The Burden of Proof

September 11, 2010 – October 31, 2010

As Can Be Clearly Seen Here #1 (The Burden of Proof), Kempenfelt Bay

Andrew Hunter
The Burden of Proof
September 11 to October 31, 2010
Janice Laking Gallery
Reception and Performance: Wednesday, September 15, 7 to 9 pm

This narrative project by Waterloo artist, writer and curator Andrew T. Hunter focuses on a fictional character, Andrew Herbert Hunter, who acts as bridge between himself and historical Barrie figure Andrew Frederick Hunter (1863-1940). A. F. Hunter was a leading Simcoe County historian, archaeologist and publisher whose serious academic research and writing is a counterpoint to the artist’s historical fictions. Rooted in local history, folklore and story-telling and developed through community collaboration, The Burden of Proof attempts to demonstrate the existence of a mythical lake monster residing in Kempenfelt Bay.

Andrew Hunter is widely known in Canada for his playful and revelatory engagements with museum collections, for commissioning and producing art works (real and imagined) and for his unconventional approach to exhibition design and installation. He has produced exhibitions, site projects, publications and writings for institutions across Canada in the United States and Europe with innovative thematic and fiction-based museum projects at the National Gallery of Canada, Art Gallery of Ontario, Vancouver Art Gallery and the Museum of Modern Art Dubrovnik (Croatia).