January 25 – April 1, 2017

Northern Oracle

Heather Hart

Northern Oracle is an ambitious rooftop installation that emerges from the floor of the gallery, and is accompanied by a series of mixed media drawings. Through her work, Heather Hart considers Black histories, access to ownership, taking up physical space, and the significance of having a place to call home. Visitors will be able to access both the rooftop and its floor level attic, while further contemplating and enacting upon the corollary of these vantage points. The “Oracle”, located in the attic, is the heart of the work and is a site-specific shrine where visitors may leave behind offerings.

Northern Oracle will provide a performative area, a locale for demonstration of power, influence, and direction where the idiom, “shout it from the rooftop” will be made literal. Throughout the exhibition, the space will be activated by performances, lectures and workshops.

Visitors are encouraged to physically interact with Northern Oracle, but must adhere to the following guidelines:

- Wear flat, rubber-soled shoes;
- Be at least 10 years old (minors under the age of 18 years old must be accompanied by a guardian);
- Do not carry any items, such as a purse, camera, or cell phone.

Northern Oracle is the winner of the Ontario Association of Art Galleries (OAAG) 2017 Exhibition of the Year.

About the Artist

Heather Hart is a visual artist who works in a variety of media including interactive and participatory installation, drawing, collage, and painting. Her work has been included in a variety of publications and exhibited worldwide including at the Institute of Contemporary Art (Philadelphia, PA), the Gantt Center (Charlotte, NC), The Brooklyn Museum and the Seattle Art Museum's Olympic Sculpture Park. She studied at Princeton and received her MFA from Rutgers. Born in Seattle, Hart now lives and works in Brooklyn.

Supported by Equity and Diversity in the Arts (Department of Arts, Culture & Media, University of Toronto Scarborough).