In A Swiftly Tilting Planet, a new virtual exhibition that opened April 19 at Grasslands Gallery Online to welcome Earth Day 2022, artists with Grasslands Gallery Online explore the gifts of this remarkable place we inhabit. The exhibition title is taken from a 1978 book by Madeleine L’Engle and an early 20th century poem by Conrad Aiken, suggesting this time in the world’s history when if we don’t pay attention to the beauty around us, we will surely lose it.
Virtual exhibitions are a regular event at Grasslands Gallery Online, Saskatchewan’s professional commercial art gallery operating entirely in the online sphere. They allow art viewers located anywhere to visit the gallery and see beautiful local Saskatchewan art from the comfort and safety of their own computer. Walking with your fingers, you have the option to wander around these elegant virtual rooms with virtual light coming through the virtual windows, or to take advantage of a remotely guided tour available through the exhibition software.
Unlike traditional art galleries, Grasslands Gallery Online doesn’t focus on renting a building, keeping a physical structure operational, or having staff in place for a certain number of hours per week. Grasslands Gallery Online focuses only on the art it makes available, the viewers who want to view and own the art, and the artists who make it.
With this exhibition, Grasslands Gallery Online offers artworks ranging from from flora and fauna close up to the splendor of the sky, from pure abstraction to imaginative realism to pure imagination. All of it focuses on the extraordinary value of our increasingly endangered planet. Some of the most interesting artists in this very artistic province hang out here. The gallery is proud to host them and to ship their art everywhere in the world.
Exhibition title taken from…
Madeleine L’Engle. A Swiftly Tilting Planet. (Time Quintet, Vol. 3). New York: Farrar, Strauss & Giroux, 1978
“It is morning, Senlin says, and in the morning / When the light drips through the shutters like the dew, / I arise, I face the sunrise, / And do the things my fathers learned to do. / Stars in the purple dusk above the rooftops / Pale in a saffron mist and seem to die, / And I myself on a swiftly tilting planet / Stand before a glass and tie my tie.” (Morning Song of Senlin, Conrad Aiken, 1889-1973)