Jack Niven. Installation view. Windows. Photography by Cheryl O'Brien.

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JOURNEYMAN

Jack Niven

7 November 1996 - 21 December 1996
Opening Reception 7 November 1996 8pm

Windows: Journeyman The Mercer Union window space allows for a natural duality, giving viewers the option to access the work from the public visibility of King St. West or to enter the gallery space to experience the work as an intimate, first hand experience. “The term ‘journeyman’ is a certification of a degree of professional […]

John Abrams. Wildlife and Supermodels (Cougar). Detail.

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GHOSTWRITER #2

John Abrams, Faye Heavyshield, and Veronica Verkeley

Curated by Mary Anne Barkhouse

7 November 1996 - 21 December 1996
Opening Reception 7 November 1996 8pm

Ghostwriter #2: a Project Room Series Mercer Union is pleased to present Ghostwriter #2, the second in a series of five project room exhibitions which posit artmaking and writing as interlocked processes. Each exhibition is a collaborative project formed by the fusion of the Ghostwriter/curator and the artist(s) he/she chooses to work with. Each Ghostwriter […]

Yasufumi Takahashi. Installation view. Main Gallery. Photography by Cheryl O'Brien.

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RED REFLECTION I

Yasufumi Takahashi

7 November 1996 - 21 December 1996
Opening Reception 7 November 1996 8pm

Main Gallery: Red Reflection I Artist talk November 9 at 2 pm with translator KaYoko Gluck Mercer Union is pleased to present an installation by Japanese artist Yasufumi Takahashi. Red Reflection I is a gigantic disc of discarded clothes, dyed red and hand stitched together. The disc is suspended from hooks on the wall and […]

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LASSO

Barb Webb

12 September 1996 - 2 October 1996
Opening Reception 12 September 1996 8pm

Window: Lasso The Mercer Union Window space allows for a natural duality, giving viewers the option to access the work from the public visibility of King St. West or enter the gallery space to experience the work as an intimate, first hand experience. In conjunction with a performance at the Mockingbird on September 20, Barb […]

Shirin Neshat. Installation view. Project Room. Photography by Cheryl O'Brien.

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GHOSTWRITER #1

Shirin Neshat

Curated by Jamelie Hassan

12 September 1996 - 2 October 1996
Opening Reception 12 September 1996 8pm

Ghostwriter #1: A Project Room Series Memories of Oranges/Meeting in Istanbul Mercer Union is pleased to present Ghostwriter#1, the first in a series of five project room exhibitions which posit artmaking and writing as interlocked processes. Each exhibition is a collaborative project formed by the fusion of the Ghostwriter/curator and the artist(s) he/she chooses to […]

From left to right: Jean-Marie Martin. Lead Square., Paint Remover. Thedford Mines. Installation view. Main Gallery. Photography by Cheryl O'Brien.

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TOXIC LANDSCAPE

Jean-Marie Martin

12 September 1996 - 2 October 1996
Opening Reception 12 September 1996 8pm

Main Gallery: Toxic Landscapes Mercer Union is pleased to present a solo exhibition of paintings by Brooklyn based artist Jean-Marie Martin. His recent paintings are produced with toxic materials such as lead and copper based paint, asbestos canvas and powder. Encased in safety glass, the painting Black Sea is made with anti-fouling copper based paint. […]

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CULTURAL POLITICS, COLONIALISM AND RESISTANCE

Alanis Obomsawin, Vincent Monnikendam, Marlon E. Fuentes, and Adolfo Davila

Curated by Jorge Manzano

6 July 1996 - 3 August 1996
Opening Reception 6 July 1996 8pm

Cultural Politics, Colonialism and Resistance Program #1: Alanis Obomsawin – My Name is Kahentiiosta (Canada/1995/28 min.) Vincent Monnikendam – Mother -Dao- The Turtlelike (Netherlands/1995/90 min.) Program #2: Marlon E. Fuentes – Bontoc Eulogy (U.S.A./1995/57 min.) Adolfo Davila – Raza (U.S.A./1993/41 min.) Mercer Union is pleased to present a video programme curated by filmmaker Jorge Manzano. […]

Sharona Plakidas. Installation view. Window. Photography by Cheryl O'Brien.

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ALTER-PIECE

Sharona Plakidas

6 July 1996 - 3 August 1996
Opening Reception 6 July 1996 8pm

Window: Alter-Piece Sharona Plakidas featured by Desh Pardesh Mercer Union is pleased to present new work by Sharona Plakidas In the Window. Plakidas explores the bi-polarities of the profane and the sacred; of the circus tent and the church, with self portraits and a number of additional props such as a circus wagon and flying […]

From left to right: Brian Scott, Mark Lewis, David Buchan, and Eldon Garnet. Main Gallery. Installation view. Photography by Cheryl O'Brien.

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TEN

Peter Bowyer, David Buchan, Cathy Daley, Robert Flack, Eldon Garnet, Mark Gomes, Garry Neill Kennedy, Mark Lewis, Arnaud Maggs, Randy & Berenicci, Brian Scott, Shirley Yanover; Cold City Gallery: Therese Bolliger, Peter C

6 July 1996 - 3 August 1996
Opening Reception 6 July 1996 8pm

Main Gallery: TEN Cold City Gallery Tenth Anniversary Exhibition Cold City Gallery is celebrating its tenth anniversary with an exhibition featuring the work of the gallery’s former and present members. Founded in the fall of 1986 by Dyan Marie and others, Cold City Gallery initiated a new departure in the concept of the artist-run gallery. […]

Rita Myers. Installation view. Photography by Cheryl O'Brien.

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LOVE GASOLINE

Vito Acconci, Eleanor Antin, Jacki Apple, Lynda Benglis, Chris Burden, Colin Campbell, Ian Carr-Harris, Mary Beth Edelson, Dan Graham, Douglas Huebler, Suzy Lake, Rita Myers, Tania Mouraud, Dennis Oppenheim, Carolee Schneemann, Michael Snow, Lisa Steele, Colette Whiten, Hanna Wilke and Martha Wilson Whiten, Hannah Wilke

Curated by Barbara Fischer

23 May 1996 - 29 June 1996
Opening Reception 23 May 1996 8pm

Love Gasoline The exhibition Love Gasoline presents a close look at issues of subjectivity and identity as they suddenly erupted in contemporary art in a few concentrated years around 1970. Presenting seminal works by artists such as Vito Acconci, Hannah Wilke, Eleanor Antin, Michael Snow, Dennis Oppenheim, Lisa Steele, Tania Mouraud, Colette Whiten, Suzy Lake […]

From left to right: Artists Political Actions Collective (APAC). Special Interest Groups., Spontaneous Combustion. Retelling. Project Room. Installation view. Photography by Cheryl O'Brien.

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REVIEW 4, WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN ALIENTATED AND COLLECTIVE CULTURES? (1990-1995)

Artists' Political Action Collective (APAC), Nether Mind, Place & Show, Spontaneous Combustion

4 April 1996 - 15 May 1996
Opening Reception 4 April 1996 8pm

Project Room: Review 4: What is the Difference Between Alienated and Collective Cultures? (1990-1995) Un Canadien errant Je vais et je viens Entre tes mots… What was that? Did Jane Birkin have a prude-attack? Did Brigitte Bardot forget the words to the most famous French pop song ever recorded (je t’aime, moi non plus; composer: […]

Marija Maslar. Windows. Installation view. Photography by Cheryl O'Brien.

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CLEAN

Marija Maslar

4 April 1996 - 15 May 1996
Opening Reception 4 April 1996 8pm

Window: CLEAN Mercer Union is pleased to present Clean, an installation by Marija Maslar. Clean consists of components constructed from rubber gloves, surgical tubing, and cast objects. Maslar’s assemblage juxtaposes the ordered sterility of modern medicine with the powerful force of the female body. The medicinal instruments replace body components acting as contained barriers, devoid […]

Paul Collins. S/he/it. Main Gallery. Installation view. Photography by Cheryl O'Brien.

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PAUL COLLINS

Paul Collins

4 April 1996 - 15 May 1996
Opening Reception 4 April 1996 8pm

Main Gallery: Paul Collins Mercer Union is pleased to present a solo exhibition of new paintings by Paris based artist Paul Collins. His recent paintings are produced with a method of using sheets of Bubble Wrap as dot-laden printing plates. The inked bubbles, popped or whole, act as image-carrying pixels, allowing for the construction of […]

From left to right: David Findlay. Gender, Lace, and Glass. Helen Lee. Sally's Beauty Spot., Janic Gurney. Plots and Themes. Project Room. Installation view. Photography by Cheryl O'Brien.

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REVIEWS 3, MASS MEDIA, ART AND CULTURE (1985 – 1990)

Stephen Andrews, David Findlay, Janic Gurney, Susan Kealey, Helen Lee

Curated by Tom Folland and Natalie Olanick

22 February 1996 - 30 March 1996
Opening Reception 22 February 1996 8pm

Reviews 3: A Project Room series Mass Media: Art and Culture (1985 – 1990) Reviews is a series of four exhibitions which re-situate some of the last 20 years in the Toronto art scene. Reviewing not only individual works but also the critical context in which the work was produced, this series attempts to expand […]

George Bures Miller. Window. Installation view. Photography by Judy Cheung.

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IMBALANCE.3

George Bures Miller

22 February 1996 - 30 March 1996
Opening Reception 22 February 1996 8pm

Window: Imbalance.3 Mercer Union is please to present Imbalance.3, presented in the new series In the Window at Mercer Union. Imbalance 3 is part of George Bures Miller’s continuing series called Simple Experiments in Aerodynamics. In the long narrow window space, an antique chandelier is randomly catapulted along an 18 foot path casting erratic shadows […]

From left to right: Bill Crane. Trace Elements., Carl Trahan. Les Confessions Perverses. Project Room. Installation view. Photography by Cheryl O'Brien.

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BILL CRANE, KELLY MARK AND CARL TRAHAN

Bill Crane, Kelly Mark, and Carl Trahan

22 February 1996 - 30 March 1996
Opening Reception 22 February 1996 8pm

Main Gallery: Bill Crane, Kelly Mark, and Carl Trahan Mercer Union is pleased to present a group exhibition of sculpture installations by Toronto artist Bill Crane, MontrĂ©al artist Carl Trahan and Halifax artist Kelly Mark. The exhibition focuses on issues of object and image systems; as each artist explores the dynamic of multiple objects and […]

Angela Leach. Window. Installation view. Photography by Cheryl O'Brien.

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LONG-THIN-CONTOUR

Angela Leach

Curated by John Armstrong and Moira Clark

11 January 1996 - 17 February 1996
Opening Reception 11 January 1996 8pm

Window: One Work: Long – Thin – Contour Leach’s small-scale, s-t-r-e-t-c-h-e-d- horizontal-format painting Long – Thin – Contour (1996) depicts intricate patterns of curvilinear, coloured lines. The lines are meticulously painted on a smooth panel surface that has been treated with washes of acrylic paint. The many layers of paint applied to each line add […]

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

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REVIEWS 2, THE MONUMENTAL NEW CITY, ART AND COMMUNITY (1980 – 1985)

William S. Brown, David Buchan, David Clarkson, Stan Denniston, Andy Fabo, Oliver Girling, sybil Goldstein, Tim Jocelyn, Rae Johnson, Sandra Meigs, Bernie Miller, Andy Patton, Brian Scott, John Scott, Judith Sc

Curated by Tom Folland and Natalie Olanick

11 January 1996 - 17 February 1996
Opening Reception 11 January 1996 8pm

Reviews 2: A Project Room series: The Monumental New City: Art and Community (1980 – 1985) Reviews is a series of four exhibitions which re-situate some of the last 20 years in the Toronto art scene. Reviewing not only individual works but also the critical context in which the work was produced, this series attempts […]

Nestor Kruger. Main Gallery. Installation view. Photography by Judy Cheung.

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NESTOR KRUGER

Nestor Kruger

11 January 1996 - 17 February 1996
Opening Reception 11 January 1996 8pm

Main Gallery: Nestor Kruger Mercer Union is pleased to present a solo exhibition of new paintings by Nestor Kruger. Krugers’ work investigates socially constructed subjects associated with environments related to leisure, escape and natural perfections such as the ideal of the suburban community. Working from generic snapshots of suburban architecture from real estate tabloids , […]