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COLLEGE ART GALLERY 1 PAST EXHIBITIONS

TAMMI CAMPBELL: MONO / CHROMATIC

Sep 30 - Dec 16, 2016
Curated by Leah Taylor 

Tammi Campbell’s series of Monochromes represent common packing materials utilized in the art studio, including cardboard, polyetheline wrap, bubble wrap, tarps, packing and masking tape. The sculptural paintings, comprised entirely of acrylic paint, manipulate the medium through exacting processes developed in her studio. By way of this technique, Campbell has created seemingly impossible replicas of these materials.

Informed by the legacies of minimalism and the monochrome, this exhibition offers a kind of re-evaluation, raising questions and ideas related to the viewing of painting. Historically the monochrome intended to reduce painting to its purest form and colour, inviting a closer examination of the physical elements. Campbell’s consideration of this conceptual framework is evident in both the colour and material in the series. Her meticulous re-creation of packing tape wrinkles and scratches found on the surface of corrugated cardboard require
a close read. These imperceptible, meticulously recorded details reveal not only Campbell’s skill, but her humour in the ideological failings of an exhibition that appears to be installed, yet the work remains packaged, folded and wrapped.

Mono / Chromatic is divided between three gallery spaces, featuring a two-person exhibition of Tammi Campbell and Leah Rosenberg in the lower level College Art Gallery, and a solo exhibition of Leah Rosenberg in the Kenderdine Art Gallery (Agriculture Building). We encourage viewers
to explore
Mono / Chromatic in its entirety.

Leah Taylor, Curator

Accompanying take-away essay by Troy Gronsdahl


WHY CAN'T MINIMAL

May 19 - Aug 12, 2016
curated by John G Hampton

Why Can’t Minimal mines minimalism for its humorous side by pointing to a latent absurdity hiding beneath its cool demeanour. The exhibition rejects the assumption that minimal art requires solely serious, solemn contemplation, and embraces the more intuitive, jovial, and personal pleasures that occur when one has fun with the comically utopian ambitions of unitary forms. Playing with the forms, traditions and incongruities of multiple levels of minimalism, the presented works elude rational comprehension, repositioning conceptual value to make room for the types of recognition made possible through levity, play, humour and sentiment.    

Artists:

John Boyle-Singfield (Montreal), Tammi Campbell (Saskatoon),  Liza Eurich (London, ON), Louise Lawler (New York), John Marriott (Toronto), Jennifer Marman & Daniel Borins (Toronto), Ken Nicol (Toronto), Jon Sasaki (Toronto), and John Wood & Paul Harrison (London, UK)

Exhibition produced and circulated by the Art Museum at the University of Toronto. The circulation of this exhibition is made possible in part by a grant from the Ontario Arts Council’s National and International Touring Program.


(RE)VISIT: INTERPRETING THE COLLECTION

Jan 29 - Apr 29, 2016
co-curators: Kent Archer, Leah Taylor

Kenderdine Art Gallery and College Art Galleries

Opening Reception: Friday, March 18th at 8:00pm. 

Reception will be held in the College Art Gallery, lower level


(re)visit: interpreting the collection creates new dialogues between works by examining their underpinnings within historical movements and contemporary concepts, addressing specific ideologies such as utopias, automatism, figuration, the everyday and suprematism. (re)visit privileges contextual inquiry and invites the viewer to reconsider the works within these ideological frameworks. The inclusion of documentary film, archival documents and a reading room, aims to evoke critical dialogue by highlighting cross-connections and counterpoints found in the collection.

This exhibition also serves as a marker to celebrate the 10 and 25 year anniversaries of the College Art Galleries and Kenderdine Art Gallery respectively. (re)visit: interpreting the collection is divided between both College Art Gallery spaces and the Kenderdine Art Gallery.