Sample work from Dagmara Genda's Beating the Bush

Sample work from Dagmara Genda’s Beating the Bush

Yet another option for recreation and general enlightenment on the long weekend. This takes the form of an artist talk and reception for the exhibition Beating the Bush by artist Dagmara Genda. The exhibition is being presented by the Dunlop Gallery at its Sherwood Village location, and the talk/reception goes Saturday Sept. 5 at 1 p.m.

The inspiration for the show occurred when Genda was doing a Canada Council International Residency in London. While there, she took hundreds of photographs of a laurel hedge in Regent’s Park that had been painstakingly trimmed into a rectangular shape.

Genda photographed the hedge under a variety of light conditions, then manipulated the images and cut them into pieces which she subsequently used to create collages that reference the early 20th century art movements of Constructivism and Suprematism.

Those movements had a degree of utopian thought attached to them, curator Jennifer Matotek notes in a gallery publicity release, that finds an echo in the English practice of shaping/civilizing nature into elaborate gardens.

Genda’s artist talk and reception are at Sherwood Village Gallery on Sept. 5 at 1 p.m. The exhibition runs until Nov. 4.