Current Exhibitions

A Performed response to ‘You Can Never Go Home Again’ | Shelby Wright & Katie Lyle

7pm, Friday 5 May 2017, free

Shelby Wright & Katie Lyle (TO) will be presenting their Critical Distance performance in response to Matthew Gardiner’s painting exhibition, ‘You Can Never Go Home Again’.

Gardiner’s paintings involve ambiguous interiors and exteriors that point towards the complex processes invovled in contemproary experiences of place, time, and space.

Given Gardiner’s themes, an embodied response seemed to be an exciting means of reflection.

Katie Lyle and Shelby Wright make movement based work combining their artistic backgrounds in dance, film and visual art. Together their collaborative practice focuses on the development of a shared language of movements and phrases. This system acts as a generative source for creation, problem solving and sharing of experience with each other and an audience.

Critical Distance is a program of aceartinc.’s that invovles commissioning artists and writers to respond to exhibits in our Regular Program. The essays are usually in the form of a text. aceart.org/category/critical-distance-essays

Info about the artists:

Katie Lyle works in painting, drawing and performance. Her work uses layering and the residual accumulation of paint to portray the unfixed nature of portraiture and narratives. Selected projects include: The Loon, Toronto (March 2017); G Gallery with Bridget Moser, Toronto; Evans Contemporary, Peterborough; Forest City Gallery with Shelby Wright, London ON (all 2016); Erin Stump Projects, Toronto; Model Project Space, Vancouver; Garden Gallery with Shelby Wright, Toronto; and The Nanaimo Art Gallery (all 2015). Lyle received her MFA from the University of Victoria (2009) and her BFA from Concordia University (2005). She has taught Painting and Drawing at the University of Toronto and the University of Victoria.

Shelby Wright is a dancer and choreographer based in Toronto. Wright’s work explores themes of memory, archive and transference through the body. She has received training from Canada’s National Ballet School, Ecole de danse contemporaine de Montréal, the Limón Institute of New York, and holds a BA from the University of Toronto in Cinema Studies and History. She has presented her choreography in Montréal and Toronto, and has performed professionally in these two cities as well as New York. Wright is certified as Associate Teacher of the Vaganova syllabus from the Society of Russian Ballet.

Born in Montreal, Matthew Gardiner obtained his Bachelor of Fine Art from the University of Manitoba in 2008. Since obtaining his Master’s of Fine Art degree from York University in 2012 Matthew has lived in Montreal QC, Winnipeg MB, Victoria BC and Toronto ON while continuing his studio practice. He is the recipient of provincial and federal grants and art awards. Matthew has recently attended a self-directed studio residency. His paintings have been showcased in publications and included in exhibitions across Canada and the United States. He currently lives and works in Toronto, Ontario.

Matthew Gardiner | You Can Never Go Home Again

13 April – 19 May 2017

Thursday 13 April launch and talk

You Can Never Go Home Again is a series of paintings focused on modern society’s interaction and relationship with the natural world; scenarios that explore concepts of interior and exterior spaces; the artificial and the natural; truth and fiction and how they cohabit the same space. The subjects are a combination of found photographic material and the artist’s own imagination. The process of collaging appropriated photographic material emphasizes the themes of illusion inherent in representational painting; illusions that are both manufactured and broken at the same time. This ongoing series was started in the fall of 2013 in Victoria. B.C. and continued throughout several cities in Canada. You Can Never Go Home Again evokes the artist’s own nomadic experiences and refers to modern society’s inability or unwillingness to return to the natural world.

 

Bio/

Born in Montreal, Matthew Gardiner obtained his Bachelor of Fine Art from the University of Manitoba in 2008. Since obtaining his Master’s of Fine Art degree from York University in 2012 Matthew has lived in Montreal QC, Winnipeg MB, Victoria BC and Toronto ON while continuing his studio practice. He is the recipient of provincial and federal grants and art awards. Matthew has recently attended a self-directed studio residency. His paintings have been showcased in publications and included in exhibitions across Canada and the United States. He currently lives and works in Toronto, Ontario.

 

You Can Never Go Home Again          Matthew Gardiner                                                19 h, le jeudi 13 avril 2017, vernissage et causerie

Jusqu’au 19 mai

You Can Never Go Home Again est une série de peintures qui mise sur l’interaction de la société contemporaine et sa relation avec le monde naturel; des scénarios qui explorent les concepts de l’espace intérieur et extérieur; ce qui est artificiel et naturel; la vérité et la fiction et comment elles cohabitent dans le même espace. Les sujets sont une combinaison de matériel photographique trouvé par hasard et l’imagination de l’artiste. Le processus de collage du matériel photographique approprié met l’emphase sur les thèmes de l’illusion inhérent dans la peinture figurative; des illusions qui sont manufacturées et brisées en même temps. Cette série en cours a débuté à l’automne de 2013 à Victoria en Colombie-Britannique et a fait le tour de plusieurs villes au Canada. You Can Never Go Home Again évoque les expériences nomadiques de l’artiste et fait allusion à l’incapacité ou à la réticence de la société moderne de faire un retour à la nature.  

Translation/traduction : Simone Hébert Allard

Image: Lakeside-Ritual-BC by Matthew Gardiner. Acrylic on wood panel, 20″ x 30″. 2013.