susy oliveira: Man Seen by a Flower
September 9–October 29, 2016
Man Seen by a Flower
Opens: Friday, September 9th, 6:00 – 9:00pm
September 9 - October 8, 2016
ESP is please to present the second solo exhibition by Toronto artist Susy Oliveira
I got up early this morning. My plan was so good that I felt it surely would not fail.
I went to gather the flowers, which are most abundant down in the ravines. I picked the ones that were least ugly. (Even the palest flowers have an almost animal vitality!) When I had picked all I could carry and started to arrange them, I saw that they were dead.
I was going to change my plan, but then I remembered that up on the hill...there is another place where many flowers grow. As it was early in the morning, I felt certain that the people would still be sleeping, so it would be safe to go there.
I picked several of these very small and scabrous flowers. It seemed that they did not have that monstrous urge to die.
Excerpt from The Invention of Morel by Adolfo Bioy Casares
Susy Oliveira is a Toronto based artist working in photography, sculpture and collage. Selected exhibitions include shows at The Hole, New York; Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, Toronto; SAW Gallery, Ottawa; Khyber, Halifax and PLATFORM centre for photographic + digital arts, Winnipeg. Susy Oliveira is represented by Erin Stump Projects (ESP), Toronto.
The artist wishes to gratefully acknowledge the support of the Ontario Arts Council