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James Kirkpatrick, Homebase Command Centre 2011, painted fiberglass and found objects. McIntosh Collection, purchase 2012. Photo: courtesy Michael Gibson Gallery, London


Intensities and Lines of Flight

Marc Bell
James Kirkpatrick
David Merritt
Kim Moodie
Jennie White
Giles Whitaker
Robert Waters with Renée Jackson and Suzanne McCullagh

April 27 to June 16, 2012

Presented in conjunction with the conference Intensities and Lines of Flight: Deleuze, Guattari and the Arts, this exhibition brings together an array of contemporary art that has an affinity with Deleuzo-Guattarian philosophical concepts.

Exhibiting artists Marc Bell, James Kirkpatrick, David Merritt and Kim Moodie, though not directly influenced by Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari, explore themes and concepts that complement their philosophy, including rhizomatic systems in the work of Kirkpatrick, Merritt and Moodie, and assemblage in Bell's collages.

The remaining artists—Giles Whitaker, Jennie White and Robert Waters— refer directly to D+G in their work. Waters, who lives in Spain, collaborated with two academics presenting at the conference, Renée Jackson and Suzanne McCullagh, to develop the installation Organ Eyes Peer Amid, specifically for the exhibition. Waters, Jackson and McCullagh will be in residence at McIntosh Gallery to assemble this large, multi-media installation from April 26th until the conference begins on May 4th. The public is invited to visit the artists during the residency.

Jennie White, too, presents new work. Her three sculptures have evolved over the past six months as she incorporated ideas based on her research into D+G. Like Bell, her work is an assemblage of found materials that form rhizomatic connections to a broad range of cultural and social references.

New Zealand artist Giles Whitaker, a visual arts graduate student at Western, is represented by netLines, an interactive computer-based installation. Visitors use a mouse to provoke a cascade of unexpected behaviours among the 10,000 interconnected lines projected onto a gallery wall. With netLines, Whitaker explores Deleuze's affect theory as a way of understanding spheres of experience beyond the dominant paradigms of representation, including our interaction with real and virtual worlds.

Organized by McIntosh Gallery and the Centre for Advanced Research in European Philosophy, King's University College, the conference and exhibition opening on May 4th includes a keynote address by National Gallery of Canada curator of contemporary art Josée Drouin Brisebois followed by the exhibition's opening reception.

Public Events:

Friday, May 4, 5:00 P.M.
Keynote address: Josée Drouin Brisebois, Curator of Contemporary Art, National Gallery of Canada, Conron Hall, University College, Western University

Friday, May 4, 7:00 P.M.
Lines of Flight reception, McIntosh Gallery. Join Josée Drouin Brisebois, exhibiting artists and conference delegates to open the exhibition and conference. Hors d'oeuvre and aperitifs served.

Sunday, May 6, 11:00 A.M.
Intensities and Lines of Flight exhibition tour, McIntosh Gallery

The Intensities and Lines of Flight: Deleuze and Guattari and the Arts conference is held from May 4 to May 6, 2012. For more information about the conference, visit http://www.carep.ca, or contact conference organizer Dr. Antonio Calcagno at acalcagn@uwo.ca.

For more information about the exhibiton, contact James Patten at jpatten2@uwo.ca or 519.661.2111 x84602.

McIntosh Gallery
Western University
1151 Richmond Street
London, Ontario
N6A 3K7
http://mcintoshgallery.ca
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