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Juan Ortiz-apuy, The Garden of Earthly Delights, 2016

THE GARDEN OF EARTHLY DELIGHTS - JUAN ORTIZ-APUY

Friday, January 13, 2017 - Saturday, February 11, 2017
Opening Reception: Friday, January 13, 6PM - 8PM

ABOUT THE EXHIBITION
Taking its conceptual starting point from Rem Koolhaas’ “Junkspace”, which advances the concept of junkfood to our built environment, this exhibition investigates the world of “total design” to reflect on contemporary image practices involving advertising, design and commodity fetishism. Inspired by Early Netherlandish Painting, the large-scale collage works feature fantastical imagery, depicting fragile and elaborate ecosystems where designed objects and furniture appear like animate beings with a will and agency of their own.

Presented in partnership with the Toronto Design Offsite Festival.

ARTIST BIOGRAPHY
Juan Ortiz-apuy was born in Costa Rica in 1980 and now lives and works in Montreal since 2003. He has a BFA from Concordia University, Montreal (2008), a Post-graduate diploma from the Glasgow School of Art, Scotland (2009), and a MFA from NSCAD University, Halifax (2011). Ortiz-apuy often describes his installations as encyclopaedias of sorts that string together ideas and themes seemingly unrelated to each other, like in an erratic web of references, in which at points these sources exchange and come together, and at others they fall apart. Through juxtaposition, assemblage and collage, specific moments, ideas and materials are carefully woven together in these installations through a suggestive network of associations. Drawing from literature, theory, popular culture, design, and art history, he intends in this way to create a system that at one point begins to follow its own logic, vocabulary and energy. His work has been exhibited across Canada and internationally. Recent exhibitions include The MacLaren Arts Centre, SPOROBOLE Contemporary Art Centre, Gallery Birch Libralato, ARTSPACE, Eastern Edge, A Space Gallery and Quebec City Biennial: Manif d'Art 7. In 2011 he was the recipient of the Halifax Regional Municipality Contemporary Visual Art Award. Ortiz-apuy is represented by gallery antoine ertaskiran.


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Jimmy Limit, Untitled, 2016

SHOP FLOOR - JIMMY LIMIT

Friday, January 13, 2017 - Saturday, February 11, 2017
Opening Reception: Friday January 13, 6PM - 8PM

ABOUT THE EXHIBITION
Employing aesthetics of stock photography through odd and abstracted still lifes of everyday household objects, this exhibition features a new series light boxes and moving image works by Jimmy Limit. Repurposing these objects into strange and elaborate sculptures, the work examines photography as both a supplier of commodities and a commodity in itself.

Presented in partnership with the Toronto Design Offsite Festival.

ARTIST BIOGRAPHY
Jimmy Limit is a photo-based artist living in St Catharines Ontario. His recent exhibitions combine his long-standing interest in self-publishing and photography with a new fascination: ceramics and sculpture. Limit has exhibited throughout Canada and the United States, including exhibitions and at Rodman Hall/Brock University, St Catharines; Clint Roenisch Gallery, Toronto; Mercer Union, Toronto; Butcher Gallery, Toronto; Emporium, Montreal; Melanie Flood Projects, New York; Printed Matter, New York and POV Evolving Gallery, Los Angeles. His work has been featured in publications including Bad Day, The New York Times and Frieze. Limit received a BFA from the Ontario College of Art and Design in 2012.


UPCOMING WORKSHOP

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Juan Ortiz-apuy, A Small Lighting Revolution, 2015

CONTEMPORARY COLLAGE WITH JUAN ORTIZ-APUY
THURSDAY, JANUARY 12, 2017 - 6PM - 9PM
$ 50.00 CAD / $ 40.00 CAD (members)

Costa Rican-born, Montreal-based multidisciplinary artist Juan Ortiz-apuy will walk participants through a presentation on contemporary collage and then facilitate a hands-on collage party for participants! In what ways can collage be useful for sorting through and understanding contemporary image practices? Ortiz-apuy will look at our image-saturated world and posit questions about various ways collage can speak critically using physical/metaphorical fragmentation and absurdist juxtapositions.

*Participants are encouraged to bring imagery they would like to use for the collage party. Gallery 44 will also supply basic materials.

To register, please contact:
Meera Margaret Singh
(416) 979-3941 Ext. 2


Gallery 44 is open Tuesday to Saturday 11 am to 5 pm | Free admission

Gallery 44 Centre for Contemporary Photography is a non-profit artist-run centre committed to photography as a multi-faceted and ever-changing art form. Founded in 1979 to establish a supportive environment for the development of photography, Gallery 44’s mandate is to provide a context for reflection and dialogue on contemporary photography and its related practices. Gallery 44 offers exhibition and publication opportunities to national and international artists, award-winning education programs, and affordable production facilities for artists. Through its programs, Gallery 44 is engaged in changing conceptions of the photographic image and its modes of production.

Gallery 44 Centre for Contemporary Photography
401 Richmond Street West, Suite 120
Toronto, Ontario M5V 3A8
www.gallery44.org

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