Press Release Upcoming Exhibition – Hybrid Land – Janet Macpherson January 22 – March 13, 2021

Hybrid Land
Janet Macpherson

Mary E. Black Gallery

1061 Marginal Rd. Suite 140, Halifax, NS
On view: January 22 -March 13, 2021
Wednesday – Saturday: 11am – 4pm

The Mary E. Black Gallery invites you to explore a Hybrid Land which will fill the gallery with the curious and amorphous porcelain creations of ceramicist and sculptor Janet Macpherson. The exhibition will center on a massive work titled Migration Bridge – made up of almost 100 miniature hybrid animals in migration – which will take over the gallery space. This large-scale installation joins us from Hamilton Ontario where Janet Macpherson lives and works.

Working in slip cast mold making combined with other sculpture techniques, Macpherson’s pieces are detailed in highlights of gold luster and intricate surface detailing. Clearly referencing the source material of toy model animals used to create her molds, Hybrid Land presents creatures remade from edited parts, mismatched, and bandaged together, created anew. Macpherson “dismantle(s) and re-compose(s) these objects to create forms that subtly reveal a discomforting reality.”

The imagery in Hybrid Land denotes Macpherson’s Catholic upbringing by playing with spiritual imagery. “The borders between humans and animals, the manufactured and the natural, the spiritual and the corporeal are distinct yet permeable, illustrating differences while creating spaces for wonder and uncertainty.”

Hybrid Land will be on view at the Mary E. Black from January 22 to March 13, open Wednesdays to Saturdays from 11-4. We invite you to join us virtually for a virtual artist talk on February 11 at 2pm AST where Janet will Join us from her studio in Hamilton Ontario to speak about her body of work and practice. The link for this event will be available closer to the date of the talk.

Public or media inquiries please contact
Anna Joan Taylor
Administrative Coordinator

We respectfully acknowledge that The Mary E. Black Gallery and the Centre For Craft Nova Scotia are situated in Mi’kma’ki, the unceded territory of Mi’kmaq people. We are governed by the Peace and Friendship Treaty of 1752 and endeavor to respect the rights and intentions laid out within it, as we are all treaty people.

Access information for the Mary E. Black Gallery and 1061 Marginal Road

1061 Marginal Rd. Suite 140, South of the NSCAD Port Campus and North of Pier 21 Museum.

The Gallery has taken all recommended precautions to offer a safe visit to our exhibition spaces during Covid 19. Masks are mandatory and we request all visitors to maintain a physical distance of 6 feet from other patrons and staff.
Automatic doors allow for a no touch entrance to the space and we encourage you to use them.

There is a permanent Ramp at the front entrance of 1061 Marginal Road and the front doors are automatic. Interior doors of the building are not automatic however during open hours there is staff present at all times ready to provide assistance. (see below photos of location and entrance.)

There is a single occupant non-gendered washroom with a 34.5” non-automatic doorway. The bathroom is spacious with 2 horizontal bars around the toilet. There is no change table inside the bathroom but you can ask at the front desk and the attendant will help you find a comfortable location for changing an infant.

There is ample metered parking through the week. (On Saturday’s parking is often more during open hours of the Seaport Market.) There is accessible parking near the entrance of the Mary E Black Gallery and within the near by parking lots.

Bus numbers 7, 29, 35, 41 & 90 stop within a ten min walk from the centre