January 6 - February 25, 2018
RECEPTION - January 10 7-9pm
21st Century Nesting Practices considers the human penchant for investing significance in objects in the material world. This work explores the tangible reality of specific objects and its relationship to what those objects may signify psychologically or emotionally to people.
Artist Sydney Lancaster asserts that the association between ‘nest’ and ‘home’ can simultaneously resist and embody longing or absence, through the very object from which the associations come. This provoked a several-years-long field of inquiry for Lancaster, toward understanding the connections between the actual process of making (and re-making) nests that birds enact and human resilience.
Lancaster hopes the work in 21st Century Nesting Practices creates an opportunity to pause, to contemplate, to rest; to consider the details in each image, and uncover the differences that make each nest - each home, memory, place of safety - unique.
May this work offer you some room, wherever you may be on your journey.
21st Century Nesting Practices has developed over a five-year period (2012 - 2017), including a one-year Residency and solo exhibition at Harcourt House Artist-Run Centre in Edmonton, and further exhibitions at Fleishman Gallery, Toronto, Art Gallery of St. Albert, and as part of Elsewhere at Gallery @ 501 in Sherwood Park AB. For the McMullen, I am presenting new video and audio work arising from further research and work in sound and installation, including my own field recordings and some from the Cornell Ornithology Library, used with permission & deep thanks for their support.
Sydney Lancaster, January 2018