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Onsite [at] OCAD (formerly the OCAD Professional Gallery) presents:
Superviscous: Works in Glass
February 19 to May 28, 2010
Curated by Charles Reeve and York Lethbridge
Reception: Thursday, February 18, 5 to 7 p.m., coinciding with the reception for Fabricating Frontiers at OCAD’s Student Gallery.
Curators’ tour: Wednesday, March 3 at 6:30 p.m.
Haunted by fragility and an uncertain identity (ultra-thick liquid? amorphous solid?), glass rests uneasily at the intersection between art, design and craft. Including works drawn largely from Toronto collections, Superviscous brings together artists exploring this temperamental medium’s unstable nature. Jon Kuhn’s dazzling cubes are compacted universes full of colour and light. Tim Whiten’s subtle cast broom stands quietly in the corner, contrasting with Sandra Rechico’s satisfyingly crunchy shards on the floor. Through these and other works, the show explores the contradictory associations we bring to glass. Its eye-catching beauty is both strength and weakness. Is this inevitable attractiveness just a cheap — or costly — trick?
“The artists here explore the unique properties of glass in works that range from kitsch to conceptual,” explains York Lethbridge, Operations Coordinator at Onsite and Co-curator of the exhibition. “Their works reflect art’s historical use of glass and suggest how its application might continue to evolve as new technologies emerge.”
Superviscous also encourages connections between generations and locations by mingling mid-career and mature artists like Rechico and Whiten with much younger practitioners such as Tyler Clark Burke and Matthew Eskusche, and by including work from a range of cultural contexts throughout eastern Canada and the U.S.
Do Ho Suh, Tyler Clark Burke, Matthew Eskuche, Mark Roeder, Nestor Kruger, Jon Kuhn, Scott Lyall, Sandra Rechico, Colette Whiten and Tim Whiten.
Onsite [at] OCAD
Level 2, 100 McCaul Street, Toronto
416-977-6000 Ext. 265 | www.ocad.ca
Gallery hours: Wednesday to Friday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, noon to 6 p.m.
Also on exhibit at OCAD:
February 17 to March 13, 2010
Reception: Thursday, February 18, 5 to 7 pm
The artists within this show, Ivette Aghajani, Eugenie Davis, Shlomi Greenspan, Nathaniel Hurtubise, Megan A. Skyvington, and Jarrod Wilson produce work which explores architectural forms and space as points of personal reference, whether referring to a personal memory or to a geographical location. The idea of space as a referent indicates an interest in the search for individual identities and a sense of place within a system which perceives space as property and wealth. Curated by Christine Swiderski.
OCAD Student Gallery
285 Dundas Street West, Toronto
416-977-6000 Ext. 262 | www.ocad.ca/studentgallery
Gallery hours: Wednesday to Saturday, 12 noon to 6 pm.
Both venues are free and open to the public.
Image: Jon Kuhn, Golden Forest (2007), cold glass, 12.25" x 8.5" x 8.5", Photo: Jackson Smith. Image courtesy of Sandra Ainsley Gallery.
Sarah Mulholland, Media & Communications Officer, OCAD
email@example.com, 416-977-6000 Ext. 327 (mobile Ext. 1327)