Taking [a] part

20 June 2014 - 26 July 2014
Opening Reception 20 June 2014 7pm

What does it mean when we gather? What happens? Taking [a] part uses as a starting point conversations, within collectives, between artists and artists, curators and artists, peer groups and audiences, between artworks. The exhibition unfolds throughout its five-week duration, shifting from a series of three-person exhibitions in the back gallery space to an expanding group exhibition in the front gallery.

 

“Walls don’t stay put as walls, things happen to them, thing evolve, let it continue, and see what happens?”

- Peter Nadin in conversation with Céline Condorelli

 

Part One: 20 June – 28 June
Shane Krepakevich, Sarah Nasby and VSVSVS
Artist Talk and Social: Friday 20 June 7-9pm

Part Two: 1 July – 5 July
Sylvie Bélanger, Nicole Jolicoeur and Ginette Legaré
Artist Talk and Social: Friday 4 July 7-9pm

Part Three: 8 July – 12 July
Laura McCoy, Brian Rideout and Jillian Kay Ross
Artist Talk and Social: Friday 11 July 7-9pm

Part Four: 15 July – 19 July
Cecilia Berkovic, Jean-Paul Kelly and Logan MacDonald
Artist Talk and Social: Friday 18 July 7-9pm

Part Five: 22 July – 26 July
Jesse Harris, Jeremy Jansen and Niall McClelland
Artist Talk and Social: Friday 25 July 7-9pm

Curated by Georgina Jackson

Shane Krepakevich has training in geology and art. He makes objects, writing, and exhibitions.

Sarah Nasby received her BA from the University of Guelph and MFA from NSCAD University. Her work has been shown recently at Diaz Contemporary, Convenience Gallery, Art Metropole and Nuit Blanche in Toronto. This summer Nasby’s work was included in the group exhibition Who’s Afraid of Purple, Orange and Green? at the Dunlop Art Gallery, Regina. Nasby lives and works in Toronto and would like to acknowledge the support of the Ontario Arts Council.

VSVSVS (pronounced versus versus versus) is a seven-person collective and artist-run centre based out of a warehouse in the Port Lands of Toronto. Formed in 2010, the collective’s activities encompass collective art making, a residency program, a formal exhibition space, and individual studio practices. The collective work focuses on the group production of multiples, drawings, video works, sculpture, installations, and performance. An open framework allows each of the members to play to their own interests and ends, while contributing to a common goal. Members include Anthony Cooper, Stephen McLeod, James Gardner, Ryan Clayton, Wallis Cheung, Miles Stemp and Laura Simon.

 

Sylvie Bélanger is an interdisciplinary artist using sound, video, photography and installation. Her work has been exhibited in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa. Several catalogues of her art practice have been published, as well as reviews in Artforum, Art in America, ArtPress, Parachute, Canadian Art and others. Bélanger’s work is part of collections at public arts institutions and foundations. Bélanger works at the State University of New York, Buffalo, and has previously taught at the University of Windsor, Concordia University, York University and the San Francisco Art Institute. She lives and works in Toronto.

Nicole Jolicoeur has developed an installation practice using photography and text and video. Since 1981, her work has been exhibited in Canada, England, France and the United States. Her works are in numerous public collections including: Musée National des Beaux-Arts du Québec, le Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, the National Gallery of Canada, the Musée-Château d’Annecy (France), the Canada Council Art Bank, the Université du Québec à Montréal. Jolicoeur lives and works in Montreal.

Ginette Legaré is a sculptor and mixed media artist. She has exhibited work at Birch Libralato, Cold City Gallery, the Koffler Gallery and The Power Plant in Toronto; as well as Optica and Galerie Powerhouse, Montreal, the Dalhousie Art Gallery, Halifax, Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver, and the Southern Alberta Art Gallery, Lethbridge, among other venues. Her work has also been shown in Belgium, France, Japan, Spain, the Netherlands and the United States. By Hook or by Crook a solo exhibition of the artist’s work will open in September at Birch Contemporary. Legaré lives in Toronto and is a professor in the Sculpture/Installation program at OCAD University.

 

Laura McCoy’s work spans a variety of media including drawing, sculpture, installation, and performance. McCoy has been included in various group shows, including Soi Fischer, Toronto, The Power Plant and is part of the monthly performance show Doored, organized by Life of a Craphead. She has performed at the Art Gallery of Ontario and enjoyed solo shows at Xpace and Erin Stump Projects, Toronto. McCoy holds a BFA in Sculpture and Installation from OCADU. She is the Art Director for the upcoming feature film “Bugs”, directed by Life of a Craphead, which is set to premier in early 2015. McCoy lives and works in Toronto.

Brian Rideout received his BFA from Georgian College in 2008. Recent exhibitions include No Homo at pfoac221, Montreal, There’s nothing lol about rip, Coat Check Galerie, Montreal, and a solo exhibition project at Butcher Gallery, Toronto. Rideout currently lives and works in Toronto.

Jillian Kay Ross received her BFA in Painting and Drawing from OCADU in 2011. Recent exhibitions include Bonder OnlineDivision Gallery, Toronto (2014), and Shape Shifters, Division Gallery (2013). Ross has previously exhibited at Angell Gallery, Diaz Contemporary, MOCCA and Tomorrow Gallery, all Toronto,, as well as Spark Contemporary Art Space, Syracuse, and Camel Art Space, New York. Ross lives and works in Toronto.

 

Cecilia Berkovic is a visual artist and graphic designer who uses language, found imagery and strategies of collecting and displaying to explore aspects of feminism, the everyday, consumer culture, desire and queer identity. Her work includes collage, publishing, photography and installation. She sits on the Board of Directors at Gallery TPW in Toronto and received her MFA from Bard College in New York. Recent work was exhibited as part of We Can’t Compete at the University of Lethbridge Art Gallery, online at nomorepotlucks.org, and as poster projects for Nuit Blanche and AIDS ACTION NOW.

Jean-Paul Kelly creates videos, drawings and photographs that are often displayed together. His work has exhibited at the Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, The Power Plant, Vox Populi, Philadelphia, Scrap Metal Gallery, Toronto, Gallery TPW, Toronto, and Tokyo Wonder Site. Other recent screenings SBC Gallery, Montreal, Nightingale Cinema, Chicago, New York Film Festival: Views from the Avant-Garde, Off & Free International Expanded Cinema and Art Festival at the Seoul Museum of Art among others. Kelly was a Guest Artist at the Robert Flaherty Film Seminar in 2013. He holds a Master of Visual Studies from the University of Toronto (2005) and lives and works in Toronto.

Logan MacDonald is a visual artist and curator. MacDonald holds a MFA from York University (2010) and a BFA from Concordia University (2006). His solo and collaborative works have exhibited in galleries worldwide, and have been included in publications including C MagazineLTTR and Documenta 12. Most recently, MacDonald curated Attesting Resistance an exhibition for the Aboriginal Curatorial Collective, and collaborated with Hazel Meyer to produce Ripping Skin, Tearing Fabric an exhibition at Forest City Gallery, London, Ontario.

 

Jesse Harris maintains a message-oriented art practice as a platform for direct communication of his personal politics and to discuss the limits of free expression in culture. Harris graduated with a BFA from the University of Guelph in 2007. He has recently exhibited at the Niagara Artists Centre Flea Market Gallery, St. Catherines, Art Metropole, Toronto, The Power Plant, Toronto and Ed Video, Guelph. Harris is based in Toronto.

Jeremy Jansen works primarily in sculpture and photography. Select recent exhibitions include Greenpoint Terminal Gallery, Brooklyn, The Power Plant, Toronto, Cooper Cole, Toronto, Tomorrow Gallery, Toronto and Plug In ICA, Winnipeg. Jansen’s debut European solo show at La Miroiterie, Paris featured an accompanying monograph published by Editions FP & CF. Jansen lives and works in Toronto.

Niall McClelland received his BDES from Emily Carr University. Recent solo exhibitions include Envoy Enterprises, New York, Eleanor Harwood, San Francisco, Wil Aballe Art Projects, Vancouver and Clint Roenisch Gallery, Toronto, among others. His work has been included in recent group exhibitions at Gallery Nosco, London, Envoy Enterprises, New York City, P.P.O.W, New York City, MOCCA, Toronto, The Power Plant, Toronto, Plug In ICA, Winnipeg. His work has been published in ArtNews, Modern Painters, Canadian Art, Dazed, Hunter and Cook and Adbusters among others. McClelland lives in Toronto.