In Some Far Place
In 1977, a flamingo landed on the coast of Newfoundland and was immediately shot. Now preserved in the collection of The Rooms, the strange story of how this tropical bird came to be in its final resting place far from home is the starting point for this contemporary art exhibition that explores the inherent absurdity and poignancy of collecting behaviour. What motivates us to collect? How do we choose what to include and exclude from our collections and exhibitions? Artworks by local, national, and international artists are bought together with a selection of works from The Rooms Permanent Collections that have never before been exhibited. Throughout, works that incorporate song and voice allude to absence and elegy, but also to the limitless power of sound to exclaim presence, even when there is no “room” for physical inclusion. The end result is a sumptuous, poetic experience for the eyes, and ears.
Featuring works from Stephen Brace, Adam David Brown, Sara Cwynar, David Harper, Ursula Johnson, Maryse Larivière, Rhonda Pelley, Benny Nemerofsky Ramsay, Charles Stankievech, Yinka Shonibare MBE, D’Arcy Wilson, and artists from The Rooms Permanent Collection.
Image: Sara Cwynar. Soft Film, (2016). 16mm film transferred to digital video. Image courtesy of the artist.