Janet Cardiff: Whispering Room
April 2 - May 3, 2009
Organized by KW|AG
Co-presented by the Open Ears Festival
Courtesy of the Art Gallery of Ontario
Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery (KW|AG) is pleased to host an installation by Janet Cardiff as part of the 2009 Open Ears Festival of Music and Sound. Recognized as one of Canada's most diverse and adventurous musical events, the Open Ears Festival celebrates the act of listening through innovative programs, from guided sound walks to multimedia performances.
Whispering Room is a multimedia installation featuring sixteen speakers, each playing a part of a dialogue in which a female voice describes a particular event from various viewpoints. As listeners move through the gallery space, the story they hear changes. Each segment gently pulls the listener into a different direction, shuffling them between the past and the future and implicating the psychology of different modes of communication. The hushed voices are interrupted by a brief film projection of a girl tap dancing in the forest. This seemingly random interruption is both mysterious and familiar, a fitting visual version of the forest of speakers and haunting voice that moves throughout the gallery space.
Art Talk with Janine Antoni
Sun Life Financial Art Talks
Co-presented by the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics
Hosted by Robert Enright
Wednesday, May 13, 7:30 p.m.
Perimeter Institute's Mike Lazaridis Theatre of Ideas
31 Caroline Street North, Waterloo
Order online at http://www.perimeterinstitute.ca/Events/Event_Horizons/Art_Talks/ or call 519.883.4480 (2-5 p.m. Monday to Friday)
In 2005, KW|AG and Perimeter Institute formed a partnership to bring cutting edge visual art presentations by distinguished artists and cultural figures to Waterloo Region. Each presentation is hosted by Robert Enright in a lecture and interview format. Enright has a distinguished career as a writer, broadcaster, and Editor-at-Large for Border Crossings Magazine. Janine Antoni, the American multi-media artist, will be the ninth speaker in this prestigious series.
Janine Antoni has emerged as one of the most significant sculptors and performance artists of her generation. Born in 1964 in the Bahamas, she was educated at Sarah Lawrence College and the Rhode Island School of Design, from which she graduated with an MFA in 1989. She lives and teaches in New York. Ms. Antoni is admired for a number of works from the 1990s which transformed everyday activities, like eating, sleeping and bathing, into acts and objects that conveyed a startling visual and visceral intensity. Her work "Gnaw" from 1992 is a sculptural installation of two massive cubes, one of lard and the other of chocolate, which bore the marks of her teeth. She subsequently reformed some of this material into sculpted candy boxes and lipstick tubes. Continuing the critique of beauty and its processes, she performed "Loving Care" in which she used her hair as a paint brush to paint a gallery floor with hair dye. In "Lick and Lather" from 1993, she fashioned self-portrait busts out of soap and chocolate, which she set on classical pedestals. "I had the idea that I would feed myself with myself and wash myself with myself" she said in an interview for Art 21. In "Mortar and Pestle", she also documented what may be the most unconventional kiss in the history of art. Antoni has consistently used her own body as a source for memorable images. Her work is about nurturing and sustenance and what we need to do as humans to stay alive, physically, emotionally and psychically. What she makes us realize is that art is a necessary nutrient for all of those conditions.
Janine Antoni has exhibited at the Whitney Museum, the Solomon R.Guggenheim Museum, S.I.T.E. Santa Fe, the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, The Reina Sofia, and the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art. She is represented in New York by the Luhring Augustine Gallery.
Image Credit: Janine Antoni, Touch, 2002. Video installation, 9.37 minute loop. Courtesy of the artist and Luhring Augustine, New York.
Open House - Monday, April 6, 2009, 7-9 p.m.
Join the Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery to celebrate the:
Everyone is welcome and admission is free.
Susan Coolen Commissioned for 6th Parochial View Installment
KW|AG commissioned Susan Coolen to create the sixth installment in the Gallery's Parochial Views series. Coolen describes the allure of this project as being "located in the joy of seeing and finding, while being challenged to make images that might combine into a coherent and meaningful series hinting at the idea that the graphic forms of nature found here in Kitchener are also humanity's ‘common parlance' -the inspiration of written language and decorative motif." Parlance can be seen in the Spring 2009 issues of Border Crossings and Canadian Art.
Susan Coolen, Parlance No. 4, 2008, archival gicleé prints, total diptych size 60" x 30".
Free Public Tours
Sunday, April 19 & Sunday, May 31, 2 p.m.
A trained Gallery docent (guide) will lead you on an in-depth tour of current exhibitions through thoughtful discussion.
Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery
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