Kim Adams

Kim Adams: Love Birds now on view at WDM

The exhibition, Kim Adams: Love Birds is on display at the Western Development Museum (WDM). This is the first collaborative project for the WDM and the Mendel Art Gallery.

Kim Adams - Love BirdsBMO Financial Group announced the gift of the sculpture to the Mendel Art Gallery April 8, as part of the company’s annual meeting in Saskatoon. The artwork, valued at $175,000, increases the total value of the Gallery’s permanent collection to $35.7 million.

“We are thrilled with the donation of this important work,” said Angela Larson, Acting Executive Director & CEO of the Mendel Art Gallery. “Kim Adams is considered one of Canada’s leading contemporary sculptors, and this is the first of his works the Mendel has had the opportunity to acquire.

“We are very proud to partner with the Western Development Museum in this exhibition,” Larson said. “This is the first time our two institutions have collaborated, and it’s such a fitting installation for the WDM, given the materials Kim Adams uses in his work.”

“The Western Development Museum is truly excited about this partnership with the Mendel Art Gallery,” said Joan Champ, Executive Director of the Museum. “I think WDM visitors will be quite delighted by Kim Adams’ assemblage. It has a bit of a funhouse feel, and actually juxtaposes quite well with WDM exhibits.”

Lisa Baldissera, Chief Curator, Mendel Art Gallery, said the context of the Museum’s dioramic displays “speaks to the social conditions of objects, and Adams’ work continues the conversation through a surprising reconfiguring of materials.”

Love Birds, a large-scale sculpture in two parts, playfully re-imagines everyday materials, like many of the items that can be found in the collection of the Western Development Museum. Adams uses farm machinery, grain silos, automobile parts, toys and model train parts to create fictional worlds and imaginary landscapes. His work examines the implications of technology, and the divide between life and art. He questions ideas of utility and mobility, and our relationship to our environment, domesticity, and the social world.

Adams, who was born in Edmonton in 1951, now lives in Toronto. His highly original body of work in sculpture and installation has been exhibited throughout Canada and internationally during the past 30 years. More information on Kim Adams’ work is available here - Kim Adams and Love Birds Background.

Link  Visit the BMO Financial Group website
Link  Visit the Western Development Museum
Link View a video of the installation on the CBC

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Adams Love Birds, right (detail).

Kim Adams - Love Birds, right (night).