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Jeff Bierk, Untitled #14, digital photograph (2015)

Jeff Bierk: CURTAIN

January 12 to March 10, 2019
Opening reception: Thursday, January 17th at 7:00 P.M.

In this exhibition, Toronto-based artist Jeff Bierk photographs friends and family to examine how past events and experiences create meaning. It pairs a series of photographs taken in hospitals between 2009 and 2010 with current photo-based projects. The result is a layering of memory that is at once beautiful and distorted. Bierk first encountered hospital curtains when his parents were hospitalized; soon after, his then-partner was admitted to hospital for a serious illness. For Bierk, he began shooting hospital curtains as a means of coping with the trauma he long-associated with these spaces. By returning to these photographs and objects as only the living can, by seeing them as documents and lived experience, Bierk finds new possibilities for emotional exchange with the departed. “These seemingly lifeless, inanimate folds of fabric say much more to me,” he writes, “they embody the personal loss I have experienced and my incessant desire to search for the beauty in the realities of life.”

Acknowledgements
Jeff Bierk: CURTAIN is a travelling exhibition organized and presented by the Grimsby Public Art Gallery in association with Glenhyrst Art Gallery of Brant and curated by Matthew Ryan Smith.

Glenhyrst Art Gallery of Brant would like to acknowledge that we are on the traditional territory of the Neutral, Anishinaabeg, and Haudenosaunee Peoples. Brantford is situated on the Haldimand Tract, land promised to Six Nations, which includes six miles on each side of the Grand River.

Glenhyrst Art Gallery of Brant gratefully acknowledges the support of the City of Brantford, Ontario Arts Council, Ontario Trillium Foundation, Brant Community Foundation and corporations, private citizens and Gallery members.


Opening reception with artist in attendance (free admission, everyone welcome)
Thursday, January 17th, 7:00 - 9:00pm.

Glenhyrst Art Gallery of Brant
20 Ava Road
Brantford, ON
N3T 5G9
519.756.5932
www.glenhyrst.ca
info@glenhyrst.ca

Gallery Hours
Tuesday – Friday: 10am – 5pm
Saturday & Sunday: 11am – 4pm
Closed Mondays

Admission is free or by donation.


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