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Adrienne Crossman

May 10, 2017

Adrienne Crossman is an artist, educator and curator. She has exhibited and curated for the Images Festival and the Wrong New Digital Art Biennale, and has completed residencies in Syracuse, Montréal, Windsor, and Artscape Gibraltar Point on the Toronto Islands. Her practice involves the exploration of non-normative and non-binary objects, characters and spaces, with a specific interest in queer potentialities within the non-human. She creates queer interventions through the manipulation of digital media and popular culture, the re-contextualization of often-overlooked objects and artifacts, and by locating queer sensibilities in the everyday. Her curatorial practice involves a strong emphasis on fostering community within the digital new media art world and bridging the gap between virtual and physical space. She is currently an MFA candidate in Studio Art at the University of Windsor, curated the recently opened group exhibition home* at R/F Gallery, and will be presenting at Akimbo’s Art Intersections Meetup series, along with Thirza Cuthand, in Toronto on May 16.

1. Deirdre Logue

Deirdre Logue, Beyond the Usual Limits, Part 1, 2005, DV video

I was recently invited to create a new work for the Images Festival that responded to their 2017 Spotlight Artist, Deirdre Logue. I’ve been a fan of Logue’s for years and completing research for my own work for the festival gave me the opportunity to delve into the large span of video work she has created throughout her career. I’m interested in queerness as a sensibility and the presence of queerness in the mundane and everyday. Logue’s performances for the camera and the queer sensibility present in her videos and installations get at a feeling I am often searching for, both in my own practice and the work of others.

2. Failure

Failure has been on my mind a lot as of late. I’ve been reflecting on Halberstam’s ideas linking queerness to failure and the potential that arises when things don’t go as planned within a (hetero)normative context. I’ve also been thinking of failure in terms of my own work, as I just completed my first year in an MFA program and grad school seems to consist of an endless cycle of small successes and failures.

3. Dystopian narratives about anxieties surrounding the future of technology

Part entertainment, part “research”: The Matrix, Sense8, Westworld (HBO series), Black Mirror, The Net, Hackers, Tank Girl, Mad Max, The Fifth Element, Inception, The OA, Ex-Machina, Under the Skin, etc. Basically anything that 1) has some kind of farfetched visualization of technology or the internet, and 2) insidiously muddles the distinction between simulation and reality.

4. Contemporary art on television or in movies

Whether it’s fictional or an actual artist’s work, or some strange reference to an IRL artist, the fictional on-screen art world is an extreme interest/obsession of mine. See: The L Word, Provocations.

5. Canadian art Instagram accounts


Living away from Toronto (or any major Canadian art city) after years of being immersed in the Toronto art scene, it’s easy to feel disconnected from general art world goings-ons. The recent influx of Instagram accounts has been a fun and informative way to keep in touch with Canadian art world happenings. It’s extremely disappointing that the original person behind @canadianartworldhaterz had to leave their post temporarily because of sexual and violent threats, but I believe the art world is more than due for this kind of criticism and has the potential to be made better because of it – even if it takes anonymous memes.
Fav accounts right now: @chememecal_peel and @canadianartcatz



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