Almost Everything: Recent Graduates in Visual Studies

David Court, Extract (from Demo, Demonstration), 2013, 11” x 14”, inkjet on paper in protective sleeve. Image courtesy of the artist.
  • Exhibition
Thursday, January 16, 2014 - 7:00pm to Friday, February 14, 2014 - 5:00pm

Eric Arthur Gallery, 230 College Street
Opening reception: Thursday, January 16 | 7:00 - 9:00pm

The John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design is pleased to present:

ALMOST EVERYTHING
With works by: Lorna Bauer, Nicole Collins, David Court, Deborah Kirk, Josh Thorpe, and Blake Williams
Curated by: Julia Abraham

Almost Everything presents six alumni of the Master of Visual Studies program at the University of Toronto. Basing its title on the notion of measure, the exhibition problematises quantifiable arrangements through repetition, layering, and circulation of materials, moments, and potentials. The exhibition presents the concept of accumulation by means of spatial absorption, repeated re-contextualization, limitless gesture, compiled material, and masses of imagined volume.

The running dog perpetually covers ground in Lorna Bauer’s Always Running Forever; the almost monochromatic paintings of Nicole Collins leak light in-between masses of wax, while her audio work represents black as a compacted, layered, and embracing sound; David Court’s green screen – that is not quite – opens a window onto an arena of potential, while his text outlines context for the perpetual arrivals and departures of artworks in an exhibition; multiple casted objects are shown in their absence in Deborah Kirk’s (A) Work in Progress; Josh Thorpe’s thread presents a linear composition of space while a luminous boat floats in the wake of layered light; Blake Williams’ shapeshifting platform curves into perpetually mutating dimension.

The exhibition does not necessarily function as a representation of the graduates of the program, but rather it demonstrates just one line of affinity running through these divergent practices.

Julia Abraham is a curator, writer, and artist from Toronto. She is currently the Curatorial Assistant and Collections Manager at the Blackwood Gallery. Recent work includes curatorial projects at the Justina M. Barnicke Gallery (Toronto), the Freie Kunstakademie (Stuttgart), the Barber Institute of Fine Arts (Birmingham, UK), and Gallery 44 (Sydney, Australia). Forthcoming writing will be featured in the Munich based Allgemeines Künstlerlexikon on the work of Gordon Lebredt and Suzy Lake, respectively. Julia has attended the College of Fine Arts at the University of New South Wales (Australia), and she holds a Master of Philosophy from the University of Birmingham (UK), and a Master of Visual Studies in Curatorial Practice from the University of Toronto.

Exhibition Dates: January 16 – February 14, 2014
Opening Reception: January 16, 7 – 9pm

Gallery Hours: Monday to Friday 9am – 5pm