27 February 2019 6pm
Join Mercer Union for a studio visit with Erdem Taşdelen.
Free for Sustaining Members and above; open to other members and select non-members for $15. Refreshments will be served. Meeting location will be announced to confirmed attendees closer to the date of the studio visit.
Erdem Taşdelen is a Turkish-Canadian artist based in Toronto. His practice is rooted in conceptualism and involves a range of media including installation, video, sculpture, sound and artist books. His diverse projects bring self-expression into question within the context of culturally learned behaviours, where he often draws from unique historical narratives to address the complexities of current sociopolitical issues. He has shown in numerous exhibitions internationally, including presentations at VOX Centre de l’image contemporaine, Montréal (2018); Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver (2017); Pera Museum, Istanbul (2017); Or Gallery, Vancouver (2017); Museum für Neue Kunst, Freiburg (2016); Sabanci Museum, Istanbul (2015); Western Front, Vancouver (2013); Oakville Galleries (2012); Haus Konstruktiv, Zurich (2013); Kunstverein Hannover (2013); MAK, Vienna (2013); and ARTER, Istanbul (2013). His work has been reviewed in publications including Artforum, Flash Art, ArtAsiaPacific, Financial Times, Canadian Art and C Magazine. Taşdelen was awarded the Joseph S. Stauffer Prize in Visual Arts by the Canada Council for the Arts in 2016, and the Charles Pachter Prize for Emerging Artists by the Hnatyshyn Foundation in 2014.
Image: Erdem Taşdelen, detail from Essentials of Psychological Testing, 2019. Articulated bus wrap produced as part of a public art partnership between The Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver and TransLink. Courtesy the artist.