Papier Art Fair
Place de Arts, Montreal
April 25 – 28th, 2013
Narwhal Projects will be at the Papier13 Contemporary Art Fair April 25 – 28 with artists Team Macho, Jacob Whibley and Geoffery Pugen. Papier13 will once again celebrate the versatility of paper as a medium in contemporary art at the Quartier des spectacles. The sixth edition of the fair will be held from April 25 – 28, 2013, and will bring together an even greater number of artists and galleries from across Canada.
OPENING NIGHT PREVIEW
Thursday, April 25, 2013
Fri April 26 12 – 6pm
Sat April 27 12 – 8pm
Sun April 28 12 – 6pm
Jacob Robert Whibley is a Toronto based artist focusing on collage, sculpture and installation. Exploring the theme of interstitial spaces, Whibley’s collages show geometric and organic forms in a suspended moment of transition. Drawing inspiration from modernist design and unfulfilled histories, Whibley assembles each collage through a process of successive movements and emphasizes the contrast between found and intentionally crafted elements. These tactile moments allude to structural and topographic forms as they shift and reconfigure towards newer possibilities.
A graduate of The Ontario College of Art and Design in the Communication Design program, Whibley exhibited as a member of Team Macho from 2005-2011, with Friends for Life (2005), Team Macho is a Tough Man(2006), Fancy Action Now (2007), Kitschy, Gay, And Over In a Second (2008) and Hibernation Sickness (2010). Magic Pony published their first monograph in 2007, entitled Fancy Action Now: The Art of Team Macho and their second monograph The Merlin Years (2012). Whibley has exhibited his solo work in Atlas Findings (2010), The Dazzle (2010), SCOPE Miami (2011) and PULSE NY (2012). Whibley’s work has been exhibited in a variety of galleries throughout Canada, U.S. and Europe. Most recently he was included in the group shows Freedom of Assembly (2012) at Oakville Galleries and Collages (2012) at Espace de l’art concret in Mouans-Sartoux, France. Primarily recognized for his abstract collages, it is with a bell is a cup until it is struck (2012) at Harbourfront Centre in Toronto that he makes an aesthetic departure to further explore themes of contemporary architecture, mark-making and memory.
Comprised of members Nicholas Aoki, Stephen Appleby-Barr, Christopher Buchan, and Lauchie Reid, Team Macho shares a large studio in Toronto, where their collective efforts are focused on developing an art-making practice that spans the worlds of both fine art and illustration. Ranging from the crudely rendered to the classically painted, Team Macho playfully juxtapose styles and motifs, creating mixed media works that encompass a replete list of materials and methods. Team Macho’s work conveys a strong DIY ethic and a decidedly informal, multidisciplinary approach. With an idiosyncratic attitude toward collaboration, the group synchronously cultivate a cooperative yet highly competitive spirit, where the very nature of their alliance revolves around celebrating, thwarting and subverting each other’s contributions, creating seamless collaborations from the fraternal narrative that surrounds their studio practice. Recent exhibitions include solo exhibitions with Narwhal in Toronto, the Optica Centre for the Arts in Montreal and International exhibitions in Los Angeles, New York, Detroit and Amsterdam. Team Macho began exhibiting with Friends for Life (June 2005), Team Macho is a Tough Man (May 2006), Fancy Action Now (May 2007), Kitschy, Gay, And Over In a Second (September 2008) and Hibernation Sickness (Oct 2010). Magic Pony published their first monograph in 2007, entitled Fancy Action Now: The Art of Team Macho and second monograph The Merlin Years in 2012. Recent projects include the large scale installation AXIS MUNDI at the Art Gallery of Ontario (Jan – Mar 2012).
Working with video, film, performance, and photography in the digital realm, Pugen explores alternate realities through simulating and re-contextualizing media histories. With theatrical absurdity, Pugen examines relationships between real and staged performance, the natural and the artificial, and tensions of virtual identity. Through altering and manipulating images, Pugen renders situations that question our perceptions of how history, documentation, and simulation intersect. Recent solo exhibitions include Long Divisions, (2011, Contact Festival, Angell Gallery, Toronto), Sahara Sahara (2011, Special Project Space, Museum of Canadian Contemporary Art), and Bridge Kids (2010, Gallery TPW, Toronto). Two-person exhibitions include The Tie-Break (tennis pains), (2012, Neubacher Shor, Toronto) and The Tie-Break, (2011, Nuit Blanche commission, Toronto), both with Tibi Tibi Neuspiel. Pugen has exhibited his films and videos nationally and internationally including at the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, World Wide Short Film Festival, Berlin Transmediale International Media Arts Festival, European Media Art Festival, and the Poland 12th International Media Art Biennale WRO 07.