Art Gallery of York University




Liz Magor
Keep, 2000

Keep was commissioned by the Art Gallery for the courtyard of York University’s Central Square and unveiled Tuesday, May 23, 2000. The sculpture was produced with the assistance of technicians and students at York's L.L. Odette Centre for Sculpture. This project not only gave Magor the opportunity to work on a scale and in a medium she has never worked before, but also served as a teaching opportunity to demonstrate the techniques and tools of bronze sculpture production.

The new bronze sculpture is in the form of a hollow tree trunk, sealed at both ends with a sleeping bag protruding from one end. It was cast directly from an actual willow tree, and the sleeping bag is a cast rubber mold made to withstand extremes in climate and temperature. The subject is human shelter and refuge in nature, raising conflicting feelings about shelter and security. The return to nature is an idealistic impulse, invoking the benevolence of nature and the deep woods as a natural retreat. Yet as Liz Magor states, such retreats "also suggest the condition of last resort: for the fugitive, the misanthrope, and the disenfranchised."

Support for the commission has been provided by York Faculty of Fine Arts, The Canada Council for the Arts Acquisition Assistance Program, the Walter and Duncan Gordon Foundation and Mr. & Mrs. L.L. Odette Foundation.

Canadian, b. 1948
Bronze, silicone rubber
91 x 231 x 91 cm

See article in the York University Gazette here


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