Featuring work by Adrienne Kammerer, Mark Dudiak, Nicholas Aoki, Noel Middleton, Patrick Krzyzanowski and Tibi Tibi Neuspiel
, 8 Days No Contact
is my response to a found break up journal from 1994. Authored by a machismo romantic, the journal offers an intimate perspective on the lifecycle of love and loss and invites exploration of the disintegrated landscape of a splintered heart. Through individual artworks and objects created and collected, the journal serves as a portal to a purgatory for the broken hearted. Curated by Kristin Weckworth.
Saturday May 4, 2013
6 – 9pm
Adrienne Kammerer’s exquisite graphite drawings depict an ongoing narrative exploring the history of magic set in a fictitious past. Through beautifully rendered figurative portraits and environments, Kammerer intuitively combines historic folklore with documented and imagined instances of magic,mythology and the occult. Drawing influence from the fear and superstitions rooted in childhood, Kammerer’s images conjure memories of the past while offering a subtly dark humor indicative of their present existence.
Mark Dudiak is an interdisciplinary artist working primarily in sculpture, painting and video. His hybrid sculptural practice borrows from pop culture, urban architectural vernacular, and digital communications in its reworking of symbols that constitute narratives of cultural self-definition. Dudiak received his bachelor of fine arts from the Emily Carr University, Vancouver in 2003. He is currently a research fellow at the Centre for Art and Urbanistics (ZK/U) in Berlin, Germany. Recent exhibitions include Dead End at MOCCA Toronto and Right at Trinity Square Video, Toronto. Upcoming exhibitions include A Beautiful Place For a Murder at BOHART Vancouver and 48 Stunden Neukölln, Berlin.
Nicholas Aoki is an artist and illustrator currently working and living in Toronto. He graduated from Sheridan College in illustration in 2004. Aoki’s work unveils the interconnectivity between the longstanding tradition of painting and new medias and technology. He is one of four founding members of the artist collective Team Macho, with whom he has exhibited in Canada and internationally in venues that include Optica Gallery, Montreal, Sidlee Collective, Amsterdam, Giant Robot, San Fracisco, New York, L.A., and most recently at the AGO with Axis Mundi. Nicholas Aoki has previously exhibited as a solo-artist at Narwhal Projects with Goodnight; Sweet Hearts (2009).
Noel Middleton is a Toronto-based multidisciplinary artist who works in sculpture, installation, photography and video. Using natural, found and collected materials, Middleton creates multi-sensory, multi-media installations that bridge experiences of reclusion and fantasy with themes of social and economic deprivation. Middleton’s works play with the visual tropes of fairy tales and fantasy, presenting discomfitingly familiar characters, figures and forms that stem from these vocabularies.
Patrick Krzyzanowski is a Toronto-based artist and graduate of the University of Guelph Studio Art program. In his new body of work, Krzyzanowski playfully investigates the absence of the artist’s hand by acting the role of orchestrator and engineer. His drawings yield unpredictable results, marking the passage of time through gestural linework and dynamic movement.
Tibi Tibi Neuspiel
Tibi Tibi Neuspiel works in a diverse range of media including sculpture, performance, and video. Mining the banal for the prophetic and haunting, Neuspiel references both tangible understandings of the natural world and elements culled from popular culture. He has exhibited his work at institutions and art fairs throughout North America, Europe, and Japan, including the Art Gallery of Ontario, Art Basel, and Tokyo Wonder Site.