The Vocabulary of Water 

Date | 

Artists | 

July 12 -

September 8,

2019

Rebecca Jane

Houston

& Kelly Jazvac

 Publication | .PDF  or .EPUB 

Events | 

July 12 | 

July 13 | 

6-8PM

Opening Reception

7PM

Quiet Rural

Reading Riot 

Reading Series of 

Children &

Youth

10AM - 5PM

ArtsFEST!Finders

Keepers at 

Durham Art 

Gallery

July 15 - 19 | 

9AM - 3PM

ROCK, PAPER, 

SCISSORS:

Art&Science Edition |

Explosions,

bubbles, rainbows,

rocks, and more!

This camp is a

blast (pun intended!).

Working at times

independently and

cooperatively, this

camp will inspire

children to get

creative with science. 

July 23 | 

1PM 

Bring a Lunch!

Author Allen Smultylo 

Reads from The 

Memory of

Water. 

August 12 - 16 | 

9AM - 3PM

ROCK, PAPER, 

SCISSORS:

Art&Science

Edition | Explosions,

bubbles, rainbows,

rocks, and more!

This camp is a

blast (pun intended!).

Working at times

independently and

cooperatively, this

camp will inspire

children to get

creative with science. 

The exhibition, The Vocabulary of Water,  is void of water in image and actuality but is full to the brim with watery imaginings. Here on the bank of the Saugeen River, Durham Art Gallery is delighted to host an exhibition that features Lake Ontario. Artists Rebecca Jane Houston and Kelly Jazvac both address the Lake. Kelly considers it from deep below its surface, while Rebecca sticks to the shore. They are concerned with the place of plastics, specifically microplastics, in and around the great aqueous body. 

 

Through the vocabulary of water, can we expand our thinking around plastics, contamination, and human impact in relation to the precious liquid resource, freshwater? Is Lake Ontario so different from The Saugeen River? Do plastics not sit along our shores? What contaminants lay beneath? What settles into the bottom? Into Us? 

 

Accompanying the reception is the second edition of Quiet Rural Reading Riot.  On the evening of Friday July 12, 2019 at 7PM we will be hosting another reading for children and youth. Our last one was such a success, so please come early to snag a spot! 

[1]  The title of this exhibition takes its name from Dr. Tessa Elisabeth Fluence's 2015 dissertation titled,  A Vocabulary of Water: how water in contemporary art materialises the conditions of contemporaneity.  

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| Image | Kelly Jazvac, Forward Contamination (still)2017. Digital Video. 10:38

August 14 | 

10:30AM

Saugeen River Walk

with Saugeen 

Conservation

August 20 | 

7PM

Screening Documentary 

Resilience: Transforming

Our Community 

 

A Conversation with

Walkerton Clean Water

Centre's Manager of

Research and Technology 

Souleymane Ndiongue

Ph.D., P.Eng.