Friday, June 10, 2016

At the Seams: Opening Tonight!

Image: Dionne Simpson, H.O.W.S. 3 (House of Warship Series), detail, tinted liquid paper and ink on delineated canvas, 2016

Grimsby Public Art Gallery and Third Space Art Projects presents: 
At the Seams 

Artists: Simone Aziga, Julia Brown, Sonya Clark, Danielle Dean, Erika DeFreitas, Tamara Huxtable, Megan Morgan, Olivia Neal, Dionne Simpson  

Curated by Pamela Edmonds and Sally Frater

June 11 - July 31, 2016
Opening Reception: Friday, June 10, 7:00pm - 9:00 pm

This group exhibition brings together established and emerging artists whose work provides visual exchanges between craft, contemporary art and constructions of identity. Given that both craft and what has commonly been thought of as women’s work are often defined along gendered lines, this exhibition will address and explore the realm of this work away from traditional roles of the “feminine." Employing either materials or methods that have historically been affiliated with craft (including sewing, weaving and embroidery) the artists engage with these forms outside of the ways in which we normally encounter them, creating sites for new frameworks of engagement. Collectively their symbolic and innovative interpretation of materials and materiality act as vehicles for eliciting emotional responses and as objects of aesthetic contemplation. In concert with the notion of the transcendental, through a range of media, including video, fibre arts and installation, the artists’ works explores a variety of issues including the embedding of historical narratives, racial stereotyping and violence, and the globalization of labour and culture. 

Erika DeFreitas' enigmatic stitched works reveal archetypal forms made evident through shrouded bodies; Dionne Simpson’s paintings feature delineated canvasses that are influenced by West African weaving techniques and explore architecture and the social structure of urban spaces; Danielle Dean’s video-based work reveals the contentious intersection of capitalism, consumption, and popular culture; Julia Brown uses video to document issues of labour and vanishing methods of production; Megan Morgan uses textiles as a tool for connecting to familial and national identities; Olivia Neal employs unconventional materials to construct tapestries that act as an archive of personal history; Simone Aziga’s multimedia practice interrogates the intersections of fashion, gender and oppression; Tamara Huxtable uses embroidery as a means of documenting everyday incidents of racialized micro and macroagressions; and Sonya Clark fuses vernacular, readymade objects with materials such as hair to comment on history, violence and cultural traditions.

At the Seams is co-presented by Third Space Art Projects, a Canadian curatorial collective (co-founded by Pamela Edmonds and Sally Frater in 2009). It is a forum for the promotion, presentation and development of multidisciplinary art projects that engage transcultural and diasporic communities, with a particular focus on visual cultures of the Black Atlantic. Past projects have included the exhibition 28 Days held at the Justina M. Barnicke Gallery at the University of Toronto and Georgia Scherman Projects, Mahaber Shaw'ate (Association of 7) by Dawit L. Petros at The Print Studio in Hamilton, as well as co-presented lectures by artist Coco Fusco along with LACAP (Latin American Canadian Art Projects) and Theaster Gates as part of the Prefix Institute for Contemporary Art’s Urban Speakers Series.  Third Space Art Projects gratefully acknowledges the support of the Ontario Arts Council Culturally Diverse Curatorial Projects program.

The Grimsby Public Art Gallery gratefully acknowledges the financial support of the Town of Grimsby and The Ontario Arts Council. This exhibition was generously sponsored by Dr. Joe Paolasini & Stitch.