KNOCK ON WOODS: A Roving International Artist Residency arrives in Toronto!

23 August 2008 12am - 12am

Closing reception and video presentation: Saturday 23 August at 8:00PM

Artist talk /w Yvette Poorter & former residents to follow at 8:30PM



571 College Street, but guests are advised to use the alley entrance.

Directions are as follows:

At the south west corner of College and Manning, head south on Manning.

Turn right at the first alley (Poison Ivy hair salon is on the corner).

Once you enter the alley, there will be an open door…head upstairs.

Please join us for the reception concluding the KNOCK ON WOODS residencies with Mercer Union. During the week of August 18th-23rd, the gallery is hosting several short-term residencies of local artists, writers,
former-Yugoslav-Punk-aficionados, hair-weavers, tombstone casters, nappers and people who do other things too. These residencies are happening at various locations around Toronto including a front yard across from Trinity Park (August 18-19) and a rooftop on College at Bathurst (August 22-23)

With Knock on Woods, Rotterdam-based artist Yvette Poorter has created a nomadic version of her previous residency projects “This Neck of the Woods” (2005-07) and “A Week in the Woods (2001-03).” After a number of European stops in Holland, France and Portugal, Poorter is now in the process of touring the project to a number of Canadian cities including Open Space (Victoria), Helen Pitt (Vancouver), Modern Fuel (Kingston) and articule with Quartier Ephemère (Montreal).

Knock on Woods International Residency is a constructed space that dedicates itself to offering local and international artists of all sorts a sense of rootedness and respite from a hectic and bewildering globalism. The residency is a para-site that consists of a rustic tent-cabin and a forest of tree-flags. Functioning as a sculpture, an architectural intervention, an archive, a series of collaborations and a traveling circus, KOW suitably takes on more nebulous forms: a cross-roads, a zone, a state of mind.

Artists were invited to do a residency with Knock on Woods for a minimum of four and a maximum of twenty-four hours. Any kind of work/non-work was advocated:outcome-based projects, pointless exploration, rest or respite.

For more information on the background for this project, the artist, and a link to Knock on Woods, please visit

YVETTE POORTER is a Canadian/Dutch artist currently based in Rotterdam. Her sculpture, video, photography, text-works, actions and installation have been shown extensively in North America and Europe, as well as in Scandanavia and Japan. Recent solo exhibitions include The Vegetarians at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria (Victoria BC), ICI3 at Buro Dijkstra (Rotterdam), Monumoments (Paris), and Forty-Hour-Work-Week at Sox36 (Berlin).