Paul Petro Contemporary

980 Queen St. West, Toronto
M6J 1H1

Wednesday – Saturday 11 AM-5 PM

Closed Sunday ~ Tuesday and all major holidays.

Paul Petro Contemporary Art features two floors of exhibition space and has been exhibiting Canadian and international artists by invitation since 1993.

Paul Petro Contemporary Art is pleased to present an installation by FASTWÜRMS and sculpture by Michel Dumont.

Based in the territory of Treaty 18, FASTWÜRMS’ witch queer #VOLCANO_LOV3R is a primordial geo-queer liberation narrative, the super-heated witchcraft of “many and more,” the vulcanology and libidinal economy of abundance, reciprocity, and generosity.

“Like a wind, like a storm, like a fire, like an earthquake, like a mud slide, like a deluge, like a tree falling, a torrent roaring, an ice floe breaking, like a tidal wave, like a shipwreck, like an explosion, like a lid blown off, like a consuming fire, like spreading blight, like a sky darkening, a bridge collapsing, a hole opening. Like a volcano erupting.” (Susan Sontag, The Volcano Lover, 1992)

#VOLCANO_LOV3R is presented in conjunction with the exhibition Mukwa Dodem (I am Bear Clan) by Michel Dumont, a queer, two-spirit, Métis artist from the Robinson-Superior Treaty area. The exhibition, Dumont’s first with the gallery, focuses on a range of tiled mosaics produced from 2017-2022. Dumont explains, ‘It is an exploration of the clan system and legends in a modern way.” The exhibition also features a major tiled work, Mission Indian Day School, based on his mother’s classroom photograph.

Photo-based works by both artists are presented in conjunction with the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival.

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