The Cape Breton University Art Gallery opens its latest exhibition, David Diviney: Head for the Hills on Friday, November 25 at 6pm. The exhibition presents 20 works of sculpture spanning 13 years of the artist’s career. Born in the Appalachian foothills of Pennsylvania, Diviney has worked as an artist, teacher and curator and is currently the Curator of Exhibitions for the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia.
Diviney’s assemblages are constructed from everyday and DIY materials (particle board, rubber boots, galvanized steel buckets), presenting the audience with a challenging and humorous approach to notions of “high” and “low” culture.
Director/Curator of the Cape Breton University Art Gallery, Laura Schneider says, “We’re really excited to present this project, and I think that the Cape Breton audience will relate to David’s treatment of rural and urban themes as well as his use of humour. After all, Sydney is the second largest urban settlement in the province, yet Cape Breton Island is characterized by an abundance of remote and isolated communities. Cape Bretoners are impacted by these competing identities in their everyday lives.”
The project, curated by Peter Dykhuis and supported with funding from Canada Council for the Arts, originated at Dalhousie University Art Gallery where it was first presented in the fall of 2010. The exhibition will be at Cape Breton University Art Gallery from November 25 until January 20, 2012. The artist will be present at the opening reception and will give a talk from 6-7 pm.