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IT’S GOING TO BE A DIRTY NEW YEAR’S December 31, 2003

31 December 2003
Opening Reception 1 January 1970 12am

Join us at Mercer Union’s Dirty New Year’s Eve Party. Dirty martinis, flowing champagne, red lipstick, tight pants, unclean thoughts, tarnished reputations and krunk rock. Music: from Philly Hollertronix (DJ Diplo & Low Budget)(Turntable Lab/Money Studies, Ninja Tune/Big Dada); from Montréal DJ Tim Hecker (Force Inc/Mille Plateaux, Alien8) vs. DJ Long Duk Dong (Vice, Montreal […]

Muriel Toulemonde. Convalescence. Installation view. Back Gallery. Photography by Brian Piitz.

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CONVALESCENCE & FABELTIER

Muriel Toulemonde

Curated by Rhonda Corvese

23 October 2003 - 29 November 2003
Opening Reception 23 October 2003 8pm

Back Gallery: Convalescence Peephole: Fabeltier “For Muriel Toulemonde, the body is a metaphor of the tragic, and the impossible. Interpreted as an allegorical tragedy, Convalescenceand Fabeltier reference primordial relations and philosophical enquiries.” Rhonda Corvese – excerpt from brochure essay A white horse and a black horse — a visual opposition that’s subtext is one of […]

Eric Glavin. Installation view. Front Gallery. Photography by Brian Piitz.

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UTILITY STRUCTURE

Eric Glavin and Robin Merkisch

23 October 2003 - 29 November 2003
Opening Reception 23 October 2003 8pm

Front Gallery:  Utility Structure “It’s important in my mind that these images I draw from don’t look designed in a high fashion sort of way and that they are also not museum pieces, that they don’t come off looking like they are exemplary of a certain era. They are active elements in the urban framework.” […]

Alisdair MacRae. Installation view. Peephole. Photography by Brian Piitz.

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ANDREW’S BIRDHOUSE

Alisdair MacRae

12 September 2003 - 18 October 2003
Opening Reception 12 September 2003 8pm

Peephole: Andrew’s Birdhouse Within the confines of Mercer Union’s PeepHole, Alisdair MacRae will present a birdhouse, whose entrance mirrors the hole in the gallery wall. Brochure Text by Alisdair MacRae What could have taken several more weeks of decision-making came together in a matter of hours. Until moving to Brooklyn, I hadn’t seen Colin Zaug […]

Colin Zaug. Installation view. Back Gallery. Photography by Brian Piitz.

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STACK

Colin Zaug

12 September 2003 - 18 October 2003
Opening Reception 12 September 2003 8pm

Back Gallery: STACK From a cluttered configuration of second hand furniture and other found objects to a smooth white rolling surface, New York-based artist Colin Zaug clashes mediums and aesthetics for his sculptural installation, STACK. The sculpture adheres itself to the architecture of the gallery, dividing the space like a curtain, simultaneously creating two spaces […]

Massimo Guerrera. Installation view. Front Gallery. Photography by Brian Piitz.

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PORUS

Massimo Guerrera

12 September 2003 - 18 October 2003
Opening Reception 12 September 2003 8pm

Front Gallery:  Porous For his first solo exhibition in Toronto, Massimo Guerrera will exhibit Porus an on-going project. Over three years Guerrera has produced and accumulated drawings, photographs and sculptures from monthly visits with a handful of friends, peers and acquaintances. In these, often one-on-one, meetings aesthetic objects become the impetus and markers for social […]

Derek Sullivan. Installation view. Back Gallery. Photography by Brian Piitz.

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EACH THE SAME TO START

Derek Sullivan

3 July 2003 - 2 August 2003
Opening Reception 3 July 2003 8pm

Back Gallery: Each the same to start “There is an ongoing tug-of-war between lo-fi production and hi-end product, and really, these projects feel more like by-products than products per se.” – Janis Demkiw “You know it seems the more we talk about it. It only makes it worse to live without it. But let’s talk […]

Adam Frelin. Installation view. Peephole. Photography by Brian Piitz.

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THE WATER REROUTING INITIATIVE SERIES (WRI)

Adam Frelin

3 July 2003 - 2 August 2003
Opening Reception 3 July 2003 8pm

The Peephole & the Platform: The Water Rerouting Initiative Series (WRI) Adam Frelin‘s public interventions are quick, spontaneous projects executed in public setting, photographed and left running. For his project with Mercer Union, Frelin took over public bathrooms, using duct-tape to redirect the natural flow of water from running sinks to urinals and toilets. Frelin […]

Pam Lins. Installation view. Front Gallery. Photography by Brian Piitz.

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IN SPITE OF THIS

Pam Lins

3 July 2003 - 2 August 2003
Opening Reception 3 July 2003 8pm

Front Gallery:  In Spite of This “What is given is a light play — a kind of skit for the gallery — achieved by insisting on improvisational handling. ” – Scott Lyall Pam Lins conducts a formal study of formlessness. For her exhibition at Mercer Union, the formless nature of clouds becomes the material centre. […]

kim dawn. "Monologue Series (three chapters)", video, 2001. Installation view. Photography by Brian Piitz.

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FIRST PERSON

Rebecca Bournigault, kim dawn, Jonathan Horowitz, Sharon Switzer, Kerry Tribe

Curated by Kim Simon

22 May 2003 - 28 June 2003
Opening Reception 3 May 2003 8pm

“You’re like the invisible friend I had as a kid. Except you dress better.” On my less cynical days, I imagine art galleries as part of the public sphere, social spaces where relations of both affinity and conflict are played out through dialogue and debate. Social spaces where, through an encounter with art, we play, […]

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PUSH PLAY

Marie de Sousa, Michelle Forsyth, Mara Korkola, Melinda Morey

Curated by Katharine Harvey

11 April 2003 - 17 May 2003
Opening Reception 11 April 2003 8pm

In “Push Play”, the artists explore how the time-based motion of video and the stillness of the painted surface inform and inspire each other. The luminance of video is an ethereal realm animated by electricity, offering painting another surface in which to refer. The tactile and static realm of painting inspires the immaterial world of […]

John Wood and Paul Harrison. Installation view. Back Gallery. Photography by Brian Piitz.

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LUTON

John Wood and Paul Harrison-Luton

27 February 2003 - 5 April 2003
Opening Reception 27 February 2003 8pm

Back Gallery: Luton Paul Harrison (b.1966 Wolverhampton, UK) and John Wood (b.1969 Hong Kong) both studied painting at Bath College, UK and have been working together since 1993. Recent exhibitions include Twenty Six (Drawing and Falling Things), Chisenhale Gallery, London, UK; Sudden Glory, CCAC Institute, CA, USA; Gwangju Biennale, South Korea; 2002. Monitor: Volume One, […]

Knut Åsdam. Installation view. Front Gallery. Photography by Brian Piitz.

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SCENES 1

Knut Åsdam

27 February 2003 - 5 April 2003
Opening Reception 27 February 2003 8pm

Front Gallery: Scenes 1 / Psychasthenia 10 series 2 Knut Åsdam (b.1968 Trondheim, Norway) He was educated in London, UK at Wimbledon College of Art (1988-9) and Goldsmiths College (1989-92). Åsdam represented Norway in the 1999 Venice Biennial and the 1999 Melbourne International Biennial and has exhibited extensively in the USA and Europe, most recently […]

Johannes Zits. Installation view. Photography by Brian Piitz.

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A POSTER PROJECT

Johannes Zits

16 January 2003 - 22 February 2003
Opening Reception 16 January 2003 8pm

Platform: A Poster Project Johannes Zits is no stranger to taking art out into the streets. Utilizing a campaign of billboards, posters and large-scale window images, Zits removes his art from traditional spaces and (dis)places it within the path of the everyday. With this platform project, Zits will plaster the streets of Toronto with a […]

Duncan MacDonald. Installation view. Back Gallery. Photography of Brian Piitz.

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BUZZSCAPE

Duncan MacDonald

16 January 2003 - 22 February 2003
Opening Reception 16 January 2003 8pm

Back Gallery: Buzzscape For his solo exhibition buzzscape, Duncan MacDonald has created three new audio works. The first two works explore the sonics of mechanisms that create and deliver music: Self-recorded record documents the process of fabricating a blank record; the subtle noises that a cd-player makes as it randomizes through 99 tracks are isolated […]

Melissa Liang. Installation View. Front Gallery. Photography by Brian Piitz.

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SHIFTED ROTATING DOOR

Melissa Laing

16 January 2003 - 22 February 2003
Opening Reception 16 January 2003 8pm

Front Gallery: Shifted Rotating Door Melissa Laing will install in the front gallery a flow control mechanism, a shifted rotating door. Dividing the gallery, the off-centered door is the only access point from one space into another.  The door can be swung back and forth in a limited manner and only allows the passage of […]