Shary Boyle: Scarecrow
October 20, 2017 to May 6, 2018

Shary Boyle is Toronto performance artist, sculptor, painter and filmmaker with a national and international reputation. She is known for her fey, feminist explorations of anxiety, desire and otherness through the marginalized genres of decoration, illustration and fantasy. Boyle graduated from the Ontario College of Art and Design in 1994. her most recent solo and two-person exhibitions include: Shary Boyle and Emily Vey Duke: The Illuminations Project at Oakville Galleries (2014-15); Canadian Artist at the BMO Project Room, Toronto (2012); Shary Boyle: Flesh and Blood at UQAM, Montreal, Quebec, which traveled to the Art Gallery of Ontario and the Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver (2010-2011); and a solo exhibition at the Power Plant, Toronto (2006). Her work was recently included in the major survey exhibitions Shine A Light: The Canadian Biennial 2014 at the National Gallery of Canada (2014) and Oh, Canada at MASS MoCA (2012). Her artwork has been featured in several publications including: Otherworld Uprising (SAAG and Conundrum Press, 2008); Witness My Shame (Conundrum Press, 2005); and The Story of Jane Doe (Random House, 2004). Boyle’s work is represented in the collections of the National Gallery of Canada, Art Gallery of Ontario, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Ydessa Hendeles Gallery and the Paisley Museum and Art Gallery (Scotland). She was a finalist for the Sobey Art Award (2007, 2009), the recipient of the Gershon Iskowitz Prize (2009) and the Hnatyshyn Foundation Award (2010). Boyle importance among a generation of Canadian artists that includes David Altmejd, Valérie Blass, Steven Shearer and Daniel Barrow was confirmed through her selection to represent Canada at the 55th Venice Biennale in 2013.


This exhibition is presented as part of the Collection Insight Series - a series of exhibitions designed to offer new takes on the MacKenzie’s permanent collection through exhibitions and artist interventions. The series draws on the myriad stories connected to the nearly 5,000 works held by the gallery. Artists and arts specialists have been invited to mine the collection and design exhibitions that challenge assumptions and open new contexts for understanding.