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Opening Reception

September 9, 2010 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm



YYZ responds to contemporary discourse about the breadth of artist support at artist-run centres by working beyond the crate and offering Hadley + Maxwell a residency this summer.

Currently based in Berlin, HADLEY + MAXWELL have been collaborating since they met in Vancouver, Canada in 1997, working in a variety of media including sculpture, video, installation, and sound. Their work is a reflection on the conditions of collaboration, engaging relations between public and private property, cultural history and memory. They exhibit internationally, with recent solo exhibitions at Kunstverein Gttingen (Germany, 2009); SMART Project Space, Amsterdam (2010); and Samsa, Berlin (2010); and have participated in recent group exhibitions including Invitation to an Infiltration, Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver (2010), Manif d’art (Quebec Biennale, 2010); Kurt, Seattle Art Museum, (2010); and It’s The End Of The World (As We Know It), La Kunsthalle Mulhouse, France, (upcoming). Hadley+Maxwell are represented by Jessica Bradley Art + Projects.

For YYZ, the artists will continue to work within the framework of a larger body of works under the title, Improperties. In this variation, they will focus on elaborating, and complicating, a threshold of figuration: separation. The desire arises from a curiosity about what kind of literal material sensibilities discernment, articulation, and criticality might lend to sculptural installation. The result will be an accumulation of varied objects and artifacts of differing significances that have been separated from themselves in some form and brought together as such.

Image: Improperties, installation view of altered antiques, collage and paint, SMART Project Space, Amsterdam, 2010. Photo: Niels Vis.

Presented in conjunction with Printopolis.

Barbara Balfour’s exhibition is comprised of a varied edition of lithographs shown as a non-linear series. In place of evoking the polarizing terms life’ and death’, these prints are considerations of the more elusive, blurred processes of living and dying. In Living & Dying, the text functions as a script that changes with the inflection of colour.

But at what point does living become dying? From what vantage point can you best detect this? When does this become that?
Excerpt from Balfour’s text entitled A Matter of L and D

A YYZUNLIMITED publication, including an essay by Caroline Seck Langill and a text by Barbara Balfour, will accompany Living & Dying. Dan Alder and Barbara Balfour will have a conversation about the exhibition at YYZ, as part of the Canadian Art Gallery Hop, on September 25, from 1:00 to 1:30pm. Barbara Balfour will also give an artist’s talk at YYZ, on October 22, at 5pm, concurrent with Printopolis, Open Studio’s symposium on printmaking.

BARBARA BALFOUR is a Toronto-based artist who has exhibited prints, multiples, and installations, in addition to undertaking curatorial and professional printing projects. An Associate Professor and Head of the Print Media Area in the Department of Visual Arts at York University, she teaches theory and print-based studio courses. Her current practice, supported by a SSHRC Research/Creation grant, deals with artists’ writing, within and parallel to art production. Other research relates to notions of selfishness, reproducibility, and mortality.

Opening Reception
Thursday, September 9, 2010
8:00 PM – 10:00 PM


September 9, 2010
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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