September 4, 2008—September 27, 2008 | Reception Thursday, Sept. 4th, 6-8PM
James Harris Gallery is pleased to present its second solo exhibition by Toronto artist Tania Kitchell. In the past decade, Kitchell has produced a diverse body of work that takes her immediate environment as subject, ranging from investigations of the body as it interacts with a harsh winter climate to sublime text-based recordings of the weather.
In Sunshine, Kitchell continues this reflective stance towards our relationship with nature. Uprooting the garden and moving it into interior spaces, she challenges the division of space between where things grow and where they do not. In Kitchen 1, the artist captures a small circle of robust yellow Celosia flowers that invades a floor littered with scraps of tile and other debris. In other works, an orderly row of plants sits in the middle of a deserted room or a line of grass thrives at the base of an exposed wall. Kitchell skillfully moves back and forth between making these gardens appear staged and “natural” and, in so doing, makes visible the breakdown of the interior.