The new exhibition Halycon Days at the Kitchener Waterloo Art Gallery (KWAG) features work from the galleries permanent collection by Shuvinai Ashoona, Lynne Cohen, Kosso Eloul, Brian Fisher, Michael Flomen, Tristram Lansdowne, Agnes Lefort, Doris McCarthy, Eva McCauley, Ray Mead, Frieda Nelson, Otto Planding, Jon Sasaki, Gordon Smith, Takao Tanabe, Tom Thomson and F.H. Varley.
This exhibition draws its inspiration from the Greek myth of Alcyone and Ceyx, an ill-fated couple is transformed into kingfisher birds and granted a short seasonal reprieve to nest on the Aegean Sea. Every winter, these “Halcyon Days” would provide the birds with calm and asylum from the harsh adversity of the crashing waves. Today, the phrase is used to describe a period of peacefulness in the past.
Halcyon Days is a selection of works that allude to nostalgic utopias and serve as visual equivalents of safe space.
The exhibition runs from January 26, 2018 to March 4, 2018.