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BGL

Better Mistakes
12 July to 18 August 2012
Opening Thursday 12 July from 6 to 8

Quebec trio BGL is known for sculpture, installation, photography and video that pushes the objects of contemporary culture beyond their normal function, and creates fantastic scenarios in which things don't quite behave as they should. Taking a special interest in the tension between nature and culture, between consumerism and freedom, and between high culture and low, these three engage in a relentless investigation of social norms and cultural patterns, always with a keen sense of humour and irony.

Lately, the group has taken to working with steel barriers. In their hands, these instruments of control and restriction become a playground, an invention, or an adventure. The other works shown here similarly embody BGL's characteristic experimental spirit. They employ various materials and techniques, and also work with the environment of the gallery itself, to subvert the viewer's expectations, addressing the ambiguity in art making between "right" and "wrong".

BGL's recent solo exhibitions include Spectacles + Problèmes at the Mac-Val in Paris (part of Nuit Blanche 2011), Cultiver son jardin at the Centre de design à l'UQAM, Montreal and Marshmallow + Cauldron + Fire =, at the Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver. Recent group shows include Dorm at The Model, Sligo, Ireland, Manoeuvers at Galerie Toni Tàpies in Barcelona and Caught in the Act: Viewer as Performer, at the National Gallery of Canada. They are also included in the exhibition Oh, Canada at Mass MoCA, and they recently completed the Louis Odette Sculptor-in-Residence program at York University in Toronto.


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Robert Arndt

The Long Take
12 July to 18 August 2012
Opening Thursday 12 July from 6 to 8

The long take is sometimes referred to in film theory as the ultimate representation of subjectivity. As opposed to a montage, it necessarily represents a single, embodied, point of view, therefore leaving out all others. The long take could be said to reproduce a very realistic, while at the same time cinematic, kind of consumption of the world around us.

Robert Arndt works with photography and film to engage questions of structure, subjectivity, and interpretation, often subverting expectations by using familiar cinematic devices in unfamiliar ways. His pieces cause us to pay attention to the ways in which the objects and images we consume come to perform the roles we ask of them, and are confronted with the tension of the present moment as balanced against describable realities. Arndt's works often seem to hint that they are part of a larger dialogue or process, and that both the beginning and the end of what is presented is intentionally left open.

Since graduating from Emily Carr Institute of Art + Design, Arndt has exhibited and screened his work in solo and group exhibitions in Canada, the U.S., and abroad, including the Vancouver Art Gallery, Contemporary Art Gallery (Vancouver), and Artists Space (New York). He lives and works in Vancouver.

For more information please contact:

Colleen O'Reilly

colleen@diazcontemporary.ca

Diaz Contemporary

100 Niagara Street (at Tecumseth)
Toronto, ON M5V 1C5
416.361.2972
www.diazcontemporary.ca

Summer Hours: Tuesday to Thursday, 11 to 6 / Friday and Saturday 11 to 5, or by appointment


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