AGO, Art Gallery of Ontario – Until Sep 26, 2021 Toronto (Canada)
Anishinaabe artist Michael Belmore works primarily in sculpture. It uses a variety of materials. Including wood. Stone and metals. He draws inspiration from his surroundings, exploring the dramatic effects of human activity on the landscape. By its choice of subjects and materials. Belmore moves away from the capitalist view that nature is a commodity. Something to buy and sell.
The two works on display illustrate key themes in Belmore’s practice. The Anishinaabe identity and the impact of North American settlers on the land and its non-human inhabitants.