Title: Granite Club (all of these works part of a temporary installation, no longer on site)


Artist: Persona Volare   Exhibition year: 2007

I N T H R O U G H T H E O U T D O O R S - PERSONA VOLARE IS AN ARTIST COLLECTIVE based in Toronto with a track record of developingexhibition projects that respond to site and context. As a loosely knit confederacy, Carlo Cesta, Michael Davey, John Dickson, Rebecca Diederichs, Brian Hobbs, Lorna Mills, Lisa Neighbour, Chantal Rousseau, Lyla Rye, Kate Wilson and Johannes Zits have been generating site responsive exhibitions for the better part of a decade. Invited to develop a project for The Tree Museum, Persona Volare made their first foray into the great outdoors. In Granite Club, the group elected to follow in the footsteps of the Group of Seven, a historically familiar alliance of artists fondly affiliated with the Muskoka landscape. Their project statement unflinchingly declared: Muskoka is the landscape most associated with the Group of Seven and is one of the references we have responded to. If a group of seven artists can do it, why cant eleven? Persona Volare's take on the great outdoors proved to be a tonic to the mythic Group of Seven. They approached the sprawling outdoor venue as an experiential foray seeding the natural environment with grit, humour and attitude. 
IVAN JURAKIC, In Through the Outdoors, The Tree Museum (The Tree Museum 2007)

The Road South/ the Road North! @ York Quay Centre, Harbourfront Centre, Toronto. At the same time Persona Volare also connected the northern landscape to the urban south with an exhibition at York Quay Centre a collaborative project between York Quay Centre and The Tree Museum Collective, Persona Volare: Carlo Cesta, Michael Davey, John Dickson, Rebecca Diederichs, Brian Hobbs, Lorna Mills, Lisa Neighbour, Chantal Rousseau, Lyla Rye, Kate Wilson, and Johannes Zits

Link: http://www.thetreemuseum.ca/pages/pv-imgs.php