Any time women come together with a collective intention, it's a powerful thing.
Collective XX consists of artists Myfanwy Ashmore, Elizabeth Fearon, Fiona Smyth, Marie de Sousa and K.D. Thornton. The collective did not start out with the intention of only including female artists but it is something that still, in these days, invites comments. Immediate questions are about the collective's intentionality – is its mandate feminist? Why are there no males involved? Questions that likely wouldn't be asked if the collective consisted only of male artists. The intentionality around the members of the collective consisted of considerations about mutual support, shared ideas and skills. Is there a feminist mandate? Yes. But only in so far as feminism should really be considered humanism – it is about support for men and women of all races, creeds, colours and sexual orientation. Feminism is about being concerned with universal issues that are often experienced or expressed through personal examples. That is the tie that links these artists and their works together.
An excerpt of the text Collective XX: Powerful Things by Virginia Eichhorn, Director & Chief Curator, Tom Thomson Art Gallery
Please join us at Subtle Technologies Festival Opening Party and Exhibition, The Beyond Category.
The Beyond Category muses on surpassing the thresholds that define our mortal existence. What are the criteria for being in a beyond? Imagining the self as medium; its expression travels to the shores of forever…
Featuring artworks by David Khang, Scott Kildall / Nathaniel Stern, John Paul Robinson and Alan Sondheim. Curated by Willy Le Maitre. On view at the Beaver Hall Gallery from Friday, June 7 to Sunday, June 16. 29 McCaul Street, Toronto
Gallery Hours Friday, June 7: 7 - 10 pm (Opening Party) Saturday, June 8: 12 - 7:30 pm Sunday, June 9: 12 - 5 pm Wednesday, June 12 to Sunday, June 16: 12 - 5 pm
Exhibition Hours: 12-6pmArtist Talk: May 11th, 2pm
"New Modes of Image Making" Discussion Panel: May 18th, 2pm
in Photography is an exhibition of collage, video, and sculpture that
explores issues of representation in photography. Drawing from
photographic manuals, instructional books, and videos, Jackson Klie and
Michelle O’Byrne create multimedia appropriations that retain evidence
of their original source materials.
The final works are layered,
eerie, and graphically engaging, and reveal the contingent nature of
photography through the deconstruction and reconstruction of its
original form. At once seductive and
disturbing, Lessons in Photography is an exhibition of enigmatic works
that are revealing examinations of the act of looking.
Curated by Andrea Leigh Pelletier of Laid Bare: Curations and Other Concerns