PAST EXHIBITION

ELEGY FOR SUGAR GROVE

Darren Wershler-Henry

6 November 1997 - 20 December 1997
Opening Reception 6 November 1997 8pm

In the Brochure: Elegy for Sugar Grove  Darren Wershler-Henry contributes the first installment of visual poetry with his piece Elegy for Sugar Grove.

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

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ARGUMENT #3, RIVERS OF WHITE, SPIDERSENSE #1

Tom Bendtsen

6 November 1997 - 20 December 1997
Opening Reception 6 November 1997 8pm

Project Room: Argument #3, Rivers of White Spidersense #1 A series of six episodes in which a visual artist and a concrete poet engage in spatial activities, taking possession of the associative texts and presentation space of the project room. A series that serves as a touch point between two seemingly separate disciplines, sometimes creating […]

Ross Sinclair. Installation view. Windows. Photography by Cheryl O'Brien.

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THE INVISIBLE INSURRECTION OF A MILLION MINDS

Ross Sinclair

6 November 1997 - 20 December 1997
Opening Reception 6 November 1997 8pm

Main Gallery and Windows: The Invisible Insurrection of a Million Minds Musings on Real Life and Ross Sinclair Artist Ross Sinclair wrote an engaging essay entitled, Scotland – A Brief and Fractured Introduction to the History of the Period 1983-2083,. In this text, Glasgow-born Sinclair weaves a tale of a semi-fictitious Scotland of the future […]

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JOHN WILKINSON

John Wilkinson

Curated by Peter Hill

5 November 1997 - 17 November 1997
Opening Reception 5 November 1997 8pm

Paintings

Alfred Engerer. Installation view. Windows. Photography by Cheryl O'Brien.

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GESTATING FUTURE

Alfred Engerer

11 September 1997 - 1 November 1997
Opening Reception 11 September 1997 8pm

Windows: Gestating Future Alfred Engerer‘s Gestating Future references the subconscious acquisition of words, symbols, language etc., and the consequential process of understanding. Within the process of agreement and acceptance of their values through communication resides either the mindful contemplation and unquestioning docility or an accidental absorption that is time evolves to mindless acquisition or the […]

Nora Naranjo-Morse. Installation view. Project Room. Photography by Cheryl O'Brien.

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DESTABILIZED LANDCAPES

Nora Noranjo-Morse

Curated by Lisa Steele and Kim Tomczak

11 September 1997 - 1 November 1997
Opening Reception 11 September 1997 8pm

Destabilized Landscape: Post-Colonial Space and Unreal Estate. Concurrently presented at the Art Gallery of Ontario. What Was Taken… And What We Sell Nora Naranjo-Morse presents her video installation What was Taken… And What We Sell in the Mercer Union Project Room as part of The Destabilized Landscape: Post-Colonial Space and Unreal Estate Exhibition concurrently presented […]

Eliza Griffiths. Installation view. Main Gallery. Photography by Cheryl O'Brien.

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KARATE GIRLS AND PROTEGES

Eliza Griffiths

11 September 1997 - 1 November 1997
Opening Reception 11 September 1997 8pm

Eliza Griffiths Karate Girls and Proteges In popular culture today, the characters of teenage girls are kicking ass like never before. Vampire slayers, tankgirls, batgirls, teenage witches – these over-the-top roles play to a contemporary audience hungry for action while also serving as an articulation of individual identity. Characterized by self-reliance and personal exploration, these […]

Anna Lefsrud. Installation view. Windows. Photography by Cheryl O'Brien.

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THE NIGHT I MET MY FARTHEST BROTHER

Anna Lefsrud

26 June 1997 - 2 August 1997
Opening Reception 26 June 1997 8pm

Window: The Night I Met My Farthest Brother Mercer Union is pleased to present The Night I Met My Farthest Brother by Toronto-based artist Anna Lefsrud. Since graduating from York University with her BFA Honours Degree, Lefsrud has exhibited in a number of collective exhibition including the 1994 and 1996 Duke-U-Menta projects and in previous […]

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

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PARAGONS

Heather Cameron

26 June 1997 - 2 August 1997
Opening Reception 26 June 1997 8pm

Project Room: Paragons The word ‘text’ comes originally from textile: it means the interweaving of different threads,” says Heather Cameron. In her piece Paragons from her show Consuming Passion. Cameron’s use of textiles, with its gentle irony and humour, critiques culturally dominant narratives of the virgin/whore dichotomy by conflating them. The consequence is a delightful […]

From left to right: Michael Balser, Adrienne Trent, Alan Belcher, and Richard Storms. Installation view. Main Gallery. Photography by Cheryl O'Brien.

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PSEUDONYMS AND SIMILARITIES

Adrienne Trent, Jennifer McMackon, Richard Storms, Alan Belcher, Michael Balser and Sharon Switzer

Curated by Natalie Olanick

26 June 1997 - 2 August 1997
Opening Reception 26 June 1997 8pm

Main Gallery: Pseudonyms and Similarities The exhibition explores the potential of fantasy to undermine fixed viewing and speaking positions, the possibility of changing places as a means of destabilizing subjectivity. “Chuck the map and wander, tourism fails us…the greener grass is but a show-lawn. This fertile astroturf remains unmarked, this home-grown is neighborhood not. Maybe, […]

machyderm: Dermont Wilson and Christopher McNamara. Going Away Part(1)y/The Secret Room. Installation view. Photography by Cheryl O'Brien.

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SPRAWL

Christine Burchnall, Sara Hartland-Rowe, Paul Lamothe, Naomi and Shyrl London, machyderm: Dermot Wilson and Christopher McNamara, Greg Staats, and Jeffrey Thomas

Curated by Bev Koski, Sylvie Fortin, and David Merrit

15 May 1997 - 12 June 1997
Opening Reception 15 May 1997 8pm

Sprawl: An Experiment The programming committee of Mercer Union invited four guest curators from Diverse backgrounds, nationalities and experiences to coordinate “Sprawl”, and exhibition and symposium. From a wide Ontario spread, the co-curators Sylvie Fortin, R. William Hill, David Merritt and Daniella Sneppova are committed to exploring the embodied and imaginary relationships which lie between […]

R.M. Vaughan. Installation view. Windows. Photography by Cheryl O'Brien.

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MY CRUEL APRIL

R.M. Vaughan

3 April 1997 - 10 May 1997
Opening Reception 4 April 1997 8pm

Windows: My Cruel April The Mercer Union window is an exhibition space with a natural duality. Those who pass by the window, perhaps not knowing the context of the work, are still afforded visual interaction, while those viewers inside are offered a more intimate experience. R.M. Vaughan’s installation/performance My Cruel Aprilis an inversion of the […]

Su-An Yun. Installation view. Main Gallery. Photography by Cheryl O'Brien.

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THANK YOU, COME IN…THANK YOU, COME AGAIN

Su-An Yun

3 April 1997 - 10 May 1997
Opening Reception 3 April 1997 8pm

Main Gallery: Encounters of the Other Kind In Su-An Yun‘s Thank you, come in… Thank you, come again! a grid of over 100 black and white photographs lines a gallery wall. Obscure and recessed within stark white borders, the images appear to be gridded twice, even three times within their outer frame. On closer viewing, […]

From left to right: Michelle Gay. Evelyn Von Michalofski. Installation view. Project Room. Photography by Cheryl O'Brien.

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GHOSTWRITER #5

Michelle Gay, Janice Kerbel, Evelyn Von Michalofski

3 April 1997 - 10 May 1997
Opening Reception 3 April 1997 8pm

Ghostwriter 5 Curated by Millie Chen Mercer Union is pleased to present Ghostwriter 5, the last in a series of five project room exhibitions which posit art making 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 […]

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ALAN FLINT

Alan Flint

20 February 1997 - 29 March 1997
Opening Reception 20 February 1997 8pm

Window: Alan Flint Mercer Union is pleased to present a text piece by Hamilton artist Alan Flint in the window. The Mercer Union window space is an exhibition site with a natural duality. Viewers pass by the window, perhaps not knowing the context of the work, but are still afforded the visual interaction. Those who […]

Charlynn Bedroux & Anne Goldin. The Bloor Sisters Series. Detail view.

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GHOSTWRITER #4

Charlynn Bedroux & Anne Goldin, Brent Cehan, John McLachlin

Curated by Andy Fabo

20 February 1997 - 29 March 1997
Opening Reception 20 February 1997 8pm

A Project Room Series: Ghostwriter #4 Mercer Union is pleased to present Ghostwriter #4, the fourth in a series of five project room exhibitions which posit art making 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 […]

From left to right: Lucy Hogg, Tulsa Kinney. Installation view. Main Gallery. Photography by Cheryl O'Brien.

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MASQUERADE

Lucy Hogg, Tulsa Kinney, and Ron Torrada

20 February 1997 - 29 March 1997
Opening Reception 20 February 1997 8pm

Main Gallery: MASQUERADE Mercer Union is pleased to present a group exhibition by Lucy Hogg (Vancouver), Tulsa Kinney (Los Angeles) and Ron Terada (Vancouver). All three interrogate their own relationship to several variations on painting’s histories. Hogg paints monumentally scaled versions of the eighteenth century French artists Antoine Watteau’s paintings, Gilles, in highly chromatic and […]

Laura Teneycke. Installation view. Windows. Photography by Cheryl O'Brien.

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SONOTUBE GARDEN

Laura Teneycke

9 January 1997 - 15 February 1997
Opening Reception 9 January 1997 8pm

Windows: Sonotube Garden The Mercer Union window space allows for a natural duality, giving viewers the option to access the work from the public visibility of King Street West or to enter the gallery space to experience the work as an intimate, first hand experience. Sonotube Garden is a site-specific wall-scape which is an extension […]

Robert Houle. I Stand... Installation view. Project Gallery.

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GHOSTWRITER #3

Robert Houle and Don Hall

Curated by Gerald McMaster

9 January 1997 - 15 February 1997
Opening Reception 9 January 1997 8pm

Ghostwriter #3: A Project Room Series Featuring Robert Houle and Don Hall A View of Things Mercer Union is pleased to present Ghostwriter #3, the third 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 […]

Roland Jean. Installation view. Main Gallery. Photography by Cheryl O'Brien.

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I AM THE GREATEST

Roland Jean

9 January 1997 - 15 February 1997
Opening Reception 9 January 1997 8pm

Main Gallery: I AM THE GREATEST Mercer Union is pleased to present a solo exhibition by Toronto artist Roland Jean. Jean will exhibit five oil-on-stapled-together-plywood paintings that each juxtapose a caricatural portrait with an appropriation from a recent American or European painting. Despite the fact that the caricatures are based on widely circulated images-magazine and […]