and control the sculptural elements. As with instructional video, perhaps if we practice, we can move forward and become better people.
Friday Night ART Live Opening Friday November 27, 7:00pm
Libby Hague is a visual artist, who works primarily in print installation and has an extensive exhibition history in Canada and abroad. She has had over 55 solo exhibitions, notably at the Centre Clark, the Art Gallery of Ontario, YYZ artist’s outlet, La Centrale and the Art Gallery of Mississauga. Residencies include Banff; Araseanna, Ireland; and Hospitalfield Arts, Scotland. International exhibitions include the University of the Arts, Tokyo, Japan (with Rochelle Rubinstein); IMPACT 7, Melbourne, Australia; NYC (IPCNY); Novosibirsk, Siberia; The Civic Art Museum, Cremona; Chung Shan National Gallery, Taiwan and the Galati Museum, Romania.
Fall Lecture Series: Libby Hague
University of Waterloo School of Architecture, Main Lecture Hall
Monday, November 9, 2015, 7:00 – 9:00pm
Inventing Hope: Experiment for a closing
Idea Exchange, Queen's Square