A Senior Lecturer at the University of Toronto's Scarborough campus, Marla Hlady draws, makes sculpture, works with sites and sounds and sometimes makes video. Hlady’s kinetic sculptures and sound pieces often consist of common objects (such as teapots, cocktail mixers, jars) that are expanded and animated to reveal heretofore unexpected sonic and poetic properties often using a system based approach to composition.
Marla has shown widely in solo and group shows including Manif D’Art 6 (Quebec City’s biennial), Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center (Buffalo, NY) (2012), Oakville Galleries (Toronto) (2011), YYZ Artist’s Outlet (2008), Klink and Bank (Reykjavik, Iceland) (2005), New General Catalog (Brooklyn, New York) (2005), the Art Gallery of Calgary (2003), Apexart Gallery (New York) (2002), Museo di San Domenico (Imola, Italy) (2002), L’Oeil De Poisson (Quebec City) (2002), Neutral Ground (Regina, Saskatchewan) (2002), The Power Plant Gallery (2001), The Nunnery (London, England, 1999). She has mounted site works in such places as the fjords in Norway (FTG of Birds/Fitjar 2012), an apartment window (Berlin, 2008), a tour bus (Artengine/Ottawa, 2009), a grain silo (Electric Eclectic/Meaford, 2011), the Hudson’s Bay department store display window (Interaccess/Toronto, 2006), an empty shell of a building (Genereux Gallery/Toronto, 1994).
Marla is represented by Jessica Bradley Gallery.