We are pleased to share the opening exhibition of ESP’s new location, past present FUTURE, the first show as part of a three-part exhibition series co-curated by Narwhal Projects Director Kristin Weckworth and ESP Director Erin Stump. The first exhibition, FUTURE, features work by artists Katie Bethune-Leamen, Fastwurms, Maggie Groat, Susy Oliveira, Cameron Lee and Annie MacDonell.

Exploring themes of time and space from intuitive and physical realms, the past present FUTURE exhibition series seeks to create portals that tap into the psychic realm of visionaries.

1. a person who is supposed to be able, through supernatural insight, to see what the future holds.

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past present FUTURE
Katie Bethune-Leamen, Fastwurms, Maggie Groat, Susy Oliveira, Cameron Lee and Annie MacDonell
Curated by Kristin Weckworth and Erin Stump

1558 Dupont Street, Toronto
September 18 – October 10, 2015

Opens: Friday, September 18th 6 – 9pm

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Katie Bethune-Leamen works in sculpture, installation, and video, toward consideration of the nature of objects, our relationships with them, and our relationships with each other as mediated through objects. She is interested in the inchoate and the abstract—amorphous things subsisting in an in-between state—as location for engagement and possibility for meanings. Recent solo exhibitions include turn that brown upside down (Modern Fuel, Kingston), Hologram Tupac. Other Things. ALL-ONE! (OpenStudio, Toronto), Shiny, Object, Person. (AGO), the commissioned project Blobs for Lawren Harris’s Glaciers, Icebergs, and Unknown Things (AGO) and the group exhibition Northern Exposure (Art Gallery of Nova Scotia) and More Than Two… (The Power Plant). Recent residencies include the Residency of the Americas (Darling Foundry, Montreal), Fogo Island Arts, and SIM (Reykjavik, IS) and the Canada Council for the Arts International Residency, Paris upcoming in 2016. She is a 2015 recipient of a Chalmers Fellowship Grant to research sculptural abstraction through travel in Japan, Germany, Italy & the USA. She received her MFA from the University of Guelph.

Formed in 1979, FASTWURMS is the cultural project, trademark, and joint authorship of Kim Kozzi and Dai Skuse.

FASTWURMS artwork is about a poly-disciplinary, social creativity, that integrates hybrid media into events and immersive installations.

FASTWURMS practice is characterized by a determined DIY sensibility, Witch positivity identity politics, and a keen allegiance towards working class, queer alliance, and artist collaborations.

Maggie Groat is a visual artist working in a variety of media including collage, sculpture, artists’ books, site-specific interventions, and field studies. Forming an ongoing research-based practice, Groat’s work explores studies for possible futures, alternative and marginalized ways-of-knowing, salvage practices, and relationships and reconnections to place, from a hybrid Indigenous/Settler perspective. Through reconfiguring and recontextualizing found and salvaged materials, she assembles images, sculptures, tools and situations that enable moments of envisioning and the potential for action. Maggie studied visual art and philosophy at York University before attending The University of Guelph, where she received an MFA degree in 2010. In fall 2014, Groat was the Artist Scholar in Residence at Emily Carr University in Vancouver. Her work is currently on display AKA Artist-Run in Saskatoon, SK, a site-specific exhibition and self-directed residency underway at Brock University’s gallery, Rodman Hall Art Centre in St. Catharines, ON, with group shows at The Western Front and Winsor Gallery in Vancouver, Le Musée d’art contemporain des Laurentides in St. Jerome, QC, and Kamloops Art Gallery in Kamloops, BC to follow later in 2015. For insufficient interest in present circumstances is Groat’s second solo show with Erin Stump Projects. She currently lives on the southern shore of Lake Ontario.

Toronto-based multimedia artist Susy Oliveira has primarily worked with photo-based constructions blending photography and sculpture, resulting in something that is at once imposing in its three-dimensionality and strikingly two-dimensional and angular. Her photographic constructions, made using chromogenic colour prints and foamcore, occupy the space between two and three-dimensional collage in 3D forms that evoke the polygon renders of 1980s video games. Deployed to arresting effect, her work entertains an opposition between the round aspects of sculpture and the flat aspects of photography. Oliveira has exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art in Toronto, CAFKA in Kitchener, Arctite in Windsor, Le Musée D’art Contemporain in Baie-Saint-Paul, QC, The Hole in New York City and the 2010 Graphic Design Festival Breda in The Netherlands. Her paper sculpture We Know How to Make Life Go On appeared as a fold-out paper sculpture in a 2010 edition of The Believer magazine.

Cameron Lee is a Toronto-based artist, curator, and DJ. Cameron’s alter drag-ego Marilyn Mansion, builds, collects and combines found clothing, materials and objects using humour. Cameron programs and DJs the ongoing monthly event FEMINISTRY, hosted by the Holy Oak Café in Toronto, Cameron’s recently exhibited work includes a solo performance at the AGO, and sculptural works at The Power Plant, curated by Micah Lexier.

Annie MacDonell is a visual artist whose practice includes photography, film, installation, performance and sculpture. MacDonell’s work questions the constitution, function, and circulation of images in the 21st century.

She received a BFA from Ryerson University’s School of Image Arts in 2000, followed by graduate studies at Le Fresnoy, Studio National des Arts Contemporains, in France. Recent performances have been presented at le Centre Pompidou, in Paris, and the Scotiabank Contact Festival, in Toronto. Recent solo shows have been held at Mulherin New York, the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Art Gallery of Windsor and Mercer Union Gallery, in Toronto. She has participated in recent group exhibitions at la Bibliothèque National in Paris, The Power Plant, Toronto, the MOCA Cleveland, the Daegu Photo Biennale in South Korea and Le Grand Palais, Paris. In 2012 and 2015, she was long-listed for the Sobey Art Award. In 2012 she was short-listed for the AGO AMIA prize for photography. She teaches in the photography program at Ryerson University and her work is represented by Katharine Mulherin Contemporary Art. She lives with her family in Toronto.