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Sympathetic Hunting Magic

Niall Donaghy, Shelly Rahme

with Gil McElroy

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"The review of the historical significance of Paleolithic cave paintings often references an anthropological theory that Paleolithic peoples believed in and practiced forms of magic, in particular ""sympathetic hunting magic,"" which posits that images of animal art painted on walls were intended to compel the world to magically improve the hunt. The theory is often disputed by contemporary scholars and it is argued that perhaps the opposite is true; that these paintings expressed an understanding that the world cannot be compelled into action. It is in this context that recent work by sculptors Niall Donaghy and Shelly Rahme can be viewed. Donaghy's WWII B-29 bomber scale version cannot of itself serve to avert nuclear destruction; Rahme's ""river"" of kitchen knives cannot reduce the turbulent flow of water against rocks."

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Gil McElroy

A military brat, Gil McElroy was born in Metz, France, and grew up on air force bases in Canada and the United States. He studied English literature at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. His critical writing on art has been published in magazines in Canada, the United States and Australia, and he has worked as an independent curator since the 1980s, organizing exhibitions for galleries in Ontario and the Maritimes. From 1997 to 2000, he was Curator at the Confederation Centre Art Gallery and Museum in Charlottetown, PEI. He won the Christina Sabat Award for Art Criticism in 2001 for his curatorial essay on the visual poetry of bpNichol, “Ground States: The Visual Contexts of bpNichol.” He is also an artist, exhibiting gallery and site-specific installations based on his interests in cosmology. He has published poetry widely in Canadian and American periodicals and anthologies, and a book-length collection of his recent poetry, Dream Pool Essays, was released by Talonbooks in the fall of 2001. He currently lives in Colborne, Ontario.

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