Rocks, Stones, and Dust

A pile of rocks in a room sits in front of a long shot of 3 other rock displays
Installation shot of Rocks, Stones, and Dust at the University of Toronto Art Center in 2015.

October 28–December 18, 2015
Opening Reception: Wed., Oct. 28, 6:00–8:00 pm
University of Toronto Art Centre
Curated By John G. Hampton

Featuring Michael Belmore, Bonnie Devine, Jimmie Durham, FASTWÜRMS, Jason de Haan, Spring Hurlbut, Kelly Jazvac, Susanne Kriemann, Lindsay Lawson, Nicholas Mangan, Marcelo Moscheta, Kerri Reid, Egill Sæbjörnsson, Lucy Tasseor Tutsweetok, and Lawrence Weiner.

Rocks, Stones, and Dust is an exhibition devoted to rocks and their relations. It surveys diverse speculations on the roles that rocks play in the development of human culture and how they exist to and for themselves. Rocks are everywhere—they are in our tools, architecture, philosophy, and theology, beneath our feet, and flying far above our heads—but this ubiquity sometimes masks their ontological significance. Rocks are prototypically non-human and are characteristic of the least animated object in our world, yet stones are born; they move, age, and breed. Some ask us to pick them up off the side of the road and carry them with us, and others invite us to stare into their surfaces to look for inner truths. In their omnipresence, rocks can go unnoticed, but within object-oriented philosophies, aboriginal epistemologies, panpsychism, and countless other systems of knowledge, rocks are recurring characters that show us how even in what seem to be the least mobile of things, we can find life. The works brought together in Rocks, Stones, and Dust address this vitality and unearth the role rocks play in helping us understand questions of beingness outside of human being.

Gallery Hours

Tuesday to Saturday, 12:00–5:00 pm
Wednesday, 12:00–8:00 pm

Closed statutory holidays

Walkthrough of exhibition install
Walkthrough of exhibition install
Walkthrough of exhibition install
Walkthrough of exhibition install
Walkthrough of exhibition install
Walkthrough of exhibition install
Walkthrough of exhibition install
Walkthrough of exhibition install
Walkthrough of exhibition install
Walkthrough of exhibition install
Walkthrough of exhibition install
Walkthrough of exhibition install
Walkthrough of exhibition install