Ernest Daetwyler
The Boat Project / everythingwillbefine

On view through spring 2022
Location: Cambridge Sculpture Garden, 53 Grand Ave S, Cambridge (Consult CSG Map for location)

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The Boat Project/everythingwillbefine
is constructed in steel and driftwood collected on the shores of Lake Huron. The large boat relates to philosophical notions of passage or journey. The subtitle carries a message, “everything will be fine” that can be read in multiple ways alluding to something that might be encouraging or possibly being read as sarcastic. The artist became aware of this expression in Zurich, Switzerland as graffiti (Alles Wird Gut) on the roof of an occupied industrial building, in the nineties during a time when youth activist movements, demonstrations and interactions between the police and civilians were tense.

The sculptural work has a strong and silent presence. Through the scale, its universal content in the current context, the boat opens a dialogue that asks the viewer to ask questions about time, life in this society and its contemporary moment in a pandemic, memory, flux, uncertainty, and is therefore connecting to histories past and present.

About the artist

Ernest Daetwyler studied at the Schule für Gestaltung, Bern, Switzerland, the Centro Europeo in Venice, Italy and received his master diploma from the Schule für Gestaltung, St. Gallen, Switzerland. His multidisciplinary exhibitions and public interventions/art projects are being presented in Canada and internationally. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, Pro Helvetia, Switzerland, the Swiss Federal Office of Culture, Presence Suisse, the Ontario Association of Art Galleries (OAAG) 2010 Exhibition of the Year Award, the Region of Waterloo Arts Fund, the Arts Award Waterloo Region in Visual Arts and the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, New York, N.Y. Ernest Daetwyler is a founding member, former Artistic/Executive Director of the international, artist-run biennial CAFKA, the Contemporary Art Forum Kitchener and Area. As Editor he has produced several publications and has served the non-profit organization on the Board of Directors and in numerous functions for more then fourteen years.

Recent selected exhibitions and projects in the public realm: Between a Rock and a Hard Place/the KW Homeless Memorial, a community public art project for the City of Kitchener, Vogelsang Green Park, Kitchener (2020), abidjanshipabidjan, Abidjan Green Arts Biennale, Banco National Park, Abidjan (2019), Ivory Coast, The Boat Project/everythingwillbefine, Cambridge Sculpture Garden, Ontario (2020/22) and the McMaster Museum of Art, Hamilton, Ontario (2018/20), Past/Present/Future for the Region of Waterloo at the former County Court House building, Kitchener, Ontario, The Messenger Project, Erindale GO-Station, Mississauga, with The City of Mississauga, Metrolinx and the Credit First Nation, Water to Fire, fire station #4, The City of Waterloo, All’s Well, science building, CSUB, California State University Bakersfield, California, The Lion and the Lamb, Waterloo Regional Police Services Division North, The Region of Waterloo, The Tree of Life, Sunnyside Campus, Kitchener, The Region of Waterloo, life is but a dream Definitely Superior Art Gallery, WKP Kennedy Public Art Gallery and Gallery Stratford, Ontario, Reality in Reverse [barn raising] Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery, Pasewalk Police Phoenix, Pasewalk, Germany, Shelter Spheres Artspace, Peterborough, time bomb, the 4th International Forest Art Path, Darmstadt, Germany, The Luggage Project Victoria Park, The City of Kitchener, Ontario, Vogelfrei 7, Darmstadt, love seat, the Art Gallery of Peterborough, Forest Cell Sph[air]es the 3rd International Forest Art Path, Darmstadt, Germany, VI Vrsac Biennial in Serbia and Montenegro, 8th Havana Biennial, Cuba, ArtCanal during the expo.02, the Swiss National Exhibition, Le Landeron, Switzerland, University of Waterloo Art Gallery, Ontario, 1st KW/AG Biennial and Sampler, the 2nd KW/AG Biennial Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery, Durham Art Gallery, WKP Kennedy Public Art Gallery, North Bay, Art Gallery of Mississauga, Idea Exchange, Cambridge Galleries, Gallery Stratford, Ed Video Media Arts Centre, Guelph and Peak Gallery (now Matter Gallery), Toronto.

Image: Ernest Daetwyler, The Boat Project everythingwillbefine, (2020). Image courtesy the artist.