Munro Ferguson June

Date(s): Sep 18 to Oct 23 2021

Location: Small gallery

Exhibition

Munro Ferguson, still from June, 2003

Interdisciplinary artist and feminist director Joyce Wieland is not only a major figure of Canadian contemporary art, she was also a major figure in the life of artist Munro Ferguson, as a friend, teacher, and mentor. Her passing in 1998, after living with Alzheimer’s disease for several years, profoundly saddened Ferguson, who went on to create June to celebrate his friend’s art and memory. June, an abstract stereoscopic animation of curved lines and circles recalling Wieland’s style, was produced in collaboration with the National Film Board of Canada. Cathartic, immersive and hand-drawn, the six-minute video in presented in a loop in OBORO’s small gallery.

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Munro Ferguson, still from June, 2003

Born in New York City in 1960, Munro Ferguson studied painting and drawing at Banff and Philosophy at the University of Toronto. In 1984 Munro created Eureka!, a comic strip about science which was syndicated in over 30 newspapers internationally. In 1994, he joined the National Film Board English Program’s Animation Studio, where he wrote, directed and animated numerous films including Falling in Love Again, winner of the 2004 Genie Award for Best Animated Short.

In an interview by Aaron Pollard (multidisciplinary artist and researcher and head of OBORO’s multimedia sector), artist and NFB animator Munro Ferguson shares some of the magic behind June.

Munro Ferguson, view of the installation June, 2021. Photo: Paul Litherland

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