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Twilight Zoo creator's new exhibit opens Thursday

'The Air Conditioned Nightmare' is a darkly humorous, satirical social commentary on the absurdities of modern-day existence
Tim Murton
Supplied photo of Tim Murton's work

Could it be that we’ve been conditioned to live unnatural lives? Like boiled frogs? Welcome to the dark side of Tim Murton’s brain.

The Air Conditioned Nightmare is a social commentary using satire and dark humour, often from a place of human disconnection and isolation, to shine a black light on the underbelly of our corporate world.

The Air Conditioned Nightmare is a dark and humorous look at the absurdities of modern-day existence,” says Elora artist Tim Murton. “It’s not pretty, but hopefully thought-provoking.”

The exhibition launches on Thursday, Oct. 10 with an opening reception at 7 p.m. in the Minarovich Gallery at the Elora Centre for the Arts, in partnership with The Porch Light. The exhibition will run during Monster Month and continue until Nov. 17. Admission is free.

Tim Murton is also well known for creating the Twilight Zoo in Elora as part of the annual Monster Month events in Elora and Fergus. His “creatures” are still alive and well and are installed throughout downtown Elora for the month of October.

“We thought Monster Month was a great time to feature the darker work of Tim Murton in our main gallery”, explains Lianne Carter, Director at the Elora Centre for the Arts. “There are many sides and shades to Tim Murton. We are also currently showcasing his luminous and introspective landscapes in the Harris gallery at the same time so that people can experience the diversity of his work.”

About the Artist

Tim Murton's paintings have been exhibited at Toronto's Harbourfront Centre Gallery, Kitchener Waterloo Art Gallery, The Harbinger Gallery, MacDonald Stewart Gallery in Guelph, Art Gallery of Windsor, Karger Gallery, Elora Centre for the Arts and Chimaera Gallery in the UK, among others. His work is in many private collections throughout Canada, England, Europe and the USA.