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CONVERGING COURSES

Terence Johnson

22 November 1983 - 17 December 1983
Opening Reception 22 November 1983 8pm

East Gallery: Converging Courses An installation entitled “Converging Courses” is a continuation of Terence Johnson’s interest in the second part of a 1982 installation entitled “Ship/Logs”, at the Southern Alberta Art Gallery. Terence Johnson is particularly interested in the implied movement through space and time that can be achieved by merely pointing one end, and […]

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

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NO ESCAPE

Michael Fernandes

22 November 1983 - 17 December 1983
Opening Reception 22 November 1983 8pm

West Gallery: No Escape “No Escape” a muti-media installation incorporates a series of photographs, slide projections, images on the floor and a series of objects within the gallery space. The artist presents in his exhibition “a situation to remind us that man’s own doing fuels his journey through a technocratic society.” “All we really wanted […]

Jim Miller.  The Canadian Guild. 1983, Jigsaw puzzles, slides and puzzle boxes. Installation view. East Gallery. Photo: Peter MacCallum

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THE CANADIAN GUILD

Jim Miller

1 November 1983 - 20 November 1983
Opening Reception 1 November 1983 8pm

East Gallery: The Canadian Guild Jim Miller’s installation entitled “The Canadian Guild” indirectly addresses the social-cultural environment by exploring two modes of representation; one, the gallery system, and the other, kitsch. The installation consists of his alteration of “The Canadian Guild” jigsaw puzzle series, as well as slides and puzzle boxes. The specific placement of […]

Greg Ludlow. Installation view. West Gallery. Photo: Peter MacCallum.

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RESPONSE

Greg Ludlow

1 November 1983 - 20 November 1983
Opening Reception 1 November 1983 8pm

West Gallery: Response London artist Greg Ludlow will present a series of large paintings and small drawings completed during the years of 1981-1983. Ludlow claims that the paintings and drawings in this exhibition are a part of his ongoing response to modern art. The presentation of work consists of a three dimensional organization of planes […]

Peter Kolisnyk. Installation view. Photo: Peter MacCallum

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EXTENSIONS

Peter Kolisnyk

11 October 1983 - 29 October 1983
Opening Reception 11 October 1983 8pm

Drawings

Jamie Lyons. Installation view. Photo: Peter MacCallum.

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KAWARTHA

Jamie Lyons

11 October 1983 - 29 October 1983
Opening Reception 11 October 1981 8pm

Painting.

Gordon LeBredt. Outers. Installation view. Onsite. Photo: Peter MacCallum.

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LOCATIONS/NATIONAL

Peter Blendell, John Broere, Alan Glicksman, Gordon Lebredt, Dyan Marie, Robert Youds, Brad Golden

20 September 1983 - 8 October 1983
Opening Reception 20 September 1983 8pm

On & Offsite Locations/National: Toronto Segment Works for the Toronto segment of Locations/National have now been selected and installation will begin during the first week of September, 1983. The project offers the artists the opportunity to expose their work to a broad audience as all projects will be located outside the gallery in public spaces. […]

Pierre Savatier. Installation view. West Gallery. Photo: Peter MacCallum

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DRAWING ROOM BALLAD

Pierre Savatier

30 August 1983 - 17 September 1983
Opening Reception 30 August 1983 8pm

West Gallery: Drawing Room Ballad Pierre Savatier has been working for several years with photography, interested in the photographic object and how this object works in space and time. “The Point from which I start is a situation, an understanding which has nothing to do with events. To me a situation is a space and […]

Richard Layzell. Performance. East Gallery. Photo: Peter MacCallum

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WHO’S COOL? (TRYING TO REACH YOU)

Richard Layzell

30 August 1983 - 17 September 1983
Opening Reception 30 August 1983 8pm

East Gallery: Who’s Cool? (Trying to Reach You): An exhibition on the move Richard Layzell was invited to Canada for an exhibition and a series of performances (August 30 September 17) by Mercer Union. This trip was made possible through the support of the Canada Council’s Visiting Foreign Artists Programme and the British Council. Mercer […]

Gary Starks. Installation view. West Gallery. Photo: Peter MacCallum

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THE PERILS OF TAKING THINGS PERSONALLY AND A CATALOGUE OF UNUSED SPACE: TWO PICTURE BOOKS

Gary Starks

21 August 1983
Opening Reception 21 August 1983 8pm

West Gallery: The Perils of Taking Things Personally and a Catalogue of Unused Space: Two Picture Books This exhibition is entitled The Perils of Taking Things Personally and a Catalogue of Unused Space: Two Picture Books. Five copies of each book will lay on a table with twenty-six additional pages from the books framed on […]

Ron Sandor. Installation view. East Gallery. Photo: Peter MacCallum

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ET IN ARCADIA EGO

Ron Sandor

2 August 1983 - 21 August 1983
Opening Reception 2 August 1983 8pm

East Gallery: Et in Arcadia Ego Ron Sandor will be exhibiting an installation entitled Et in Arcadia Ego. The work depicts simple images which together conjure past and future references normally unrelated in a practical world. “The thing I like best about Hitchcock is not what he gives us, but what he leaves to the […]

Paul Jeremias. Installation view. West Gallery. Photo: Peter MacCallum

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PRIMARY CONCEPTIONS

Paul Jeremias

12 July 1983 - 30 July 1983
Opening Reception 12 July 1983 8pm

West Gallery: Primary Conceptions Paul Jeremias’ photographs come out of his interest in the correspondence between common places and theatrical stages. “In 1980 I began photographing architectural interiors such as lobbies and small private rooms in colour for their contrasting natural and illusory perspectives. The former was provided by the architectural setting, the latter by […]

Dean Eilerston. Installation view. East Gallery. Photo: Peter MacCallum

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DEAN EILERTSON

Dean Eilertson

12 July 1983 - 30 July 1983
Opening Reception 12 July 1983 8pm

East Gallery: Sculptural Installation Dean Eilertson will be presenting installation “in progress” from July 12 – July 30, 1983. The initial construction of the sculpture will have begun prior to the July 12th opening, with Dean Eilertson continuing the installation process during the first 2 weeks of the exhibition. Black and white photographs mounted on […]

Hannah Collins. Installation view. Photo: Peter MacCallum

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WORK MADE IN UTICA N.Y.

Hannah Collins

21 June 1983 - 9 July 1983
Opening Reception 21 June 1983 8pm

East & West Galleries: Work Made in Utica N.Y. Hannah Collins’ multi-media installation includes works created in different industrial situations at varying times indicating a common experience which connects them. “Red Tables-Air” uses materials which are readily available and visible to create a series of light weight steel tables and other horizontal structures. The viewer […]

Susan McEachern. Installation view. West Gallery. Photo: Peter MacCallum.

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THE HOME

Susan McEachern

31 May 1983 - 18 June 1983
Opening Reception 31 May 1983 8pm

West Gallery: The Home The Home is comprised of forty 16×20 colour photographs of homes and forty 16×20 black and white photographs of text that are placed in relationship to each other. One side is a grid composed of photographs of real homes, and the other side, also in grid form, is a theoretical presentation […]

Akira Yoshikawa. Installation view. East Gallery. Photo: Peter MacCallum

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AKIRA YOSHIKAWA

Akira Yoshikawa

31 May 1983 - 18 June 1983
Opening Reception 31 May 1983 8pm

East Gallery: Multimedia installation Akira Yoshikawa’s multi-media installation deals with “Spiritual Reasoning” and a desire to create a feeling of a “sacred area” for the duration of the installation. Born in 1949 in Hiroshima, Japan, he maintains an interest in Japanese heritage and philosophy, combined with the teachings of Formalism in North American art.

John McKinnon. The Advent of Emielia. Installation view. East Gallery. Photo: Peter MacCallum.

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BYE BRUNO AND OTHER STORIES OF THE YELLOW JACKET

John McKinnon

10 May 1983 - 28 May 1983
Opening Reception 10 May 1983 8pm

East Gallery: Bye Bruno and other stories of the Yellow Jacket John McKinnon will be exhibiting recent welded steel constructions from May 10 to May 28. The work depicts in a linear manner an open ended narrative that describes a location. “The things I build are a continuing series of steel constructions that relate to […]

Judith Mann. Detail. Photo courtesy of the artist.

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JUDITH MANN

Judith Mann

10 May 1983 - 28 May 1983
Opening Reception 10 May 1983 8pm

West Gallery: Judith Mann is an artist from Halifax who will be exhibiting new work on canvas and paper. Viewing related work exhibited last year in Halifax, Ron Shuebrook wrote: “With the imagery more or less scaled to the perception of the actual size of the subject matter, the works explicitly refer to the effects […]

Arlene Berman. Installation view. West gallery. Photo: Peter MacCallum

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OPERA

Arlene Berman

29 March 1983 - 16 April 1983
Opening Reception 29 March 1983 8pm

West Gallery: Opera The content of Arlene Berman’s installation is loosely based on a tragedy — Lady of the Camelias by Alexander Deumas. This multimedia installation witll consist of drawings and structures, photographs and a sound piece.

Ed Zelenak. Invitation. Image from the Mercer Union archives.

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6×6

Ed Zelenak

29 March 1983 - 16 April 1983
Opening Reception 29 March 1983 8pm

East Gallery: 6×6 Ed Zelenak is presenting a number of works described as “metal in paper sleeved in acrylic.” “My concerns are to define and to articulate a space in which a human consciousness apprehends the world and the self through a process of oppositions and eventuations. Synthetically the archetypal symbol reveals the secular aspect […]

Joseph Nechvatal. installation view. East Gallery. Photo: Peter MacCallum.

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LIFE DEATH PATIENCE

Joseph Nechvatal

8 March 1983 - 26 March 1983
Opening Reception 8 March 1983 8pm

East Gallery: Life Death Patience New York artist Joseph Nechvatal will be presenting wall murals and a multimedia installation at Mercer Union. Joseph Nechvatal has channeled an early interest in political, non-violent activism into artistic production: drawings, paintings, murals, political cartoons, videotapes, prints, posters, books, super-8 films, and designs for industrial materials, most of which […]

Catherine MacTavish. Installation view. West Gallery. Photo: Peter MacCallum.

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ART IN THE OBSESSIONAL STYLE

Cathrine MacTavish

8 March 1983 - 26 March 1983
Opening Reception 8 March 1983 8pm

West Gallery: Art in the Obsessional Style Night Vision: Stars in her Eyes “The Pure Gold Baby that Melts to a Shriek” Toronto artist Catherine MacTavish will be presenting paintings at Mercer Union from March 8th – March 26th. The exhibition will also include photographs “My Pictures” by Sue Schnee and Nial Burnett. “Work in […]

Tom Dean. Floating Staircase., 1979. Image courtesy of artist.

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RUINS OF THE FLOATING STAIRCASE

Tom Dean

15 February 1983 - 5 March 1983
Opening Reception 15 February 1983 8pm

Sculpture Ruins of the Floating Staircase Tom Dean’s Floating Staircase was begun in 1978 and completed in 1979. For two years it lived a problematic existence in Toronto harbour, enduring many adventures, some bureaucratic, some natural and some philosophical. In the fall of 1981 it was burned to ashes on the water. This exhibit includes […]

Alastair MacLennan. Performance. Photo: Peter MacCallum.

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FELT CROSSES-FALSE TEETH

Alastair MacLennan

28 January 1983 - 29 January 1983
Opening Reception 28 January 1983 8pm

Performance: Felt-Crosses-False Teeth Mercer Union presents Alistair MacLennan in a performance/installation entitled Felt Crosses-False Teeth. The piece is a moving cycle within a 24 hour period “plus an intended and as yet unknown ingredient to affect focusing ambivalence and displacement strategy.” Alistair MacLennan was born in Scotland in 1943. Since 1976, he has been Senior […]

Richard Storms. Installation view. West Gallery. Photo: Peter MacCallum

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CONSTRUCTIONS

Richard Storms

25 January 1983 - 12 February 1983
Opening Reception 25 January 1983 8pm

West Gallery: Constructions This is Richard Storms first one-man exhibition in Toronto. The exhibition consists of painted wood and masonite constructions derived from architectural details. Graphite lines drawn directly on the wall define the shadows cast by the constructions to emphasize the actual, non-illusory space they occupy. The surfaces – the result of the layering […]

Eva Brandl. Installation view. East Gallery. Photo: Peter MacCallum.

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SHORE, OFF SHORE

Eva Brandl

25 January 1983 - 12 February 1983
Opening Reception 25 January 1981 8pm

East Gallery: Shore, Off Shore Montreal artist Eva Brandl will be presenting a large scale installation entitled “Shore, off Shore”. The installation is composed of four objects and one large image projected onto a screen. What appears on the screen is the following tableau: the blurred outline of what could be a garden house or […]

Jim Elniski. Installation view. Photo: Peter MacCallum

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SNAKE PIT

Jim Elniski

4 January 1983 - 22 January 1983
Opening Reception 4 January 1983 8pm

East & West Gallery: Snake Pit Snake Pit is composed of found segments of tree limb and root that bare a formal resemblance to serpentine shapes. Into one end of each “snake stick” is notched a mouth and aniline dyes have been used to stain the bodies. The head of each snake swallows the tail […]