A new digital publication from the Art Gallery of Peterborough documents Setting afloat on a river in spate, a solo exhibition of artwork by Brad Copping, which was presented at the gallery from June 4 to September 4, 2016. This project is the gallery's first digital catalogue in a long history of publications which document its exhibitions and contribute to the field of contemporary Canadian art.
From the exhibition didactic:
Artist and glass blower Brad Copping spent a year in residence at the Canadian Canoe Museum covering a 16' cedar strip canoe in a mirrored mosaic map. The map charts the waterways from Copping's studio in Apsley, Ontario southward into the Trent Severn Waterway and on into Rice Lake.
"It is the experience of paddling on still and quiet nights, the sky clear and the moon yet to rise that moved me to create this work. The mirror—like surface of the water reflects the stars and I am given the sensation of moving myself through them. As the moon rises, the small ripples from my paddle and canoe cutting through the water sends the reflected light dancing across its surface." — Brad Copping
Published by the Art Gallery of Peterborough, 2022