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Jill Price, Material Shadows #0008, #0009, & #0010, 2017, charcoal, graphite, fur on strathmore watercolour paper

Toronto Offsite Design Festival and GravityPope present

Material Witness by Jill Price

January 15 - 21
Reception and Artist Discussion: January 20, 2-4 pm

The Toronto Design Offsite Festival (TO DO) is Canada’s largest cultural celebration of design with over 100 exhibitions and events forming Toronto’s design week, January 15-21, 2018. Going into its 8th year, TO DO transforms Toronto into a hub for creativity, taking design and art out of the studio and into the urban sphere, bringing people together to celebrate contemporary culture. We provide opportunities for emerging talent, and engage the community with exceptional and accessible public programming.

This year GravityPope will host an exhibition entitled Material Witness presented by Jill Price, an MFA graduate from OCAD University. Considering the ecological realities of the Anthropocene and keeping in mind her privileged perspective on excess, Material Witness is a body of drawings and sculptures in which Jill Price reflects on her role as a maker and consumer within the Anthropocenic age. Acknowledging the agency of material and immaterial things, Price considers the causality and impact of shadows within our physical and psychological geographies.

"Materials are embedded with memory, magnetism and potential. They have a way of shifting, lingering and reconfiguring over, in and outside of measurable increments of time. Within this interconnected and interdependent vortex of moments, forms and space, one can witness the flattening and differentiation of matter. It is in these vacuous constructs where environments become geologically and conceptually layered and one may encounter slippage where humans become objects, objects become land, land becomes human and objects have agency over all they encounter." – Jill Price

While moving back and forth between the collapsing and inflating of matter, Price's collaborative drawing with fabric provides insight into cycles of production and decomposition. Interwoven with narratives of the worker, distributor, importer and user, her altered ready-mades reveal physical, social, political and economic shadows of materialism that change for each viewer. Within Price's practice-led research she also explores reclaimed and recycled goods for their potentiality.

"I work in a transdisciplinary way to visualize the interconnectivity and therefore interdependency of global ecological, economic and social networks. Primarily using graphite, charcoal and reclaimed textiles, indexical modes of recording are combined with methods of assemblage and the archive to communicate how humans, objects and land are all part of the same material cycle. From this realization I am inspired to reduce, reclaim, and revisit everyday objects." – Jill Price

Jill Price, Entanglements, altered reclaimed knits, 2' x 4' and growing, 2017

Join the artist for a reception and informal discussion about her research on Saturday, January 20th from 2 - 4 pm

Bio: Jill Price is an OCADU 2017 IAMD MFA graduate. A recipient of a 2016 SSHRC research grant and a 2017 Michael Smith Foreign Study Bursary, Price's thesis Land as Archive: A Collection of Seen and Unseen Shadows, utilized material complicity and data visualization to locate and analyze the political, economic, social and environmental shadows of material culture. As an extension of her research on the shadows of the global textile industry and its impact on the geology and geography on the environment, Price continues to contribute to publications about the Anthropocene and has recently submitted text and illustrations for a collaborative book project organized by the French artist collective Trop Urbain as a tribute to Robert Smithson's Journey to Passaic. Currently working on a self-publication The Umbrarium, Price is also in preparation a two person drawing exhibition at the Maclaren Art Centre and a solo exhibition at the Orillia Art and Historical Museum. Beyond her personal practice, Price works as the curator at Quest Art in the Midland Cultural Centre, teaches Gallery Studies and Creative Thinking at Georgian College and serves as a teaching assistant at OCAD University.

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Deborah Wang, Artistic Director
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