Title: Inside Out

Artist: John Dickson   Exhibition year: 2007

Inspired by a dilapidated wooden latrine, John Dickson rebuilt the outhouse featuring an exterior composed entirely of mirrors. From a distance, the mirrors effectively warped the vista of rock, trees and sky around the structure, perceptually blending into the surrounding landscape. The effect was hypnotic. the artist transformed the vernacular form of the outhouse into an aesthetic isolation chamber that contrasted outdoors and indoors, natural and artificial, day and night.

John Dickson is a Toronto-based artist whose kinetic sculptures and installations explore humanity's tenuous relationship with the natural world. Early works investigated water as a sculptural medium, developing themes with underlying environmental concerns. He is particularly interested in exhibiting work in non-gallery situations which has led to his involvement with collective projects such as Nether Mind, Persona Volare and hic, and alternative venues like The Tree Museum. Significant past projects include Frontier, a public commission for the Toronto West Railpath, Cold War at the AGO's Young Gallery, and Music Box at Toronto's 2013 Nuit Blanche. He has shown internationally in the USA, the Czech Republic, Denmark and France.