Marguerite MacIntosh // Closet Meditations

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Oct 28, 2022
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Dec 10, 2022
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Alternator Centre for Contemporary Art

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Opening October 28, 2022 in the Alternator Centre for Contemporary Art’s Project Gallery is “Closet Meditations” by Marguerite MacIntosh.

“Closet Meditations” emerged as a project following Marguerite MacIntosh’s participation in the Alternator Centre for Contemporary Art’s online exhibition The Assembly: Sustainability earlier this year and her reading of ‘The Journal of John Woolman’. Woolman was an eighteenth-century Quaker whose writings challenged issues of his day that continue to plague contemporary life, often speaking of how the lure of luxury manifested in possessions, clothing, and travel can so easily override sound judgment. Black clothing is historically related to the Quakers and other Christian religious orders and is also symbolic of death and mourning. “Closet Meditations” follows the seventeenth-century Dutch still-life vanitas tradition in which artists remind viewers of the imminence of death and the futility of worldly possessions.

In this installation, MacIntosh examines the contents of her own closet and its preponderance of black clothing. She considers how she uses the clothes she buys and wears to inform her identity in myriad ways, usually distracted and detached from the implications of this consumption in terms of environmental destruction and worker exploitation.

“Closet Meditations” is on from October 28 – November 19, 2022.
The Alternator Centre for Contemporary Art is open Tuesday to Friday, 11am – 6pm, and Saturday 11am – 4pm. To learn more about this exhibition visit www.alternatorcentre.com.