Mel Gausden | Future Museums | Advance Preview

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Bau-Xi Gallery | Dufferin is thrilled to present Future Museums, the highly anticipated solo exhibition by Ontario-based artist, Mel Gausden. 

Artist Statement:

"This series of paintings is a record of and ode to the forests and lakes that have
played a major role in my life. Unfortunately, most of these places have already
undergone significant changes, and some have disappeared altogether due to
disasters such as wildfires, emerald ash borer, oak wilt, and urban sprawl. These
paintings celebrate the fact that the forests were here; they were lyrical and wild
and deserved much more respect than we gave them.

Compositionally, the paintings are set in the middle of the forest, surrounded by
trees. This is an acknowledgment of the direct relationship we have with the
ecosystem. There’s no longer a facade that we are apart from the consequences of
climate change. No one gets to stand back on a vista and look on from afar. For all
of these pieces, I chose to paint using early morning light or evening light. This is a
metaphor for the state of the environment. It asks; are we at the end? Has corporate
greed and inertia condemned the climate? Or is it a slow beginning where we
create real change that mitigates the climate crisis? I hope it’s the latter, but if not,
I’m grateful for being able to connect and learn from the forests while they were
still here." - Mel Gausden, 2024

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Mel Gausden | Future Museums
July 11-31, 2024
Bau-Xi Gallery | Dufferin, Main Floor Gallery 
1384 Dufferin Street, Toronto
Opening Reception: Thursday, July 11th, 5-8 PM | ARTIST IN ATTENDANCE 

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