Title: Equivalents (Tree Museum) after Muniz, after Stieglitz (no longer on site)


Artist: Jeannie Thib   Exhibition year: 2010

My site work for the Tree Museum consists of two parts - a cloud drawing on birch bark mounted on top of a large erratic and a circular marble moon placed on the ground nearby. The patterning on this lichen-covered, curving granite slope suggested a celestial sky and hence a suitable place for the moon. The site I've chosen to work in is an area of gently sloping granite edged by mixed forest. At the boundary line between the wall of the forest and the broad open expanse of granite is the large flat topped erratic, a rock that struck me on first viewing as a natural plinth. This site seemed particularly interesting within the context of an outdoor museum and suggested the possibility of incorporating reference to the collections and practices of more traditional museums. I'm also interested in examining a history of the representation of nature and the conventions used to signify it. In addressing the exhibition title "after Landscape", my work Equivalents (Tree Museum) after Muniz, after Stieglitz looks both at the practice of making artworks "after" or in relation to historical precedents and at the idea of a surrogate for or facsimile of "real" nature. Specifically it addresses a work by Vic Muniz titled Equivalents (Museum of Modern Art) which in turn was influenced by Alfred Stieglitz's Equivalents series - dramatic photographs of cloudy moonlit skies. After seeing Stieglitz's photographs at the Museum of Modern Art, Muniz noticed how much the marble floor of the museum resembled drifting clouds. He cut black paper landscape silhouettes and using a dime as the moon, photographed them on the museum floor to create his version of equivalents.

Jeannie Thib was born in North Bay, Ontario, Canada and received a BFA from York University, Toronto. She has been working as a visual artist since the 1980s, exhibiting nationally and internationally. Recent exhibitions include Making and Meaning at Object Gallery, Sydney, Australia, Glifo at Museo de Arte INBA, Ciudad Juarez, Mexico and Fac-simile at Maison Patrimoniale de Barthete, Boussan, France. Her work is represented in numerous collections including The National Gallery of Canada, Musee des Beaux-Arts de Montreal, and The Washington DC Convention Center, USA. Thib has been commissioned to create permanent public artworks for the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre, Toronto, the Esplanade Arts and Heritage Centre, Medicine Hat, Alberta and the City of Toronto's Downsview Memorial Parkette among others. Her artist residencies include the Canada Council Paris Studio in France and Stichting Kunst and Complex in Rotterdam. Lure, a bilingual catalogue documenting Thib's recent production was released in 2009. Jeannie Thib is represented in Copenhagen, Denmark by B and K Projects and in Canada by Leo Kamen Gallery, Toronto and Joan Ferneyhough Gallery, North Bay.