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Louis Andison: Relay

Louis Andison: Relay
UT-Scarborough, Doris McCarthy Gallery
Time: Sep 2nd, 9:00 am End: Nov 8th, 5:00 pm
Interest Categories: Women/Gender, Visual Studies (UTM), Critical Theory, Communications, Communication, Culture, Information and Technology (UTM), Book History/Print Culture, Arts, Culture and Media (UTSC), Art (FAS), Architecture, Landscape, Design, 2000-
A 15-year retrospective exhibition of art by Canadian artist Louis Andison

The Jackman Humanities Institute Program for the Arts on Humour, Play, and Games is pleased to present:

Lois Andison: Relay

September 2, 2014--November 8, 2014: Doris McCarthy Gallery, University of Toronto Scarborough

September 11, 2014--November 1, 2014: University of Waterloo Art Gallery

October 21, 2015--January 18, 2015: Rodman Hall Art Centre, Brock University

Relay is a fifteen-year, survey exhibition of art works by celebrated Canadian artist, Lois Andison. New works will also be created for the exhibition. Co- presented by the Doris McCarthy Gallery, Rodman Hall Art Centre/ Brock University and University of Waterloo Art Gallery, the exhibition will be presented concurrently at all of the art galleries in the fall of 2014.

Andison’s work compresses time and space, examines vulnerabilities, strengths and humour implicated in human communication. She engages kinetics, language, humour, and wordplay as a strategy that toys with power dynamics within relationships. Often, play affords the opportunity to gain distance from a stressful situation, offer an alternate lens, and transform perception.

Relay is anchored around three conceptual / thematic positions and their corresponding locations. The work at the Doris McCarthy Gallery addresses notions of temporality and the persistence of language, focusing on mostly mundane moments that connect and anchor the human experience. The University of Waterloo Art Gallery has what could be alled afterworks -- each piece responds to the work of a male modernist artist (Picasso, Man Ray, and Duchamp, along with Bruce Nauman). The works presented at Rodman Hall address the physical body in terms of posturing and gravity, exploring body language and gesture as a potent form of communication.

Publication:  The exhibition will be accompanied by a catalogue, featuring texts by Canadian curators Ihor Holubizky, Ann MacDonald, and Jonathan Shaughnessy, to be published in the spring of 2015. The book will have a srong typographic presence, consistent with the artist's interest in language and wordplay.

About the artist:  Louis Andison is a Canadian-born sculpture and installation artist who lives and works in Toronto, Ontario. Her art practice ranges from kinetic sculture, in which she uses movement to initiate an experience / exchange between the viewer and the work, to video and photography that documents and interprets both time and motion. Andison's sculptural works address the mediated body and the performative, often involving an element of humour. More recently, her conceptual interests -- in language as a medium, and kinetic type as movement -- have led to the incorporation of text into her sculptures.

Andison has exhibited nationally and internationally, in such cities as Mexico City, Boston, New York, Montréal, Lethbridge, and Buffalo. Her work can be found in both private and corporate collections including the National Gallery of Canada, Bank of Montreal, and Donovan Collection. Andison is currently an Associate Professor in the Fine Arts Department of the University of Waterloo.  She is represented by Olga Korper Gallery, Toronto, and Art Mûr, Montréal.

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Information: Doris McCarthy Gallery, University of Toronto Scarborough


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