PAST EVENT

Performance evening: Pousse Cafe

17 November 1998 8pm

Nov 7, 1998 8pm De Leon White Gallery 455 King Street West Featuring: Tanya Mars, Shannon Cochrane, Anne Marie Hood, Johanna Householder, Istvan Kanton, Robert Lee, Jusith Norris, Stephen Rife. Curated by: Louise Liliefeldt and Paul Couillard

Dariusz Boron. Detail. Installation view. Windows. Photography by Cheryl O'Brien.

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DIAGNOSTICS

Dariusz Boron

5 November 1998 - 19 December 1998
Opening Reception 5 November 1998 8pm

Window: Diagnostics The inspiration for Diagnoistics was provoked by the book Technology and The Canadian Mind. In particular, I found inspirational the writing by Kroker and Harold Innis and Innis’ determination to create a fusion point between individual circumstance as historical beings buffeted by social forces beyond our control and silent language of industrial technology […]

Iris Seyler. Installation view. Project Room. Photography by Cheryl O'Brien.

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SENSELUCENCE

Iris Seyler

5 November 1998 - 18 December 1998
Opening Reception 5 November 1998 8pm

Project Room: Senselucence Senselucence ploys glass in a way that inverts its conventional symbolic meaning. The layers are reminiscent of the stratigraphic column of geology. The photocopies of the eye, mouth, nose, ear and finger embedded in these layers mimic fossils – or rather fossilized tracks deposited at different points in time. The entire construction […]

David Miller. Installation view. Main Gallery. Photography by Cheryl O'Brien.

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MEMORIAL FOR AN INVISIBLE MONUMENT

David Miller

5 November 1998 - 19 December 1998
Opening Reception 5 November 1998 8pm

Main Gallery: Memorial for an Invisible Monument Towards the end of the XXth century people are looking backwards, into the past, as did Angelus Novus in Klee’s painting interpreted by Walter Benjamin. If I remember well, the angel’s gaze froze as in a ‘flashback’ that momentarily shed light into the dark corridor of history. “This […]

Janet Morton. View from the exterior. Windows. Photography by Cheryl O'Brien.

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THE ASCENSION OF THE GOOD BUSINESS MAN

Janet Morton

10 September 1998 - 31 October 1998
Opening Reception 10 September 1998 8pm

Windows: The Ascension of the Good Businessman Morton’s window installation was inspired by her daily bike trips up Bay Street and by her belief that in some way or another, each of us has aspirations of transcendence. Janet Morton has recently exhibited in a number of group shows throughout Ontario including the Galleria, London and […]

Michael Alstad. Installation view. Project Room. Photography by Cheryl O'Brien.

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THE LAST SUPPER

Michael Alstad

10 September 1998 - 31 October 1998
Opening Reception 10 September 1998 8pm

Project Room: The Last Supper “My installation at Mercer is a response to a New York Times news item which was reprinted in the Globe and Mail’s Focus & Books section. The article What’s Cooking on Death Row was a report of the 144 men executed by Texas in the last 15 years and the […]

George Bures Miller. Installation View. Main Gallery. Photography by Cheryl O'Brien.

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SIMPLE EXPERIMENTS IN AERODYNAMICS: 6 & 7

George Bures Miller

10 September 1998 - 31 October 1998
Opening Reception 10 September 1998 8pm

Main Gallery: Simple Experiments in Aerodynamics: 6 & 7 George Bures Miller‘s Simple Experiments in Aerodynamicsseries are less propositions for actual scientific experiments and more points of departure, preparatory works that represent and inform the sentiments of surprise, daring and crisis that accompany the experimental and subsequent experiential process. The mixed media sculptures are spare, […]

John Marriott. View from exterior. Windows. Photography by Cheryl O'Brien.

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DIG, HEAD-LEVEL HAPPENING, COURTESY MOMENTS: AFTER YOU

John Marriott

25 June 1998 - 1 August 1998
Opening Reception 25 June 1998 8pm

Windows: Dig, Head-level Happening, Courtesy Moments: After You (Art that Says Hello) In some of my art, as seen in this exhibition, I attempt to bring together disparate references, often taken from banal or common-place social artifacts, behaviours, or codes of meaning that are considered so unglamorous or boringly functional as to be unworthy of […]

Penelope Stewart. Installation view. Project Room. Photography by Cheryl O'Brien.

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PHALAENE, SPIDERSENSE #6

Penelope Stewart

25 June 1998 - 1 August 1998
Opening Reception 25 June 1998 8pm

Project Room: Phalaene, Spidersense #6 In Penelope Stewart’s site-sensitive installation for The House Project (1994), the architecture played an integral role as the armature for the work. The careful tailoring of the room to organza articulated and made visible that body, that skin, that invisible history latent within that space, the House; the site of […]

John Dickson. Installation View. Main Gallery. Photography by Cheryl O'Brien.

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JOHN DICKSON

John Dickson

25 June 1998 - 1 August 1998
Opening Reception 25 June 1998 8pm

Main Gallery: John Dickson The Enlightenment provided an ordered model of the universe. That model was mechanical. The mechanical universe was solvable, computable, predictable. That was the hope. A doubting hope. Some prefer to say that curiosity motivates, then as now, humanity’s search for answers; and admittedly, curiosity does have feel-good appeal – a creative, […]

Juliet Palmer. Installation view. Project Room. Photography by Cheryl O'Brien.

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A GUIDED VIEWING, SPIDERSENSE #5

Juliet Palmer

14 May 1998 - 20 June 1998
Opening Reception 14 May 1998 8pm

Project Room: A Guided Viewing, Spidersense #5 Mercer Union is pleased to present the fifth part in the Spidersense series of six exhibitions curated by board members Reid Diamond and Evelyn Von Michalofski. For each Spidersense, a visual artist and a concrete poet engage in spatial activities: one artist in the project room and one […]

Ingrid Chu. View from the exterior. Windows. Photography by Cheryl O'Brien.

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EUPHORIA – EMPORIA

Ingrid Chu

14 May 1998 - 20 June 1998
Opening Reception 14 May 1998 8pm

Windows: Euphoria-Emporia Euphoria-Emporia examines how we are influenced and affected by our surrounding environment. Through the creation of a false storefront window, Chu examines the effects of consumer culture on our society. Taking cues from advertising, fashion, and the media. Chu’s window display operates as both an artistic and commercial display, challenging what is and […]

Bruce La Bruce, Lisa Daenne Smith, and David Grenier. Installation view. Main Gallery. Photography by Cheryl O'Brien.

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THERE’S SOMETHING I’VE BEEN MEANING TO TELL YOU

Bruce La Bruce, Lisa Deanne Smith, David Grenier

14 May 1998 - 20 June 1998
Opening Reception 14 May 1998 8pm

Main Gallery: There’s Something I’ve Been Meaning To Tell You To utter the classic leading line There’s something I’ve been meaning to tell you…–even without making the specific revelation that it preludes–is to already betray a great deal: that there is something to be said, that something prevents it from being said, and that something […]

Donna Brunsdale. Installation view. Windows. Photography by Cheryl O'Brien.

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MOUNTAIN SERIES

Donna Brunsdale

2 April 1998 - 9 May 1998
Opening Reception 2 April 1998 8pm

Windows: Mountains series Mercer Union is pleased to present Calgary-based Donna Brunsdale in the window. Brunsdale has documented things which are often overlooked, have little importance and few notable features. Photographs from the Mountains series are incorporated into the window, constructing mini-landscapes derived from the artists’ observations of snow and gravel residue in Canadian cities. […]

Barry Isenor. Installation view. Project Room. Photography by Cheryl O'Brien.

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XXX VIDEO. SPIDERSENSE #4

Barry Isenor

2 April 1998 - 9 May 1998
Opening Reception 2 April 1998 8pm

Project Room: XXX Video, Spidersense #4 Mercer Union is pleased to present the fourth part in the Spidersense series of six exhibitions curated by board members Reid Diamond and Evelyn Von Michalofske. For each Spidersense, a visual artist and a concrete poet engage in spatial activities: one artist in the project room and one artist […]

Luanne Martineau. Installation view. Main Gallery. Photography by Cheryl O'Brien.

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RYAN’S ARCADE

Luanne Martineau

2 April 1998 - 9 May 1998
Opening Reception 2 April 1998 8pm

Main Gallery: Ryan’s Arcade Many cities have an emblematic promotional image and for Calgary its the skyline with the Saddledome, the city’s hockey arena, looming in the foreground. As an architectural trope of its western image, the Saddledome perfectly encapsulates a civic narrative, a story which Luanne Martineau’s recent installation Ryan’s Arcade circuitously evokes. Calgary’s […]

David Bobier. Installation view. Windows. Photography by Cheryl O'Brien.

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THE TWAIN SHALL MEET

David Bobier

19 February 1998 - 28 March 1998
Opening Reception 19 February 1998 8pm

Windows: The Twain Shall Meet Through his site-specific window installation, The Twain Shall Meet, David Bobier continues to illustrate the evolution of communication among and between deaf and hearing people. The window installation contains wall illustrations of hands signing the names of five pairs of deaf and hearing people who, through their historic relationships, have […]

Murray Favro. Installation view. Photography by Cheryl O'Brien.

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CAMERA AND PROJECTOR, SPIDERSENSE #3

Murray Favro

19 February 1998 - 28 March 1998
Opening Reception 19 February 1998 8pm

Project Room: Spidersense #3: Camera and Projector Mercer Union is pleased to present the third part in the Spidersense series of six exhibitions curated by board members Reid Diamond and Evelyn Von Michalofski. For each Spidersense, a visual artist and a concrete poet engage in spatial activities: one artist in the project room and one […]

Nancy Davenport. Accident Prone Study #4. Detail view.

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ACCIDENT PRONE

Nancy Davenport

19 February 1998 - 28 March 1998
Opening Reception 19 February 1998 8pm

Main Gallery: Accident Prone Accident-Prone, a new series of photographs by Nancy Davenport, offers a meditation contingency and the tragi-comic compulsion to create order in the face of random events. In each of the fifteen silver print landscape photographs, a character is about to suffer a fatal misfortune, be it a dreadful fall from a […]

Andrew Harwood. Installation view. Windows. Photography by Cheryl O'Brien.

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JANITOR COLOGNE

Andrew Harwood

8 January 1998 - 14 February 1998
Opening Reception 8 January 1998 8pm

Windows: Janitor Cologne Janitor Cologne is dedicated to all artists who work at crap jobs to make ends meet. It is also a tribute to those men and women who work cleaning public spaces in institutions and who largely go unnoticed as individuals, often invisible to the people for whom they clean. It is ironic […]

Sylvia Ptak. Installation view. Project Room. Photography by Cheryl O'Brien.

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DISSEMBLING LANGUAGE, SPIDERSENSE #2

Sylvia Ptak

8 January 1998 - 14 February 1998
Opening Reception 8 January 1998 8pm

Project Room: Dissembling Language, Spidersense #2 Mercer Union is pleased to present the second part in the Spidersense series of six exhibitions curated by board members Reid Diamond and Evelyn Von Michalofski. For each Spidersense, a visual artist and a concrete poet engage in spatial activities; one artist in the project room and one artist […]

Philip Grauer. Installation view. Main Gallery. Photography by Cheryl O'Brien.

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BABY PICTURES

Philip Grauer

8 January 1998 - 14 February 1998
Opening Reception 8 January 1998 8pm

Main Gallery: Baby Pictures Encountering Philip Grauer’s Baby Pictures sculptures-in reproductions, at the gallery-one is compelled to ask, in quite a normal tone of voice: What are these strange lumber shapes which are ready to be tucked into bed or taken again to the kindergarten? Or else: What are these twisted sisters and brothers, these […]

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RENE: THEREFORE I AM

Beth Learn

8 January 1998 - 14 February 1998
Opening Reception 8 January 1998 8pm

Brochure: Rene: Therefore I Am Beth Learn has been creating computer-generated graphic text layers since the early 1980’s. Through software such as Paintshop Pro, Compupict, Photoshop and Corel, Learn has mixed weaved and produced image/text interface to create a number of web/”book” projects. The first “book” to come from her investigation was released in January, […]