Opening Reception

LORNA BAUER | WHAT IS NOT BUT COULD BE IF

What Is Not But Could Be If, an exhibition of all-new work by Montreal-based LORNA BAUER, embeds layers of fragmentation, deconstruction and reconstruction in a series of photographs, sculpture and video. Broken glass, rebuilt porcelain, and multiple exposure photographs of mirrors (among other things), produce a textured materiality that Bauer captures, collages and displays in an installation that questions fragility, and abstractly narrates the linearity of time.

LORNA BAUER works primarily in photography, video, and installation. She received a Masters degree from the University of Toronto in 2009 and a Bachelor of Fine Arts (with distinction) from Concordia University in 2005. She has taken part in numerous group exhibitions and has recently presented her work as solo exhibitions at Gallery Les Territoires in Montreal and in the projection access space at the Art Gallery of Mississauga. Bauer lives and works in Montreal.

SARAH JANE GORLITZ & WOJCIECH OLEJNIK | EVERYTHING NEXT TO EACH OTHER

Everything Next to Each Other presents work engaged in an exploration of common space, as the foundational relationship between individuals and their surroundings. The concept of public space often refers to a shared place such as a library or a subway, but it can also refer to a conversation or an encounter with a book or picture. Such spaces can thus be impersonal and overwhelming, as much as they can be subtle and intimate, perhaps even dangerously intimate. It is up to the individual to negotiate their level of engagement, yet how does one establish a relationship with something dynamic, something indefinite? After all, such a space never fully reveals itself; one must consistently reconfigure and revise ones relationship to it.

SARAH JANE GORLITZ & WOJCIECH OLEJNIK‘s collaborative work has been presented in solo exhibitions at Eyelevel Gallery (Halifax), Struts Gallery (Sackville), Neutral Ground (Regina), Optica, Centre DArt Contemporain (Montreal), and Kapitalisitischer Realismus (Berlin), and in recent group exhibitions at The Soap Factory (Minneapolis), 6 Picoles Cycliques (Lyon), Kunstverein INGAN (Berlin), and Truck (Calgary). They have received funding from the Ontario Arts Council and the Canada Arts Council and in 2008 were awarded the Joseph S. Stauffer prize for emerging artists.

Opening Reception
Saturday, April 30, 2010
8:00 PM – 10:00 PM
YYZ

Opening Reception

Left: Emily Wardill, Sea Oak. Right: Sarah Jane Gorlitz & Wojciech Olejnik, YYreZidency.

Co-presented by the Images Festival, YYZ is pleased to present Emily Wardill, and Sarah Jane Gorlitz & Wojciech Olejnik.

EMILY WARDILL | SEA OAK

EMILY WARDILL‘s Sea Oak was developed from a series of interviews conducted with the The Rockridge Institute, a left-orientated think tank located in Berkeley, California. From 2001 until its closure in April 2008, the Institute researched contemporary political rhetoric with special emphasis on the employment of metaphor and framing.

EMILY WARDILL (b.1977) is a London-based British filmmaker. She has exhibited widely in the UK and internationally, including at the ICA, London (2008), Fortescue Avenue/Jonathan Viner, London (2005 and 2006), STANDARD (OSLO) (2008) Grizedale, Lake District, and PS1 Contemporary Art Centre, New York (2004). Her work has been screened at the Art Now Lightbox, Tate Britain; the International Short Film Festival, Oberhausen; Whitechapel Art Gallery, London; Witte de With, Rotterdam, MOCA, Miami and the London Film Festival. She is currently working towards solo shows at de Appel, Amsterdam and The Showroom, London.

SARAH JANE GORLITZ & WOJCIECH OLEJNIK | YYreZidency

YYZ, which turned thirty this year, responds to contemporary discourse about the breadth of artist support at artist-run centres by working beyond the crate and offering SARAH JANE GORLITZ & WOJCIECH OLEJNIK a six-week residency this spring.

In their collaborative videos, Gorlitz and Olejnik present fictional, fabricated environments, with the help of models, sets and stop-motion animation. These invented spaces are constructed intuitively with materials at hand, and refer to generic and familiar, yet emptied social spaces. These videos present a reality that is never stable but in the process of becoming: like a book, where with every turning page the interworking of the whole is re-framed and restructured. In this way, reality can be discussed as something reworked, as something incomplete, and as something with active potentiality.

SARAH JANE GORLITZ & WOJCIECH OLEJNIK‘s collaborative work has been presented in solo exhibitions at Eyelevel Gallery (Halifax), Struts Gallery (Sackville), Neutral Ground (Regina), Optica, Centre D’Art Contemporain (Montreal), and Kapitalisitischer Realismus (Berlin), and in recent group exhibitions at The Soap Factory (Minneapolis), 6 Picoles Cycliques (Lyon), Kunstverein INGAN (Berlin), and Truck (Calgary). They have received funding from the Ontario Arts Council and the Canada Arts Council and in 2008 were awarded the Joseph S. Stauffer prize for emerging artists.

The artists gratefully acknowledge the support of the Ontario Arts Council.

Opening Reception
Saturday, April 3, 2010
2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
YYZ