Featuring 70 works from both public and private collections, The Things in My Head is the largest exhibition of Falk's work in 15 years and establishes Gathie Falk as a pivotal figure in relation to the Pop Art, Conceptual Art, and feminist art movements in Canada.
Over the past sixty years, Gathie Falk has deftly traversed the mediums of performance, sculpture, painting, drawing, ceramics, and installation establishing herself as a true multi-disciplinarian. Her bold disregard for convention has led to an expansive practice that is fueled by a desire to transform her mediums as much as her subjects. This exhibition recognizes the continuum of an incredible artist by featuring a number of ideas that have been revisited by Falk over the decades, from the fruit piles that infuse minimalism with domestic content, to the sculptures, photographs and performance works that explore body types and rituals. The works are as rigorous and pertinent today as they were in the 1960s when Falk was making the first installations and performances in Canada. Now at the age of 87, Falk continues to undertake projects that require the development of a new understanding of material and practice, and the result is a body of work that not only stands the test of time, but reflects her position as one of Canada’s most significant artists.
Gathie Falk’s practice meticulously transforms objects of everyday experience into extraordinary things. Working in a variety of media that includes performance art, sculpture, ceramics, painting and drawing, Falk has produced works that feel surreal and dreamlike, reinventing clothing, fruit, plants, shoes, or baseball caps into objects of much greater significance. Although these objects are relatable in their familiarity, it is the personal symbols they carry – not the universal – that are of interest to Falk. Her practice has been aligned with the traditions of Surrealism, Funk, Fluxus, and Pop Art, but the influences are rarely direct. Indeed, Falk is most comfortable when poised on the edge of contradictions.