In this exhibition, Ally McIntyre uses animal protagonists to explore human caused climate collapse. By presenting animals as central figures, McIntyre challenges us to reconsider our place and impact in the world. Although humans are not prominently depicted in this exhibition, their presence is palpable, and it is evident that human actions pose the primary threat to the welfare of the animals.
The world that McIntyre creates in this exhibition is more complex than just human versus animal, however, and the dynamics amongst the characters are constantly shifting. Dependence and interdependence are continuously questioned and redefined throughout this exhibition. The relationships and alliances seen in Ally McIntyre: Kindling are as tenuous and unsteady as the land on which we live.
Organized by the Art Gallery of Alberta and curated by Lindsey Sharman. With the support of RBC Foundation, the RBC New Works Gallery was created to support the Art Gallery of Alberta’s commitment to promoting Alberta’s emerging artists.