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Variations at Zalucky Contemporary: Jan 12 - Feb 10, 2018.

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Tegan Moore’s sculptures are slight and unassuming. They are constructed from materials used to regulate climate such as air filters, vents and polyethylene foam; materials designed specifically to disappear within the architectural fabric of a building. By excavating these objects and reassembling their various parts in the gallery, Moore’s new exhibition Variations draws attention to the forces that structure our everyday lives. Indeed, as climate change accelerates and weather patterns become increasingly inhospitable, we retreat indoors because at least there, we control the temperature. The great irony, of course, is that the non-renewable energy sources used to heat and cool our homes are directly fuelling the same ecological crisis from which we seek refuge.

Thinking alongside these currents, Moore’s work starts a subtle conversation within the controlled atmosphere of Zalucky Contemporary. Featuring a significant intervention onto the gallery’s air duct enclosures, the artist playfully extends and exaggerates an architectural apparatus typically designed to be as unobtrusive as possible. Moore’s accompanying sculptural works also toy with the formal textures and materialities of what is typically ensconced within our walls and appliances: layers of a humidifier pad meticulously dipped in clay take on a dense, honeycomb-like quality, and an air purification filter lined with Rolodex card protectors creates something akin to a minimalist painting. Yet despite the seemingly cool formalism of these works, Moore does not lose sight of their functional politics and histories: what do these materials filter out, what do they protect and what residues build up in between? As these pressing questions circulate throughout Variations, the exhibition ultimately tugs at the core of how we live—at what cost—and what we are willing to live without.

Photos by Toni Hafkenscheid
This exhibition was generously supported by the Ontario Arts Council.

"Room Temperature" by Daniella Sanader (Canadian Art, Fall 2018, Climates)

Used filter, ceramic dust, Plexi
Dust in the heat: Used filter, ceramic dust, Plexi


Installation 


Installation 

humidifier pad, soft maple
We/liked the/feeling/of it: humidifier pad, soft maple

vinyl mesh, found foam
Meshing (insulation, car bumper): vinyl mesh, found foam


Installation 

1953 Cadillac A/C ducts, found foam
History of Cold Comfort: 1953 Cadillac A/C ducts, found foam

and Odors. Deodorizing sheet, steel
Distanceless Movement of Thoughts: and Odors. Deodorizing sheet, steel

Powdercoated steel,dust cover, foam
In what circles are we moving here?: Powdercoated steel,dust cover, foam


Detail 

Existing duct, fabricated duct run
Metaducting: Existing duct, fabricated duct run


Installation 

HEPA filter, index card protectors
Particulate Filing: HEPA filter, index card protectors

Steel, vapour barrier, door handles
Perforations of the Habitable: Steel, vapour barrier, door handles

Powder coated steel, door handles
Detail: Powder coated steel, door handles

Vinyl mesh, bumper foam
Meshing (car bumper): Vinyl mesh, bumper foam

Vinyl mesh, water eroded foam
Meshing (buoyancy foam): Vinyl mesh, water eroded foam

Vinyl mesh, gypsum drywall
Meshing (drywall): Vinyl mesh, gypsum drywall