Murray Favro: Lever and Wheel
July 9, 2015 – November 1, 2015
Murray Favro, Lever and Wheel. MacLaren Art Centre, 2015. Photo: André Beneteau.
Lever and Wheel
July 9 to November 1, 2015
Janice Laking Gallery
Curator: Renée van der Avoird
Reception: Thursday, July 9, 7 to 9 pm
Artist Talk: Friday, July 10, 12:15 to 1 pm. Admission free
Murray Favro is one of Canada’s most significant and inimitable artists. His multidisciplinary practice incorporates processes of fabrication, reconstruction and invention to challenge the boundaries of the art object and propose new ways of looking. In conjunction with the Pan Am mountain biking competition in Oro, Lever and Wheel reflects on Favro’s ongoing interest in bicycle mechanics. This survey exhibition brings together seminal drawings, photographs and experimental sculptural works. Masterfully built with the most basic hand tools, Favro’s highly conceptual sculptures are a source of discovery and imagination. Lever and Wheel is accompanied by an online publication featuring an essay by Bryne McLaughlin.
Murray Favro was born in 1940 in Huntsville and lives in London, Ontario. A pivotal figure in the London Regionalism movement, Favro has garnered numerous awards including the Gershon Iskowitz Prize (1997) and the Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts (2007). His work has been acquired by major institutions including the National Gallery of Canada and the Art Gallery of Ontario. Favro is represented in Toronto by Christopher Cutts Gallery and in London, Ontario by Michael Gibson Gallery.