Open Tuesday – Saturday 12-5pm
Modern Fuel is pleased to present SQUALL by Kingston-based artist Joan Scaglione in our Main Gallery.
*SQUALL takes the form of a massive river squall approximately 35′ long by 15′ wide by 12′ high, organically sampling the magnitude of a river and simultaneously responding to the architectural structure of the gallery. The artist constructed the river from paper, plaster and ink to express the constant fluidity of chaotic flow patterns, within which is embedded sound elements that give it voice. The river holds massive handmade rocks, tree branches, herds of horses, and children’s presence through toys and clothing, revealing human presence.
The work acts as a metaphor for what is happening in nature across the planet – a wake-up call. Rivers are profound spiritual forces, as the artist considers. Though part of nature, the river has power to destroy nature, the environment, animal and human communities. Climate change is upon earth and Canada is seen as one of most vulnerable nations to be affected because of the melting Arctic.