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May 12 – July 15, 2018
Opening Reception, Friday, May 11th 7 – 9 PM

Svava Thordis Juliusson: OUROBOROS, etc. (Bitter as her Name)

Artist Talk: Sunday, June 10th 2 PM

Ouroboros, etc. (Someone is Waiting) 2018, Painted Aluminum

The objects in Juliusson’s practice emerge out of a kind of ritual, repeated until the artist feels she knows why or that there is enough. There is a confluence of ideas and actions within this new body of work, manifesting through the urgency of making and relies on the conceptual premise of the multiple as a way to both accentuate and blur the original source. The specific ideas are left similarly obscured, but Juliusson aims to articulate a response to the politics of today, and conversely the elusiveness of Tikkun Olam (repairing the world), while also exploring a personal narrative that is formless and unnamed.

Ouroboros, etc., (Bitter as Her Name) aligns, and challenges recent work within Juliusson’s practice, wherein she explores the tension that occurs when chance meets potential, through the manipulation of commonplace and industrial materials. Her studio investigations are purposefully intuitive; the sculptural objects that develop refer to the physical act of drawing a line in space, the substance of a particular colour, or the shape of an abstracted form. The process of attaching one thing to another until a familiar shape emerges coincides or collides with ideas around landscape, domestic spaces and physical gestures.

Svava Thordis Juliusson is a Hamilton, Ontario based artist born in Siglufjörður, Iceland in 1966. Juliusson began undergraduate studies at the Alberta College of Art and Design in 1993; received a Bachelor of Fine Arts at NSCAD University in 1997; and completed her MFA in studio at York University in 2007. Juliusson is a founding member of the artist collective (F)NOR.

Svava Thordis Juliusson gratefully acknowledges the Canada Council for the Arts; and the Ontario Arts Council for supporting the presentation of this exhibition through an Exhibitions Assistance Grant.

Susan Schelle: Selected Works
Guest Curator: Ana Barajas

Artist & Curator Talk: Saturday, June 2nd 12:30 PM

water towers (detail), 2010

Susan Schelle has been making art since 1976. Practicing over decades has given her the opportunity to revisit familiar themes setting up a dialogue between works and often re-working elements over time. This exhibition serves as a resting perch from which to survey a working life embedded in visual thinking. The continuity of ideas point to an open-ended search for the location of the self within an environment that is at times ominous.

The element of water is at the center of Schelle’s mixed-media explorations. It appears in many forms and states, but it always affects the position of the viewer. Infinitely relatable, the concept of water weaves in and out of this selection of works and posits questions about our relationship to it, our usage and misuse, and our subjugation to its force. The image of the physical body, often absent from the work, is hinted to be a peripheral witness, both rooted in the moment and detached from its referent. This exhibition recognizes and celebrates the methodology of an artist deeply concerned with environmental phenomenology and its effects on the human environment.

Susan Schelle was born in Hamilton, Ontario, and currently lives and works in Toronto. She was an Associate Professor Emeritus in Visual Studies, J.H. Daniels Faculty, University of Toronto. Working with sculpture and photography, Schelle is interested in the "manipulation of the familiar: images that deal with the phenomenon of the physical world and the customs of a particular time and place." She has completed a number of public art commissions, notably salmon run The Rogers Center Toronto. passage York University Toronto and laws of nature Court House Square Park, Toronto, Ont. She has shown both nationally and internationally including The Cenci Gallery, Rome, Italy and The Freedman Gallery Albright College, Reading Pennsylvania. Her work resides in the collections of Air Canada, The Art Gallery of Ontario, The Art Gallery of Hamilton, McMaster Museum of Art, The Winnipeg Art Gallery, The Vancouver Art Gallery, and The National Gallery of Canada. In addition to her own work, Schelle has collaborated with Mark Gomes on several public commissions, most recently jetstream at Terminal One, Pearson International Airport, Toronto.

Born in Mexico City, Mexico, Ana Barajas holds a BFA from OCAD University in Sculpture/Installation. She received a MVA, Curatorial and a MA, Modern Art History from the University of Toronto. As the Director of YYZ Artists’ Outlet, a non-profit artist-run centre, Barajas has managed more than one-hundred exhibitions to date. Independent curatorial projects include It takes everyone to know no one in 2011 at the Justina M. Barnicke Gallery, Art Museum, University of Toronto, The 19th Hole at Cuchifritos Gallery+Project Space, NY in 2014 and the group exhibition Disappearing Act at the Thames Art Gallery, Chatham-Kent in 2017. Susan Schelle: Selected Works was first shown at McMaster Museum of Art, McMaster University, Hamilton.

Susan Schelle gratefully acknowledges the Ontario Arts Council for supporting the presentation of this exhibition through an Exhibitions Assistance Grant.

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