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PAST EXHIBITIONS



bill burns- dogs, boats and airplanes image - two dogs at window

bill burns- dogs, boats and airplanes

Thursday April 12 - Saturday May 19, 2012. Opening Thursday April 12

Michael Davidson is a painter living and working in Toronto. He graduated from the semi-infamous University of Guelph's Visual Arts program with a BFA in 1988 under the tutelage of Tony Scherman and Suzy Lake. His Curriculum Vitae is linked here. In the last twenty years of exhibiting, his painting work has become more increasingly concerned with the trajectory of late modernism and painting as a pure medium in the sense that we discuss such things in the work of Robert Ryman or, say, Barnett Newman. They are paintings outside of fashions in the world of contemporary art, which is to say - they exist to be judged only in the light of their own internal logic and not be considered 'abstract'.  They are indeed strongly representational – though not in the usual sense of the word.

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bill burns- dogs, boats and airplanes image - two dogs at window

bill burns- dogs, boats and airplanes

February 4 - March 3, 2012. Opening Saturday February 4, 2012.

Bill Burns is an artist and writer living in Toronto. His work about animals and civil society has been shown in solo projects Institute of Contemporary Arts, London (2008), Cristina Enea Foundation, San Sebastian, Spain (2010) and the KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin (2007) and the Wellcome Trust, London (2002) as well as in major thematic shows at the Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul (2002); the Kunsthallen Nikolaj, Copenhagen (2010) and the Museum of Modern Art, New York (2006).

His books and essays include When Pain Strikes, an anthology about pain and its relief, (University of Minnesota Press,, 1999); Bird Radio, (KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin, Germany, 2007); The Guide to the Flora and Fauna Information Station, (ICA, London, England, 2008); Three Books and an Audio CD About Plants and Animals and War ; Dogs and Boats and Airplanes told in the form of Ivan the Terrible, (Space Poetry, Copenhagen, Denmark, 2011). His books and editions are included in collections around the world including the MoMA, New York, Tate Britain, London and Cabinet de estampes, Geneva.His books, multiples and photographs are included in several collections including the Tate Britain (London), the Victoria & Albert Museum (London), the Museum of Modern Art (New York), The Art Institute of Chicago (IL) and the Getty Center (Los Angeles, CA).


pacific standard time - civil twilight


In response to the exhibition series
PACIFIC STANDARD TIME
WE ARE PLEASED TO ANNOUCEpacific standard time - civil twilight - title

of the three official definitions of 'twilight' (civil twilight, nautical twilight and astronomical twilight), the former is defined as;  "when the sun is 6 degrees below the horizon. This is the limit at which twilight illumination is sufficient, under good weather conditions, for terrestrial objects to be clearly distinguished; at the beginning of morning civil twilight, or end of evening civil twilight, the horizon is clearly defined and the brightest stars are visible under good atmospheric conditions in the absence of moonlight or other illumination. In the morning before the beginning of civil twilight and in the evening after the end of civil twilight, artificial illumination is normally required to carry on ordinary outdoor activities.

In response to the exhibition series PACIFIC STANDARD TIME ( an attempt to milk further interest out of the tiresomely overexposed 'early Los Angeles art scene'). We are offering as an antidote to this – exciting NEW work by gallery artists that offer a new paradigm - a new way forward for Southern California art .


INVITE or REJECT

We are pleased to present works by Adrian Duncan, Benjamin Gaulon, Adam Gibney, Tony Kenny, Matthew Nevin, Katherine Nolan and Ciara Scanlan

MART’s ‘Invite or Reject’ refers to the duality of understanding and miscommunication that exists within Irish Emigration. It was common for the Irish to be rejected and treated as second-class citizens for the early part of 19th century. This Irish diaspora flocked to America for a better life away from famine, war and hardship, to help build a better America for today. In spite of over 37 million Irish Americans living today, the current political and social climate in America and Ireland, leaves it difficult to gain a working visa, leaving America more of a holiday destination for the Irish in stark contrast to its history.

Opening @6pm on August 4th, 2011

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BALE CREEK ALLEN

We are pleased to present works by Bale Creek Allen. These are currently on display along with a broad overview of photography by Jo Spence & Terry Dennett from Documenta XII, Matthew Betcher and two works by Alan Storey. Please see our 'artists' page (at top) for more works on display currently.


LANDSCAPE/CONTROL
an exploration of the meaning of the landscape photograph

A survey exhibition exploring the origins and meaning of the landscape photograph featuring works from the 19th century through today. The exhibition will trace the use of representations of landscape through diverse cultural aspects, from romantic through technical. For the most part, expressive ideation of landscape has changed little since pastoral renderings in paint of two centuries ago. New paradigms of landscape have appeared through the progress of new photographic technologies and new demands placed on it by science and culture. One of it's major revolutions occurred in the 1960s and early 1970s at the hands of practitioners of 'Land Art' - a move which, arguably, more radically challenged popular ideas about the representation of landscape than before. It could easily be argued that scientific / technical uses were at this point absorbed into 'cultural channels'.

 


HAPAX LEGOMENA

a selection of works by


JEFFERSON HAYMAN
JO SPENCE & TERRY DENNETT
FRANCIS POOLE
MATTHEW BETCHER

Anniversary survey exhibition. On display during Photo LA, Art Los Angeles Contemporary and the Los Angeles Art Show. Conveniently located near the Art Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibition in Hollywood.


Jo Spence and Terry Dennett: INDUSTRIALISATION (industrialization) - silver gelatin print

JO SPENCE & TERRY DENNETT: INDUSTRIALISATION      

THE ORIGINAL WORKS AVAILABLE FOR VIEWING THE FIRST TIME SINCE DOCUMENTA 12 AND THE FIRST TIME EVER IN NORTH AMERICA.

The infamous series by Jo Spence and Terry Dennett 'Industrialisation'. You may recognize the work from books or from exhibitions in England and generally around Europe in the early 1980s.. This will be the first time the work will be shown in North America - and the only place possible to see it outside of the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.

Remodelling Photo History (1982) makes daily, institutionalized and normalized practices and codes seem strange. The cooperation between Jo Spence and Terry Dennett questions both historical and contemporary genres of photography and the depiction of the female body. The photo series is structured into visual chapters such as Industrialization, Colonization, Regulation, Victimization, Realization and Revisualization, exposing photographic genres and the ways in which they are utilized.

 

 

 

 

 

FOR MORE ABOUT THIS WORK, CLICK THE IMAGE TO THE LEFT.


alan storey - drawing machines - sample drawing for exhibition alan storey - drawing machines
Until Nov.7, 2009.

"Part of the philosophy in my approach is that a work of art in the public realm should intrigue and engage a passerby into an exploratory investigation of the content and its relationship to the surrounding site."     - Alan Storey

Pictured at left: Near life-size detail from "Handle with Care" drawing machine. See inside for more details.

Please also see our new page for editions available from this artist (click here)

 

 

 

FOR MORE ABOUT THIS EXHIBITION , CLICK THE IMAGE TO THE LEFT.


adams rib posthuman exhibition
             
July 31 - Sepember 13, 2009
             

POSTHUMAN: The Representation of the Human
Body in the Age of Self-Consumption.

An exhibtion of painting and photography that addresses the representation of the human body in an age of hyperconsumption and reabsorption / recycling of images, of material goods... of 'culture'. And examination of the visual role of the human body in a culture being consumed by itself.

Sidenote: All works in this exhibition portray the human body at life size or larger. Please bookmark this page and watch our updates to see more images.

FOR MORE ABOUT OUR FUTURE EXHIBITION, CLICK THE IMAGE TO THE LEFT.


jefferson hayman - 10,000 nautical miles Melancholia Exhibit - Jefferson Hayman - Kerik Kouklis - Simon Larbalestier - Victor Milin  May 22 - July 28, 2009
             

"The past itself, as historical change continues to accelerate, has become the most surreal of subjects—making it possible... to see a new beauty in what is vanishing." - Susan Sontag

Domenico Foschi
Jefferson Hayman
Kerik Kouklis
Simon Larbalestier
Victor Milin

 

FOR MORE ABOUT OUR CURRENT EXHIBITION, CLICK THE IMAGE TO THE LEFT.



Matthew Betcher

Photographs of the semiotic faultline formed by the uneasy confluence of urban planning and mass advertising media. It is only when the semantic fabric of advertising is caught with it's collective 'pants down' and the advertisement is missing when McLuhan's dictum The Medium is the Message can truly be tested and explored. Betcher's photographs capture the gargantuan scale of these sentinels in stark contrast to the inky Los Angeles evening with an ironic and philosophical sensitivity that makes the effect possible...

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francis poole - vacuum tubes

Francis Poole:

This study of the typology of the vacuum tube, much as the studies of Bernd and Hilla Becher accomplish, illustrate in the most controlled fashion possible, variables of design and delicate cities that might never otherwise have been noticed. It is only through the rigor of near-scientific controls and the 'disrobing' of aspects of presentation which might otherwise color our experience of such objects. They appear to take on a life of their own.


 




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