Zeke Moores' sculptures draw inspiration from everyday life. He modifies and manipulates objects in unexpected and surprising ways. Through a nuanced play with material, weight, size and perception Moores invites viewers to assess the values which govern the aesthetics of mass production and consumer culture. This exhibition brings together a body of work, which explore and elucidate the transient nature of contemporary society in the 21st century. From the movement of commodities from one place to another to the complex patterns of migration as more and more people leave their hometowns for work and better opportunities and mobility is deeply linked to the structure of our globalized economies. Similarly, the exhibition echoes the constant state of transition in our material culture through ordinary cardboard boxes, wooden crates, milk crates and a moving blanket, all commonly used apparatus for carrying and protecting goods and personal belongings. Considered efficient and useful while in use, once these mundane objects have served their purpose they are usually discarded and left to join the accruing detritus of our unsustainable consumer culture. Moores reclaims these objects as cultural artifacts of our time and recreates them in bronze and aluminum to highlight the beauty and potential in their conceptualization. Honouring the labour of factory workers who spend hours on the assembly line, Moores develops each work by hand. Drawing on his extensive knowledge and skills in foundry production and fabrication, these objects signify the dignity and merit if these labour-intensive processes. Moores himself moved from Newfoundland where he was born and raised to Halifax, Nova Scotia, for university at the age of 21. Since then he has lived in New Jersey, Toronto and Windsor, where he continues to live and work.
Organized in partnership by The Art Gallery of Windsor and The Rooms Corporation of Newfoundland and Labrador with support of Ontario Arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts
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Zeke Moores: Dispose has been chosen as one of Canadian Art's Top Picks: April 18 to 24, 2013: http://www.canadianart.ca/openings/2013/04/18/openings-wreck-city/
Curated by Srimoyee Mitra.