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New publications from the Koffler Gallery!


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Nina Levitt: And She Was, Installations Inspired by Women in WWII; Karliee Fuglem; Jeannie Thib: Lure

Nina Levitt: And She Was, Installations Inspired by Women in WWII
Linda Jansma and Shelley Hornstein

Nina Levitt has long explored the roles women played in Allied intelligence operations during the Second World War. Inspired by documents, photographs and films from Canadian, American and British archives, she has created the two multi-media installations documented here. Thin Air focuses on the experiences of two Jewish agents who worked for the British military. Relay recreates the information sent and received from various spies using suitcase radios and working alone in great danger.

Co-published with the Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Oshawa
64 pp col. ill. 9 x 7 in softcover 978-0-921500-94-0
$20.00 Can


Karliee Fuglem
Kim Simon

Karilee Fuglem’s work builds on the visual and visceral experiences of our surroundings. With two new installations, Fuglem responds to the specific locations of the hosting galleries. Incorporating the Koffler Gallery’s unique curved walls and the daylight pouring in from uncovered skylights, here within our curving spaces links the site and time of the exhibition with the orbital pattern of the constellation Cygnus as located above Toronto on midsummer night. Corona Borealis, 9-5 similarly connects the site of the Art Gallery of Mississauga
to ever-present cosmic references not visible during daylight hours. Fuglem’s research into the local geographic environment further informs these works, examining how we intellectually and physically experience a place.

Co-published with the Art Gallery of Mississauga
32 pp col. ill. 6 x 8.5 in softcover 978-0-920863-81-7
$15.00 Can


Jeannie Thib: Lure
Patrick Mahon and Suzanne Danis Légé

Appropriating forms and images from the decorative arts, Jeannie Thib reshapes the past in light of the present. Focusing on the history of ornamental design, she reworks floral motifs from period textiles to create large patterned installations. These visual imprints persist as memories of a past splendour held by popular culture. Yet, the artist’s use of industrial materials — rubber, felt, landscaping cloth — undermines the notions of taste, comfort, wealth and privilege linked with the pattern source. Essayists comment on the artist’s installations through discussion of several recent exhibitions, notably, Fret (2000), Lure (2004), Pattern Fields (2005) and Fac-similé (2006).

Co-published with the Art Gallery of Sudbury and Foreman Art Gallery of Bishop’s University.
In English and French.
64 pp ill. col. 9.5 x 7.5 in softcover 978-0-9684003-5-7
$29.95 Can


To order catalogues, please contact the Koffler Gallery at 416.636.1880 x270 or kofflergallery@kofflerarts.org

All publications are also available through ABC Art Books Canada, www.abcartbookscanada.com


The Koffler Gallery of the Koffler Centre of the Arts gratefully acknowledges the support of its patrons and members, Cultural Season Sponsor CIBC Wood Gundy, the UJA Federation of Greater Toronto, the City of Toronto through the Toronto Arts Council, the Ontario Arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts.

MEDIA CONTACT
Tony Hewer, Head of Communications and Marketing, 416.636.1880 x 228, thewer@kofflerarts.org

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