Leah Garnett

6 January 2006 - 4 February 2006
Opening Reception 6 January 2006 6pm

Mercer Union is pleased to announce two new exhibitions – Leah Garnett’s Greater Than Smaller Than and Conor Kelly’s Plainsong.

Artist Talk: Conor Kelly: Friday, January 6, 2006 7:30pm

Front Gallery:

Greater than Smaller than

Leah Garnett‘s practice explores interests in architecture, landscape, and cosmology, consistently questioning scale, physical phenomena, illusion, and logic. Her work addresses the fabrication of real and fictional spaces and the modeling of daydream. Glowdome consists of a sheet covered tent phosphorescent dots painted on the interior. When the timed light source goes out, viewers see a constellation-like pattern of glowing “stars.” VLF recordings – very low frequency radio waves emitted by electromagnetic disturbances in the atmosphere – play inside the dome.

“Leah Garnett has produced a series of three Personal Planetariums, each referring to one of the three components that make up an individual’s astrological chart (the sun, moon, and ascendant signs). These works are tents fashioned out of blackout fabric, second-hand sheets, and homemade pillows the artist has sewn from fabric remnants. A constellation of pinpricks has been poked into the roof of each tent, creating the impression of a representation of a section of the night sky.” – Katie Bethune-Leamen, 2005

Leah Garnett received her MFA from the Univeristy of Guelph in 2004 and her BFA from NSCAD in 1999. She was a Visiting Assistant Professor in Sculpture at Memorial University in the Fall of 2005. Currently she teaches Foundation Writing at NSCAD. She has attended residencies at the Banff Centre for the Arts and The MacDowell Colony, and is scheduled for a residency this summer at Struts Gallery.

For more information, please contact or 416.536.1519.

Mercer Union
37 Lisgar Street
Toronto Ontario
Canada M6J 3T3
(one block southwest of Queen and Dovercourt)

Mercer Union acknowledges the support of its membership, The Canada Council
for the Arts, The Ontario Arts Council and The City of Toronto through the
Toronto Arts Council.