Murray Favro “Lever & Wheel” at MacLaren Art Centre

Murray Favro: Lever and Wheel

July 9, 2015 – November 1, 2015
MacLaren Art Centre, Barrie, ON, Curator: Renée van der Avoird

Murray Favro is one of Canada’s most significant and inimitable artists. His multi-disciplinary practice incorporates processes of fabrication, reconstruction and invention to challenge the boundaries of the art object and propose new ways of looking. On the occasion of the Pan Am mountain biking competition in Oro, the MacLaren presents an exhibition of Favro’s work that reflects his ongoing interest in bicycle mechanics. Lever and Wheel brings together select sculptures, drawings and photographs that illustrate the artist’s dedication to the machines of industry and transport. Masterfully built with the most basic hand tools, his highly conceptual sculptures are a source of discovery and imagination. Lever and Wheel is accompanied by an online publication featuring an essay by Bryne McLaughlin.

Murray Favro was born in 1940 in Huntsville and lives in London, Ontario. He works in in drawing, performance, sculpture and installation. A pivotal figure in the London Regionalism movement, Favro’s eclectic career has been marked by numerous awards including the Gershon Iskowitz Prize (1997) and the Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts (2007). His work has been acquired by major institutions including the National Gallery of Canada and the Art Gallery of Ontario. Favro is represented in Toronto by Christopher Cutts Gallery and in London, Ontario by Michael Gibson Gallery.