July 30 - September 3, 2022
LALANI JENNINGS CONTEMPORARY ART GALLERY
Idle Hour Weaver
Idle Hour Weaver takes its inspiration from Edward S. Curtis’ book of photographs taken at the turn of the 20th century. Entitled Portraits from North American Indian Life, the book presents a series of photographs of people, landscapes, and objects, during the colonization of North America. Through Thompson’s hand these images become abstracted, as he pulls the viewer’s attention to the glimmer of a single button, a piece of animal hide, the stillness of a birch tree.
Michael Thompson is a Canadian painter of Cree and British descent. His work focuses on the recycling and recontextualization of images, with the aim of destabilizing the iconography and histories by which they find their source. In 2019 he completed a Bachelor of Fine Art from Western University, and became a resident artist at the Slade School of Fine Art in partnership with the Camden Art Centre in London, England. He is currently a Master of Fine Art candidate at the University of Guelph, and has been included in exhibitions in Canada, the United States, and the United Kingdom.