Ben Smit. Neon Crib. Installation view. Photo: Peter MacCallum

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DOMESTIC BLISS

Ben Smit

26 November 1992 - 19 December 1992
Opening Reception 19 November 1992 8pm

Main Gallery: Domestic Bliss Domestic Bliss, an exhibition of recent sculpture and drawings by Toronto artist Ben Smit, opens at Mercer Union November 19 at 8pm and continues through December 19, 1992. Challenging the myths of modern day urban parenting, the exhibition includes a baby crib constructed out of glass neon tubes, a potty made […]

Robert Fones. Anthropomorphiks. Installation view. Photo: Peter MacCallum

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SERIES #3 IN THE PROJECT ROOM

Robert Fones

26 November 1992 - 19 December 1992
Opening Reception 26 November 1992 8pm

Project Room: Series #3 in the Project Room Under the title Series, Mercer Union is presenting a number of exhibitions in the Project Room which investigate the recent history of local art. Series 3 is an exhibition of work by Robert Fones from the early 1970’s. The show opens on November 26 at 8pm and […]

Arnaud Maggs and Lisa Steele. Charlie and his son Jim. Installation view. Photo: Peter MacCallum.

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SERIES #2 IN THE PROJECT ROOM

Arnaud Maggs and Lisa Steele

29 October 1992 - 21 November 1992
Opening Reception 1 January 1970 12am

Project Room: Series #2 This exhibition examines the staging of the body in relation to the viewer. That is to say, in these works the body is presented as a site of representational investigation – not only as material object, but also as a manifestation of history and identity. The photographs by Arnaud Maggs and […]

Karen Henderson. Detail view. Photo: Peter MacCallum

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KAREN HENDERSON

Karen Henderson

15 October 1992 - 14 November 1992
Opening Reception 15 October 1992 8pm

Main Gallery: Karen Henderson Mercer Union is pleased to present the work of Toronto-based artist Karen Henderson in her first solo exhibition in Toronto. Henderson’s large-scale wall works have incorporated materials such as lead and treacle in installations which are rooted in visuality. Her exhibitions are concerned with a process which references: chance, repetition, relationship […]

Jean Poldaas. Installation view. Project room. Photo: Peter MacCallum

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PROJECT ROOM SERIES #1: PAINTINGS FROM THE EG SERIES

Jaan Poldaas

1 October 1992 - 24 October 1992
Opening Reception 1 October 1992 8pm

Project Room: Project Room Series 1: Paintings from the EG Series Jaan Poldaas’s EG Series (1978), an investigation into the limits and possibilities of painting, evokes a crucial moment in recent art discourse when the critical potential of abstract painting appeared to be exhausted. While the predominant local practice of the time was predicated on […]

Dominque Pelletey. Installation view. East gallery. Photo: Peter MacCallum

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A COLLECTION: CIRCLE

Dominique Pelletey

10 September 1992 - 10 October 1992
Opening Reception 10 September 1992 8pm

East Gallery: A Collection: Circle Mercer Union Centre for Contemporary Visual Art is pleased to present an exhibition by Dutch artist Pelletey entitled A collection: Circle. This is Pelletey’s first solo exhibition in Toronto. Pelletey’s work is reminiscent of pictures in an anthropology textbook. The emphatic isolation and repetition of iconic elements (in this instance […]

Shelly Niro. Portrait #4. Installation view. East Gallery. Photo: Peter MacCallum

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MOHAWKS IN BEEHIVES + OTHER WORK

Shelley Niro

Curated by Carol Podedworny

25 June 1992 - 25 July 1992
Opening Reception 25 June 1992 8pm

East Gallery: Mohawks in Beehives + Other Works Mercer Union is pleased to present the work of Brantford artist Shelley Niro in her first solo exhibition in Toronto. This exhibit deals with stereotyping and the need to be aware of it: to question what we keep and what we throw away.” – Shelley Niro Mohawks […]

Barrie Jones. Bianca. Installation view. West gallery. Photo: Peter MacCallum.

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BARRIE JONES

Barrie Jones

Curated by Carol Podedworny

25 June 1992 - 25 July 1992
Opening Reception 25 June 1995 8pm

West Gallery : Barrie Jones West Gallery: Barrie Jones Mercer Union is pleased to present the work of Windsor artist Barrie Jones in his first solo exhibition in Toronto since 1982. In his work, Young Women and Young Men of Canada, Jones combines photographic portraiture with line drawings taken from classical antiquity to question notions […]

Barbara Claus. Installation view. East gallery. Photo: Peter MacCallum

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RECENT WORKS

Barbara Claus

21 May 1992 - 20 June 1992
Opening Reception 21 May 1992 8pm

East Gallery:  Recent Works Mercer Union Centre for Contemporary Art is pleased to present the most recent photo based installation by Montreal artist, Barbara Claus. Barbara Claus’ previous installations have combined enlarged photographic details of funerary architecture with menacing, yet lyrical charcoal drawings executed on the wall. These drawings have often depicted plans for imaginary, […]

Valerie Gill. Installation view West Gallery. Photo: Peter MacCallum.

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RECENT WORKS

Valerie Gill

21 May 1992 - 20 June 1992
Opening Reception 21 May 1992 8pm

West Gallery: Recent Works Installation Canadian Artist

John Francis. Installation view. East Gallery. Photo: Peter MacCallum.

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NEW SCULPTURE

John Francis

16 April 1992 - 16 May 1992
Opening Reception 16 April 1992 8pm

East Gallery: New Sculpture Mercer Union is pleased to present new sculptural works by Quebec artist John Francis. With the exhibition New Sculpture, John Francis continues his investigation of the physical and psychological dimensions of human transformation and evolution. Combining interests in alchemy, shamanism and contemporary science, Francis constructs sculptures suggesting instruments to be employed […]

Michael Buchanan. Installation view. West Gallery. Photo: Peter MacCallum.

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CASTING LIGHT, BEYOND A SHADOW OF A DOUBT

Michael Buchanan

16 April 1992 - 16 May 1992
Opening Reception 16 April 1992 8pm

West Gallery: Casting Light, Beyond A Shadow Of A Doubt Mercer Union is pleased to present the installation, Casting Light, Beyond a Shadow of a Doubt by Toronto artist, Michael Buchanan. Incorporating wire structures, backlit images and projected lights, Buchanan’s installation recreates for the viewer the experience of standing before the Aurora Borealis. Concerned with […]

Stephen Andrews. Facsimile (Part 3). Installation view. Photo: Peter MacCallum.

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RETHINKING HISTORY

John Abrams, Stephen Andrews, Robert Houle, Sara Leydon, Edward Poitras, and Jane Ash Poitras

Curated by Carol Podedworny

12 March 1992 - 11 April 1992
Opening Reception 12 March 1992 8pm

East and West Galleries Rethinking History, curated by Carol Podedworny, brings together a group of artists whose work, whether concerned with issues of authority, expose, subjecthood, challenges the construction of the dominant History of the West. The artists participating in the exhibition are: John Abrams, Stephen Andrews, Robert Houle, Sara Leydon, Edward Poitras and Jane […]

Serge Murphy. Installation view. West Gallery.  Photo: Peter MacCallum.

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LA MAGASIN MONUMENTAL

Serge Murphy

6 February 1992 - 7 March 1992
Opening Reception 6 February 1992 8pm

West Gallery: Le Magasin Monutmental Mercer Union Centre for Contemporary Visual Art is pleased to present an installation of recent works by Montreal artist, Serge Murphy. The installation, Le Magasin Monumental, is composed of mixed-media pieces, “reliefs au mur” constructed out of discarded materials (wire, weathered wood and stories) and installed on the wall among […]

From left to right: Enn Erisalu. Gutenberg., Memory Melody. and Alternate. Installation view. East Gallery. Photo: Peter MacCallum.

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ENN ERISALU

Enn Erisalu

2 January 1992 - 1 February 1992
Opening Reception 2 January 1992 8pm

East Gallery: Enn Erisalu Mercer Union, A Centre for Contemporary Visual Art is pleased to present an exhibition of paintings by Enn Erisalu. Referring to Cubism, Constructivism and the Italian Metaphysical school, Enn Elisalu’s previous paintings investigated the nature of illusion, optics and perception activated through abstraction. They addressed the contradictions of surface and depth, […]

From left to right: Michael Daigneault. Several Entrances., Being Yellow. Installation view. West Gallery. Photo: Peter MacCallum.

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IT WAS ONCE ABSTRACT

Michel Daigneault

2 January 1992 - 1 February 1992
Opening Reception 2 January 1992 8pm

West Gallery: It was once abstract MERCER UNION, A Centre for Contemporary Visual Art is pleased to present an exhibition of paintings by Michel Daigneault. Originally a resident of Montreal, Daigneault presently resides in New York City. Michel Daigneaut’s work addresses the presumption of totality so often ascribed to abstract paintings both formally and philosophically. […]