Sunday, March 12, 2006

Beauty is...

...quite a preoccupation for us humans. We've got such a strong desire to not only look at beautiful things, but to fill our surroundings with them as well. Collecting, chasing, documenting, sharing, stealing, purchasing, creating... I wonder how many of us ever stop to examine the reasoning behind this quest, or ever think about our own definition of the word.

Toronto's
Harbourfront Centre currently has a number of events that explore this very topic. One of the most impressive was Susie Osler's "Bloom", an installation combining delicate ceramic blossoms and dried out tree trunks. It was a wonderful example of natural beauty and how death and decay are inevitable and necessary stages of the life cycle.

The Textile Museum is also hosting an exhibition that examines our notion of beauty, and our compulsion to collect. "A Terrible Beauty" presents a staggering assortment of bugs, all of which are pinned delicately to the gallery walls to form incredible 'wallpaper' patterns. Symmetrical simplicity, subtle complexities...who knew bugs could be so breathtaking.

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