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Ted Rettig has exhibited for nearly four decades across Canada. His first exhibition was at the Wynick/Tuck Gallery (then Aggregation Gallery) in 1974. He has exhibited regularly with WTG since then, his most recent solo show taking place in the fall of 2011. We will be mounting his 40th year anniversary exhibition at WTG in 2014 as part of our pop-up exhibition program. (Dates and location to be announced).
His work is also included in many private and public collections including the Art Gallery of Ontario; Art Gallery of Hamilton, Hamilton, Ontario; E.P. Taylor Library, Artists’ Bookworks Collection; Canada Council Art Bank, Ottawa; Government of Ontario Art Collection, Toronto; National Gallery of Canada Library; Nickel Arts Museum, Calgary, Alberta; Olympia & York Companies, New York, NY.
Rettig practice has included finely carved stones, three dimensional assemblages of found objects, drawing, photographs, text and installations that have included a combination of his repertoire. He is also well known for his book works and intimate drawings on paper and clay as well as finely crafted original prints of great subtlety.
Writing about a recent Rettig exhibition in the Globe and Mail, Gary Michael Dault remarked:
“On the one hand, he makes remarkably gnomic and indeed almost mute works often involving, say, the light carving of runic marks, often botanically derived, into surfaces of smooth rocks. On the other hand, he fashions sculptural works from jangles of found materials, bringing his unlikely elements together in poetic… three-dimensional collages…the mystical, quasi-surrealistic pleasure of assemblage.”
Dan Donovan, writing in his book The Donovan Collection, remarks of one of Rettig’s stone carvings “One could imagine it being hewn out of a massive rock face. It speaks of time and its passage, and of things hidden and precious….Like so much of Rettig’s work, it is quiet and quieting. It invites contemplation.”
At the time of this writing, his carved stone work, Althea is part of the semi-permanent installation, Paradise, at the Art Gallery of Ontario, one of several important works acquired by the institution recently.
Exhibitions from 2002-2012: on the archived WTG site.