The Lucky Season
Opening November 6th, 2009 from 7-10pm
Living in the dark, secret skulls hide inside a destroyed cottage that still has a bright life line running through it. With its superstitious horse shoe removed, tattooed webs now grow in its corners and closets. Outside in the surrounding forest, a girl targets trees and marks them for destruction. This all occurs on the Western shore of Tomb Lake, rimmed with its dead Iron woods that were first discovered lifetimes ago during the lucky season.
Oakley is a graduate of OCAD and has had numerous exhibitions exploring the contemporary landscape in paintings, sculpture, wall drawings and photography. Harnessing the power of a vast and seemingly unexplored landscape to suggest narratives in his work, Oakley often weaves the experience of locations, both inspiring and mysterious into the fabric of his exhibitions. Smoke, clouds, trees and skulls are all recurring elements in Oakley’s landscape, spaces we often recognize and associate with yet can’t be place in geographic location.