A Little Larger Than the Entire Universe: An Intergalactic Reading Room

Date | 

Artists | 

September 13 -

December 8

2019

Véronique Sunatori

Events | 

September 13 |

6-8PM

Opening Reception

7PM

Quiet Rural

Reading Riot 

Reading Series of 

Children &

Youth

RURAL READING RIOT
OCTOBER 24,

6 - 7:30 PM
This free program will start off with a tour of the current exhibition. We will then settle into the reading room to discuss "It Can Grow!" by Trish Salah from the anthology MEANWHILE, ELSEWHERE: Science Fiction and Fantacy from Transgender Writers ed. by Cat Fitzpatrick and Casey Plett, while we munch on some goodies!

ROCK, PAPER, SCISSORS: SQUISH
OCTOBER 25,

2 - 3:30 PM
Inspired by our current exhibition, we'll be squishing along and having some fun with fast drying clay, dyes and plants!

WORKSHOP with Buddy Wakefield NOVEMBER 1, 2019
10 - 12 PM
At The Harmony Centre, Owen Sound

READING with Alicia Elliott

NOVEMBER 1, 2019

1:30PM
At M’Wikwedong Indigenous Friendship Centre

PERFORMANCE with Prufrock Shadowrunner, Lishai Peel, and Buddy Wakefield
NOVEMBER 1, 2019
7:30 PM

At The Harmony Centre +

 

Bus pickup:
6:15 PM
Durham Town Hall

6:40 PM

Williamsford Pie Company

Return:
Bus will depart from the Harmony Centre in Owen Sound at 10 PM

WORKSHOP with Charlie Petch

NOVEMBER 2, 2019
10 - 12PM
At Durham Town Hall

WORKSHOP Prufrock Shadowrunner NOVEMBER 2, 2019
2 - 4PM
At Durham Town Hall

PERFORMANCES by Coco Love Alcorn , yes, the poet (estefania alfonso falcon), and Ruth Daniell

NOVEMBER 2, 2019
7:30 PM

At Durham Art Gallery

+ Bus pickup:
6:15 PM
The Bayshore Community Centre
6:40 PM
Williamsford Pie Company
Return:
Bus will depart from the Durham Art Gallery at 10 PM

WORKSHOP with ‘yes ‘the poet

NOVERMBER 3, 2019
9 - 12 PM
At Coffin Ridge, Annan

PERFORMANCES Greg Santos, Lorri Neilsen Glenn, and Charlie Petch
1PM
At Coffin Ridge, Annan

+ Bus pickup:
11:10 AM
Durham Town Hall 11:35AM
Williamsford Pie Company 12:00 PM

Bayshore Community Centre, Owen Sound
Return:
Bus will depart from Coffin Ridge Winery in Annan at 4 PM, stopping at the Bayshore Community Centre, Williamsford Pie Company & Durham Town Hall

RURAL READING RIOT
NOVEMBER 14,

6 - 7:30 PM
This free program will start off with a tour of the current exhibition. We will then settle into the reading room to discuss "Né łe!" by Darcie Little Badger from the anthology Love Beyond Body, Space and Time: An Indigenous LGBT Sci-fi Anthology ed. by Hope Nicholson, while we munch on some goodies!

ROCK, PAPER, SCISSORS: SQUISH
NOVEMBER 22,

1 - 2:30 PM
Inspired by our current exhibition, we'll be squishing along and having some fun with fast drying clay, dyes and plants! This fun class is all about creative exploration.

| Image | Véronique Sunaroti, It Will Come Like A Wave (detail)2018. Installation.

 Publication | .PDF  |  .EPUB

A single artwork and an accompanying reading room together compose the exhibition, A Little Larger Than The Entire Universe: An Intergalactic Reading Room. The artwork, It Will Come Like a Wave (2018) by Japanese-Quebecois artist Véronique Sunatori, consists of multiple wooden platforms that when placed together create a landscape.

It Will Come Like a Wave (2018) is as much as an inward landscape as it is an otherworldly garden. Veronique, who is currently living in Toronto, Ontario was inspired by the Zen gardens of Japan. Like traditional zen gardens, this one has elements of water, stone and plant-life. These elements combine to create the essence or feeling of nature, but not to recreate nature itself.

Each time Véronique offers the viewer something recognizable she places another object a little more real or a little less fake nearby. This landscape has been designed to provoke deep reflection and meditation.

Situated alongside It Will Come Like a Wave is a collection of science fiction compiled in an intergalactic, intersectional, trans-inclusive feminist reading room.  These stories make space for open, lively worlds beyond the one we inhabit and help us to reflect upon our own.  A Little Larger Than The Entire Universe: An Intergalactic Reading Room offers multiple imaginaries that speculate the possibility of manifold futures. It Will Come Like a Wave plays host to writings that reconstruct the present, imagining what may come from environmental, social and political change in the future. 

Veronique brings It Will Come Like a Wave to Durham after being exhibited in Montreal, Mississauga and Toronto. Each version of the installation varies from the previous: the arrangements are altered to suit their current location. In this way, the unfolding landscape is the same and utterly different for each iteration. Navigating through the garden causes one to slow their pace, to acknowledge the vulnerability of the fabricated environment in the Gallery, of our greater environment, of oneself, and of each other.  It is for this reason, that we are honoured to pair Words Aloud Words and Storytelling Festival with A Little Larger Than The Entire Universe.

 

A Little Larger Than the Entire Universe is presented as a part of the Words Aloud Words and Story Telling Festival. The exhibition conceptualizes an extra-planetary feminist imaginary and speculates the possibility of empowered and emboldened futures with artwork and text to reconstruct the present, imagining what may come from environmental, social and political change. Additional stories will be added as the reading rooms morph to accommodate the growing collection, throughout the length of the exhibition.

 

Durham Art Gallery is a non-profit, exhibition-driven space for contemporary art and visual culture in West Grey, Ontario. From our earliest incarnation in the local Carnegie library to our current purpose-built home, the Gallery’s evolution is marked by an engaged community and a diversifying landscape. www.durhamartgallery.com 

Join us Friday September 13, 2019 from 6 - 8 PM for the opening reception. Artist will be in attendance.