Fennel Plunger Corporation

(Jean-Paul Kelly, Steve Reinke, Anne Walk)

10 September 2010 - 16 October 2010
Opening Reception 10 September 2010 8pm

Hard times, these are hard times. All rag, no bone.

Fennel Plunger has everything, of course, but it would not do to rub it in people’s faces, so this exhibition is dedicated to all of you working class heroes. We say, “Keep up your good work,” and in return Fennel Plunger will continue to provide you with straightforward, edifying art in a range of genres/price ranges. We’ve learned a lot in the past few years from the whirlwind ascendancy and subsequent fall of relational aesthetics. We’ve learned that McLuhan did it better, or thought it better. In 1967 grooviness was the glue that kept it all together. Ten years later, the groovy dried up and we were left with a pile of dusty, glue-specked aphorisms that didn’t seem to make any sense. But now, in the wake of social practices, our McLuhan makes sense as it never did. For instance, in 1967, “The Medium is the Massage” was just a bad pun. Now, you would get actual massage, though perhaps administered by untrained school children. All massage, no message. And no medium, everything well done.

Jean-Paul Kelly is a Toronto-based artist. He creates drawings, photographs and videos–often displayed together–that explore contiguity through allegory and replacement. He has exhibited at Gallery TPW, Toronto (2008), Ed Video: Media Arts Centre, Guelph (2010), as part of Showcase.09 at Cambridge Galleries (2009) and at galleries and festivals in North America, Japan, and Europe.

Steve Reinke is an artist and writer best known for his monologue-based videos. His videos are distributed by Vtape, and his work is represented by Birch Libralato. He is associate professor of Art Theory & Practice at Northwestern.

Anne Walk was born in Brantford Ontario, may or may not have a gotten her Bachelor’s of Fine Arts at the University of Western Ontario and currently resides in Vancouver BC. She has a love/hate relationship with Art and, though they are seldom on speaking terms, they occasionally tryst in white cubes for something quick and dirty. She claims it doesn’t mean anything.

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