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Change happens quickly. This year we saw revolutions and protests across the globe; we watched the worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl, live, on our computers, televisions and telephones; we witnessed the leaking of secret government documents, available on the internet for all to read - and that’s jut to name a few. It has been a truly incredible year; these changes are still fresh in our memories. It is easy to remember one year: how does one track and appreciate the decades of change that have transpired in the world over decades and centuries?

My experience with grunt gallery has made a lasting impact on my learning and relationship to my community, but, most importantly, it has reinforced that art is a powerful way of documenting and representing the transitions within human thought and emotion that have framed the world over decades. Grunt has been around for 28 years; the amount of history it has accumulated over those years is intimidating and impressive. The Activating the Archives project is a way to remember the path that grunt has taken, and to inspire others to appreciate this path and gain a new understanding of the processes the world took to bring us to where we are today.

This Sculpture site that Program Director Glenn Alteen and I have put together shows a vast variety of sculpture. Looking through this website, one will notice many approaches and styles - from minimalism to feminism to social commentary on the spaces in which we live. Each exhibit archived in this website was created with a unique purpose, but they all have something in common: each is a means of dealing with social and emotional realities that remain unique to the time in which each exhibit was created. I hope that the visitors of this website enjoy the art, but also keep a thought in mind: these exhibits are not merely creatures of “the gallery”. They all engage with and try to comprehend the world around them - and this is something that we are still very much concerned with today. Be it 2012, 1999, or 1984, our years will always be connected by our struggle to understand our places in the world.

Polina Bachlakova
Co curator

This site is dedicated to the memory of George Sawchuk and Annette Hurtig.