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Desire for Proximity: Let's Play | Natalie Bruvels

Desire for Proximity: Let's Play | Natalie Bruvels

October 15 to November 21, 2021
View the exhibition catalogue here

Desire for Proximity: Let’s Play reflects Bruvels’ wishes, shared in this global moment, to be close, tactile, and pleasure-filled with others. Analogous with the histories of letting loose after catastrophes, her eye-catching, candy-coloured painted canvases dream of future physical proximities between bodies engaged in play.

The exhibition features a collaborative painting between Bruvels and her 10-year-old son Tomson, who call themselves the Cat Attack Collective. As the duo’s boundaries between home and work collapsed over the last year and a half, their shared artistic labours have explored the relational identities between care and provision, often asking the question, “How does one play with urgency?”
Through an optimistic colour palette of fantastical compositions, Bruvels imagines a tomorrow for bodies in close togetherness. Is it time? When can we come out and play again?

Moonlight, 2021
Oil on canvas
30 x 36 in. / 76.2 x 91.4 cm

Watch the exhibition tour and here