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High Water, 2012. Photography by Brian Bettencourt

Will Gill - St. John's, Newfoundland

High Water 2012

123 - Roy Thomson Hall, pond
King Street West and Simcoe Street
(Viewable from PATH level or Roy Thomson Hall patio)

[ selected photographs ]  [ video ]

Blending the strange and familiar, artist Will Gill is known for his use of basic elements, like wood, water, and fire, to create work that is infused with a narrative imagination inflected with the whimsical, mythical and ominous. Situated on the pond at Roy Thompson Hall, a trace of the course of a lost river that once flowed beneath the city to empty at the lake‘s edge, High Water plays off of our collective histories and deepest memories. Ghostly objects float by – bits of clothing, a bicycle, a fuel container – each imbued with loss and its own oddly spiritual quality, as if the residue or the aftermath of a disaster, markers of past human presence.

At once poetic and probing, the result is a vivid tableau that evokes universal images of natural catastrophes that are part of all of our living memories while also hinting at the rich mythology and folklore associated with Gill‘s home in the Atlantic region. Sparking memories and myths that shape our perception at every moment, High Water draws attention to the vanished landscapes within our everyday surroundings.

Artist Biography: Will Gill studied sculpture, printmaking and photography at Mount Allison University, graduating in 1991. He moved to St John‘s, Newfoundland in 1997. Since then, he has maintained a committed studio practice, exhibiting sculpture, paintings and video work in public and commercial galleries throughout Canada. His work is in private and corporate collections in Canada and the USA. Gill was named to the national longlist for the Sobey Art Award for the 2004 and 2006 competitions.

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