|FISHTANK: Roger Wood
July 8 – August 4, 2013
Opening Reception: Thursday, July 11, 5:00 – 7:00pm
The Guild Shop | 118 Cumberland St. | Toronto | www.theguildshop.ca
FISHTANK is an exciting new series of site specific installations housed within the front window of The Guild Shop. Offering a nearly 360˚ view, FISHTANK provides a new perspective on craft and challenges the popular notion of dimensionality. By consuming the space within the window these installations are a true departure from the traditional window display and are, in essence, without limit.
The Guild Shop is proud to host Roger Wood in the FISHTANK for this inaugural exhibition.
Roger Wood’s fantastical clocks are like portals into another world. Like stepping through the wardrobe, or onto an invisible train platform, Roger’s timepieces transport you into another realm of the imagination. A self-taught artist who lives and works in a former flower shop in Hamilton, Ontario, Roger madly collects odd, forlorn, mysterious, lonesome, intriguing, usually weathered and tarnished things – things with a history.
Roger’s FISHTANK installation offers a rare glimpse into an artist’s most intimate environ — the studio. Filled with several hundred boxes and drawers brimming with ineptly catalogued artifacts, Roger’s studio is where these objects lay dormant, waiting to be given new life. Nothing is safe or sacred – his entire studio/home and even his garden have become a large environmental assemblage. Through this display, one can imagine what it’s like to be in Roger’s world.