(Jan.10-Feb.08) Nestor Kruger ‘I See Nothing Around This Landscape’ (Toronto): painting
In Nestor Kruger’s recent works, the artist reproduces everyday subjects that often exist on the periphery of our consciousness due to their banality and their continuous replication. “Home” depicts townhouses, row houses and other semi-detached homes that are inherently symmetrical. “The paintings explore the latent sincerity of the generic, the real sentiment and power which is willingly invested in imagery of this kind… despite their seemingly impersonal reproduction in the culture at large”. The work “5-Day Forecast” borrows again from our collective trough of images garnered from current production technologies, most notably those used in broadcast television.
(Feb.14-Mar.15) Martin Pearce ‘Recent Paintings’ (Sheffield, England/ practicing in Toronto): painting
(Mar.21-Apr.19) Freda Guttman ‘Cassandra: An Opera In Four Acts’ (Quebec): multi-media installation
“I hear you. We hope that a voice resonates. That if it resonate it forms another space, and will send back beautiful, disruptive signals along the wires of omission. Sound us out. Hit me with a stick and my tubes will rattle. Sing directly into my mouth and you may engage my voice. A voice links a text to a body. Through it, speech is attributed to a person, and a person attribute to speech. Cassandra : an Opera in Four Acts offers a space in which we hear and hence imagine subjects who exist within and yet think outside of regimes of knowledge and silence. In a flickering black and white image, gestures of kinship are replayed and replayed with the unhurried care of one not involved but fully, compassionately, attentive”. –Annie Martin, from the accompanying text
(Apr.04-Apr.05) ‘MEDIA CITY III: Celebrity Meets Identity’
(Apr.25-May.24) James Williams ‘Steeltown’ (Hamilton)
“Steeltown” is an ongoing exploration and documentation of steel making and related industries and the demise of the industry’s presence in our region. The project consists of an exhibition of 7 ft. by 9 ft. photo montage portraits and 14 by 17 inch, unmatted, black framed, black and white portraits of workers in their work environments. The works are placed in conjunction with audio tapes consisting of interviews and testimonies of employers, employees and union representatives. What emerges in this work are questions about the economy and employment as they relate to identity and environment. The timing of this exhibition is in conjunction with the Workers Memorial Day (April 28). A modest publication is planned in collaboration with several labour groups in the community.
(May.30-Jun.29) Edward Pien ‘Invisible Sightings’
The process-oriented work of Edward Pien addresses a number of issues for the artist. The mass production of similar drawings on a daily basis, his process is at once a means for divulging his state of being and a means to represent the repetitive and relentless assembly-line work that he identifies with the experience of new immigrants, particularly his own mother. Also inherent in Pien’s work is an examination of culturally constructed identity or as he puts it, “the mass- produced self”. By co-opting the means of production that threaten identity, Pien is able to comment on the process of cultural stereotyping, and in that process, reclaim his own identity.
(Jul.4-Aug.09) ‘Oh Canada…..’ an all media group exhibition of “truly Canadian” portraits (curated by David Fine)
Peter K. Hendrick
Rachelle Viader Knowles
(Sept.05) 10:00 pm Eugene Chadbourne & guests “Insect and Western Party”– Musical performance
@ The Press Club
(Sept.05-Oct.04) Ben Darrah, Erik Edson, David Holden, Greg McHarg ‘HINTERLAND’
Detail of Greg McHarg’s work from “Hinterland”
“The idea for ‘Hinterland’ developed slowly as I repeatedly recognized in the work of the other three artist concerns that I also had. These shared concerns exist despite the relatively great stylistic disparity between our works. These concerns consist of questions being asked of identity, place and assumptions; and a re-examining of events that make up one’s history. Unlike an academic treatise, we do not pretend to present a single, unified answer to these questions.”
“I chose ‘Hinterland’ because it has very Canadian ring to it and it suggests a certain distance from the hustle and bustle of urban life. This is what the four of us are doing– creating some distance. By developing systems of examination and by mediating through different mediums we are placing ourselves in ‘Hinterland’.” –Ben Darrah
(Oct.10-Nov.08) Steven Dunning / Kevin Cook (Cambridge, Mass.) “FLAMING SENSES “
Steven Dunning’s painting “Top Service” from the “Flaming Senses” exhibition.
In ‘Flaming Senses’, Cook and Dunning each employ seemingly divergent modes of expression (one serious in intent and articulation, the other equally serious, yet rooted in the camp sensibility of the gay subculture) to communicate multi-leveled meanings. Dunning’s large scale, highly coloured paintings make provocative use of photographs and advertisements originally intended to promote the ideals of 1940s and 1950s mainstream America. By presenting his selected images in multi-layered, ironic juxtaposition, Dunning subverts the photographs’ original meanings to address both social conditions of the gay subculture and the “everyday plight of the individual expected to conform to social norms and mores.” In his video works, Cook similarly employs “elements of daily life” in stark juxtaposition: electronically processed images of leather types, fast food junkies and urban architecture combine to produce experimental narratives that challenge the conventions of conventional (commercial, mainstream) broadcast media. Although both artists make heavy use of humour and irony in their approach, it is this very point of access which raises serious questions about homophobia on the North American landscape.
(Nov.14-Nov.29) ARTSEEN V (group exhibition, all media, off site location at The Old Walkerville Post Office)
Detail of Melissa Mazar’s work from Artseen 5
A group show in a massive, three-story abandoned space! Full of installations, performances and new works… also featuring an opening-night performance by City-Wide Vacuum (Windsor) and Britain’s techno-pirate SCANNER (Robin Rimbaud) w/special guests Disseminator Audio (Windsor) on the closing night!
(Dec.05-Dec.23) 16th Doin’ The Louvre: Artcite’s annual, unjuried Christmas fundraising exhibition