About the Koffler Gallery Education Program

Koffler Gallery’s education programs help students expand their creativity, develop their visual literacy and sharpen their communication skills. Interactive gallery tours prompt students to analyze the formal aspects and meaning of artworks, enabling them to share their own interpretations while gaining understanding of the intentions of artists. Tours are followed by in-gallery art-making workshops inspired by the works in the exhibition, giving students the opportunity to express their views of the world around them and their personal feelings, experiences and ideas.

FALL 2019

Curated: Mona Filip
Art Direction/ Co-Curator: Nicolas Fleming
September 18 – November 17, 2019

TOUR | 30 – 60 minutes
Koffler Gallery educators will guide visitors through the exhibition, sharing context, information and insights about the artworks in Undomesticated.

Undomesticated brings together a range of works by Canadian artists who subvert domestic objects and the settings of dwelling spaces, revealing the flawed human attempts at achieving a sense of belonging. Detouring notions of home and domesticity, this project addresses an underlying impossibility to adapt to and conversely tame our environments in order to construct places where our bodies and psyches can fit in.

ONSITE WORKSHOP OPTIONS (at the Koffler Gallery!)

What makes a house a home? Beyond providing shelter and possessing all the necessary items one might expect to find inside of domestic settings, homes are meant to be comfortable, arranged with our personal preferences in mind. The elements that make up a home are often a reflection of our interests, how we see ourselves, and the things that bring us joy.

In this workshop students will consider their own homes and reflect upon what is important to them in these spaces. After pinpointing their personal necessities, students will then be asked to dream up their ideal home if they were free from any limitations––like money, gravity, technology, or parental restrictions.

Undomesticated extends from Koffler Gallery into the hallways and stairwells of Artscape Youngplace. The building has been literally transformed and disrupted, then filled with objects that subvert their meaning and function.

Through the exploration of this expansive exhibition, patrons are lead into the psychological, political, and emotional realms that shape human notions of belonging. Undomesticated puts on display what drives our search to establish a home.

Guided by a scavenger list, explore the absurdity and surprises dispersed throughout the domestic settings in the exhibition.

OFFSITE WORKSHOP OPTIONS (we’ll come to you after!)

Humans like all species, have always had an innate desire to control their environment for the sake of self-preservation. We have domesticated landscapes in order to build livable communities that are protected from predators and natural dangers, and offer ease of access to food supplies. In doing so, we have not allowed much of the natural world to remain untouched by humanity. Our impact on Earth has caused severe, irreversible changes to the ecosystem. We are now at the point where we have begun resorting to synthetic substitutions for the wild.Recycling is one of the many ways humans can help to preserve what remains of our natural environment. Students are challenged to collage a scene that mimics the natural world, using recycled materials. This process will allow workshop participants to consider the importance of protecting the natural world around them, and give new life to synthetic materials that might have otherwise ended up in landfills.

For more information on the Koffler Gallery public programs and tours, please contact:

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