Curated by Srimoyee Mitra and Bruce Johnson
The exhibition is organized and circulated in partnership with The Art Gallery of Windsor and The Rooms Corporation of Newfoundland and Labradorâ€”Provincial Art Gallery Division, with the support of Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council and the City of Windsor.
Zeke Moores’ sculptures draw inspiration from everyday life. He modifies and manipulates objects in unexpected and surprising ways. Through a nuanced play with material, weight, size and perception Moores invites viewers to assess the values, which govern the aesthetics of mass production and consumer culture. Echoing the constant state of transition in our material culture, the artist reimagines ordinary and mundane objects such as cardboard boxes, wooden crates, milk crates and a moving blanket that are usually discarded and left to join the accruing detritus of disposable goods. Moores reclaims these objects as cultural artifacts of our time and recreates them in bronze and aluminium to highlight their beauty and potential while honouring the labour of factory workers who spend hours on the assembly line. Moores develops each work by hand. Drawing on his extensive knowledge and skills in foundry production and fabrication, these objects signify the dignity and merit if these labour-intensive processes.
Photography: Robert McNair
Zeke Moores is a sculptor, whose work uses three-dimensional form to explore the social and political economies of everyday objects and our complex relationships to them. He received an MFA from the University of Windsor and a BFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. Moores has exhibited his work nationally and internationally, most recently at The Rooms in St. John’s Newfoundland, Art Mur in Montreal and Diaz Contemporary in Toronto. His work can be found in public and private collections at such institutions as Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Art Gallery of Windsor and the Bank de National in Toronto. He has been the recipient of several grants and awards, including from the Ontario Arts Council, Canada Council for the Arts, and was shortlisted for the Sobey Art Award national prize in 2011. He currently lives and works in Windsor, ON. Zeke Moores is represented by Art MÃ»r, Montréal.