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Superviscous: Works in Glass
Friday February 19, 2010 to Friday May 28, 2010
Reception: Thursday, February 18, 5 to 7 p.m., coinciding with the reception for Fabricating Frontiers at OCAD’s Student Gallery.
Curators' Tour: Wednesday, March 3, 6:30 p.m.
Curated by Charles Reeve and York Lethbridge
Onsite [at] OCAD, formerly called the OCAD Professional Gallery, presents Superviscous: Works in Glass.
Haunted by fragility and an uncertain identity (ultra-thick liquid? amorphous solid?), glass rests uneasily at the intersection between art, design and craft. Including works drawn largely from Toronto collections, Superviscous brings together artists exploring this temperamental medium’s unstable nature. Jon Kuhn’s dazzling cubes are compacted universes full of colour and light. Tim Whiten’s subtle cast broom stands quietly in the corner, contrasting with Sandra Rechico’s satisfyingly crunchy shards on the floor. Through these and other works, the show explores the contradictory associations we bring to glass. Its eye-catching beauty is both strength and weakness. Is this inevitable attractiveness just a cheap — or costly — trick?
“The artists here explore the unique properties of glass in works that range from kitsch to conceptual,” explains York Lethbridge, Operations Coordinator at Onsite and Co-curator of the exhibition. “Their works reflect art’s historical use of glass and suggest how its application might continue to evolve as new technologies emerge.”
Superviscous also encourages connections between generations and locations by mingling mid-career and mature artists like Rechico and Whiten with much younger practitioners such as Tyler Clark Burke and Matthew Eskusche, and by including work from a range of cultural contexts throughout eastern Canada and the U.S.
Do Ho Suh, Tyler Clark Burke, Matthew Eskuche, Mark Roeder, Nestor Kruger, Jon Kuhn, Scott Lyall, Sandra Rechico, Colette Whiten and Tim Whiten.
Gallery hours: Wednesday to Friday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, noon to 6 p.m.
About Onsite [at] OCAD
Previously known as the OCAD Professional Gallery, Onsite [at] OCAD was launched in April 2007 with solo exhibits by Rirkrit Tiravanija and Karim Rashid. Onsite [at] OCAD is devoted to facilitating connections between, and the contemplation of, contemporary art and design.
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