Related Programming for Rocks, Stones, and Dust

Curator’s tour with John G. Hampton

When: Wednesday, November 11, 6:30-7:30pm
Where: University of Toronto Art Centre

Join John G. Hampton as he speaks about the stories behind the stones, and the beingness of rocks.

John G. Hampton is the Aboriginal Curator in Residence at the Justina M. Barnicke Gallery and University of Toronto Art Centre, and the Artistic Director of Trinity Square Video. He is on the board of directors for Mercer Union, and is a member of the Aboriginal Education Advisory Committee for OCADU. Hampton holds a Masters in Visual Studies – Curatorial Studies from the University of Toronto. His recent research has focused on humourous minimalism, attentive aesthetics, virtuality, decentered identity politics in queer and aboriginal art, and ontologies of stones.


Falling for Stones: Artist Talks by Michael Belmore + Lindsay Lawson

When: Wednesday, November 18, 6:30-7:30pm
Where: Debates Room, Hart House, 7 Hart House Circle

Two artists from Rocks, Stones, and Dust address what draws us to rocks. Lindsay Lawson’s lecture-performance will speak about objectum-sexuality and the peculiar history behind a smiling agate geode residing in the depths of e-bay’s “Everything Else” section; Michael Belmore will speak about his longterm engagement with rocks, land, value, identity, and material understanding.

Michael Belmore is a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts and graduated with an A.O.C.A. in sculpture/installation from Ontario College of Art & Design in 1994. Belmore’s work has been exhibited nationally and internationally and is represented in the permanent collections of various institutions and numerous private collections. His most recent exhibitions include Into the Woods: Two Icons Revisited, Art Gallery of Ontario, Land, Art, Horizons, North American Native Museum, Zurich, Shapeshifting: Transformations in Native American Art at the Peabody Essex in Salem, MA, and HIDE: Skin as Material and Metaphor at the National Museum of the American Indian – George Gustav Heye Centre in New York. Seemingly small things, simple things, inspire Belmore’s work; the swing of a hammer, the warmth of a fire, the persistence of waves on a shore. Through the insinuation of these actions, a much larger consequence is inferred.

Born in the United States and based in Berlin, Lindsay Lawson received her BFA in Sculpture from Virginia Commonwealth University, her MFA in New Genres from UCLA, and attended the Städelschule in Frankfurt am Main. Her work spans media such as film, video, installation, photography, sculpture, performance, and text. Her first feature-length film, “The Smiling Rock” was shot in Berlin and is currently in post-production. She has exhibited internationally at venues such as Gillmeier Rech, Berlin; LAXART, Los Angeles; Yossi Milo Gallery, New York; Carroll/Fletcher, London; Kavi Gupta Gallery, Berlin; 1646, Den Haag; Reed College, Portland; New Orleans Film Society; Beijing Biennale.

Lindsay Lawson is a guest of the Goethe-Institut Toronto.


Stones as Species: Artist Talks by Bonnie Devine + Egill Sæbjörnsson

When: Friday, November 27, 6:30-7:30pm
Where: South Sitting Room, Hart House

Two artists from Rocks, Stones, and Dust speak about rocks as living beings. Egill Sæbjörnsson asks “are humans stones that walk and talk?” and Bonnie Devine talks about rocks, radiation, and transformation from an Indigenous artist’s perspective.

Bonnie Devine is a member of Serpent River First Nation, Genaabaajing, Anishinaabe Ojibwa territory on the north shore of Lake Huron in central Ontario. She is a sculptor, painter, curator, writer, and educator whose work emerges from the storytelling and image-making traditions that are central to Anishinaabe culture. Formally educated in sculpture and installation art at the Ontario College of Art and Design and York University, her most enduring learning came from her parents and grandparents, particularly her grandmother, Maggie Meawasige. Devine is an Associate Professor at OCAD University in Toronto. She is the Founding Chair of OCAD U’s Indigenous Visual Culture program.

Egill Sæbjörnsson is a visual artist and musician born 1973 in Reykjavik. He has lived and worked in Berlin since 1999, and since 2007 also works in Rio de Janeiro. Sæbjörnsson’s installations, performances and music pieces have been shown at many acclaimed institutions such as The Museum for Contemporary Art at The Hamburger Bahnhof Berlin, Frankfurter Kunstverein, Kölnischer Kunstverein, Baryshnikov Art Center New York, PS1 MoMA, New York, Kiasma Helsinki, Museum of Contemporary Art Sydney, i8 Gallery Reykjavik, Hopstreet Brussels, Isabella Bortolozzi, Berlin, Johann König, Berlin. In 2010 he was nominated for the Carnegie Art Awards. Sæbjörnsson’s installations and performances often consist of animation- and video-projections onto daily objects, sculptural elements or the artist himself.

Egill Sæbjörnsson is a guest of the Goethe-Institut Toronto.