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Past Exhibition

Showroom

January 21- March 5, 2016
Justina M. Barnicke Gallery and University of Toronto Art Centre

Curated by Sarah Robayo Sheridan.

Works by Abbas Akhavan, Nadia Belerique, Jeff Bierk, Adrian Blackwell, Bill Burns, James Carl, Miles Collyer, Georgia Dickie, Ryan Ferko, Eric Glavin, Maggie Groat, Jesse Harris, Oliver Husain, Lili Huston-Herterich, Kelly Jazvac, Will Kwan, Life of a Craphead, Jimmy Limit, Corwyn Lund, Annie MacDonell, Vanessa Maltese, Kelly Mark, John Massey, Niall McClelland, Olia Mishchenko, Nick Ostoff, Roula Partheniou, Sandy Plotnikoff, Jade Rude, Jon Sasaki, Liana Schmidt, Jennifer Rose Sciarrino, Derek Sullivan, Margaux Williamson, Laurel Woodcock, VSVSVS.

Skyline written in bright blue neon
Image Credit:  Laurel Woodcock, Skyline, 2013, blue neon. Courtesy of the artist and MKG127.

Showroom is an exhibition that considers how artists have responded to the ubiquity of lifestyle marketing as a determining feature of the cityscape. A showroom is an aspirational space, not quite plausible except as image, devoid of the texture and details necessary to render a full life, but delivering something life-like. Where real estate sales rhetoric has appropriated the artist as a benign element in the landscape, Showroom reverses the figure/ground relationship in order to identify particular nodes of production amongst artists working here. This exhibition and related public programs sustain our engagement with developing Toronto art histories. Showroom constitutes the largest survey of Toronto artists within the combined history of the Justina M. Barnicke Gallery and University of Toronto Art Centre.

Public Programs

Performance Series Curated by Life of a Craphead
Saturday, February 6, 2016, 2pm
Camille Turner, Marlo Yarlo, Sebastian Butt & Charlie Murray

Saturday, March 5, 2016, 2pm
Zoe Solomon, Liz Peterson, Randy Gagne

Curatorial Tour
Thursday, February 11, 2016 at 6pm
Tour will start at the University of Toronto Art Centre

Art and Artists in Toronto
Panel discussion featuring Barbara Fischer, Luis Jacob and Sarah Robayo Sheridan
Moderated by Kathleen Pirrie-Adams

Wednesday, February 24, 2016 at 6pm
University of Toronto Art Centre

More info here.

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Installation Views

Photos by Toni Hafkenscheid.

Installation view of Rocks, Stones, and Dust
Installation view of Rocks, Stones, and Dust
Installation view of Rocks, Stones, and Dust
Installation view of Rocks, Stones, and Dust