Romancing the Anthropocene curated by
Ivan Jurakic and Crystal Mowry
Robert Hengeveld - Toronto, Ontario
In Howl, a loading dock is transformed into the site of a hunt. A coyote-on-rabbit chase loops along the rails of a steel roller coaster surrounded by mechanical birds and decoy deer, offering an absurdist take on how we represent the natural world.
In Howl, a back alley is transformed into the site of a hunt which is both theatrical and comedic. Central to the installation is a coyote-on-rabbit chase that loops continuously along the rails of a steel roller coaster. Mechanical birds and decoy deer form a flamboyant chorus, dancing along to an operatic soundtrack. A curious blend of clumsy choreography and sights commonly found in the world of the amusement park, Howl offers an absurdist take on how we represent the natural world.
Robert Hengeveld is an installation artist who is engaged in an exploration of objects which are manufactured to represent and replace what is real. Often elaborate and immersive by nature, his installations function as fantasy tableaux, filled with mass-produced decoys and artificial flora. The purpose of a decoy is multi-faceted: it is both a lure and a distraction. Though the artificial world of the decoys falls well short of achieving a convincing substitute for the living world, Howl proposes a campy vision for wildness in the city.
Suitable for all ages
Bay Street & Richmond Street West (Enter alley from Richmond Street or Temperance Street, west of Bay Street)
This project is indoors.