Geoffrey Farmer, Boneyard (2013)

PAST EXHIBITION

A Light In The Moon

Geoffrey Farmer

1 November 2013 - 11 January 2014
Opening Reception 1 November 2013 7pm

In her 1977 book On Photography Susan Sontag pronounced “to collect photographs is to collect the world.” This statement resonates with the work of Geoffrey Farmer who excavates multifarious cultural histories, from the life of Frank Zappa and his Mothers of Invention, photographs in Life magazine between 1935 and 1985, Victor Hugo’s The Hunchback of […]

Christopher Kulendran Thomas

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WHEN PLATITUDES BECOME FORM

Christopher Kulendran Thomas

6 September 2013 - 12 October 2013
Opening Reception 6 September 2013 7pm

UK-based artist Christopher Kulendran Thomas takes as materials the whole system by which art is distributed, purchasing existing artworks from the margins of international art power and reconfiguring them for worldwide circulation. Through this evisceration of contemporary art’s globalising mission, cultural exchange is explicitly perverted by the underlying colonial trading patterns that it usually masks. […]

Tammi Campbell - Work in Progress

PAST EXHIBITION

THE THICK OF IT

Eric Cameron, Tammi Campbell, Monique Mouton, Lisa Muzzin, Sasha Pierce, Josh Thorpe, and John Baldessari

Curated by York Lethbridge

28 June 2013 - 3 August 2013
Opening Reception 28 June 2013 7pm

Front and Back Galleries The Thick Of It brings together work by seven artists that balances process and the material concerns of painting, not as a discrete medium, but as a starting point with outcomes that blur disciplinary boundaries. Works here posit painting as a meditative or mundane activity, and painting as objects created with […]

Paul Sietsema, Telegraph, 2012. 16mm film, loop, silent, approx. 12 mins. Courtesy of Matthew Marks Gallery.

PAST EXHIBITION

PAUL SIETSEMA

14 March 2013 - 20 April 2013
Opening Reception 14 March 2013 7pm

Mercer Union is pleased to present the first solo exhibition by Paul Sietsema in Canada. The exhibition will foreground the 16mm film Telegraph as well as a small selection of ink drawings. Deeply invested in the process of image-making, Paul Sietsema’s layered, self-reflective work explores how imagery and material affect society’s understanding of culture and […]

Matt Rogalsky, Discipline, 2011. 12 Fender Stratocaster guitars, amplifiers, computer script, FM radio signal, dimensions variable. Installation view at Open Ears Music Festival.

PAST EXHIBITION

DISCIPLINE

Matt Rogalsky

10 January 2013 - 16 February 2013
Opening Reception 10 January 2013 7pm

For twelve self-resonating Fender Stratocaster guitars shadowing a classic rock radio station Discipline focuses on the electric guitar as the iconic musical instrument of the 20th century and an object of obsession. The model of guitar used in the installation—twelve of them in bright colors, brand name hardly needing to be mentioned—was designed in 1954 […]

Kyla Mallett, How to See and Read the Aura, 2010. 44 framed screen prints with UV-sensitive ink. Installation view at the Southern Alberta Art Gallery.

PAST EXHIBITION

HOW TO SEE AND READ THE AURA

Kyla Mallett

10 January 2013 - 16 February 2013
Opening Reception 10 January 2013 7pm

These works began as a tangent to Mallett’s Self-Help work. In collecting second-hand self-help materials, she encountered a book entitled How to See and Read the Aura which fell under the category of parapsychology and new-age healing. This text became a key element to her research in self-help, which Mallett expanded on in this body […]