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New exhibitions! Visiting artist Lauren Schaffer; IOTA Bio Art Series; Erin Chapman; Jacinte Armstrong

May 28 – June 1, 2019Opening reception: Monday, May 27, 5:30 – 7PM
Anna Leonowens Gallery, 1891 Granville Street

 

Jennifer Willet and Nina Sellars
IOTA Bio Art Series — Gallery 2A

Jennifer Willet exhibits a custom garment, Untitled: Travelling Laboratory Coat, that has accrued layers of meaning and microbes as it moves through representation, performance, space, and time. Get curious about the futility of attempting to control microscopic life forms as they travel through our bodies and environments.

Nina Sellars challenges our normative frames of reference as it relates to anatomy with Sentinels. This Bio Art installation is designed to question the cultural and scientific implications of the relative absence of fat in the history of anatomy and the significance for contemporary debates about the human, the non-human, and the posthuman.

See iotainstitute.com for more information about the IOTA Bio Art SeriesAnd 5, 6, 7, 8 — Erin Chapman
undergraduate exhibitior — Gallery 2B

Through printmaking and installation, Chapman explores Obsessive Compulsive Disorder by expressing her repetitive thoughts through her memories growing up competitively dancing. OCD causes Chapman to count continuously. She represents this by creating bright, coloured patterns and moving kinetic screen prints.Paper Dance Constructions — Jacinte Armstrong
graduate exhibitior— Gallery 3

Armstrong combines movement and kinaesthetic sculpture in this durational performance. The artist approaches movement as a way of thinking and invites audience members to share in the process of making it visible. Together they manipulate a large paper assembly, activating their senses of touch, movement, hearing, and vision.Continuing exhibition: May 21 – June 1, 2019

Dirty sweep — Lauren Schaffer
visiting artist — Gallery 1

“Less than twelves paces from Toronto artist Lauren Schaffer’s kitchen door lies the entrance to her studio backing onto an alleyway at the end of the yard. The two portals bookend this brief passage through the outdoors with its microbes and leaf mold, its insects and animal life-stations of the day and seasons. One of the doors marks the threshold to the familial and domestic routine while the other opens onto the discipline and solitude of artistic practice. Over the past several years, Schaffer’s traversal along this circuit with its infra-think natural barrier has provided much fodder for her work in digital videos and sculpture through which she has consistently engaged in entomological and domestic themes.” – Jennifer McMackon

Lauren Schaffer is a multidisciplinary artist living in Toronto. Inspired by the limits of perception and research around the intersection of human and animal behaviour, her work encompases sculpture, installation, audio and video. She has received her undergraduate degree from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design and her Master of Fine Arts degree from Concordia University. Her work has been exhibited across Canada and been featured in Canadian Art, C Magazine and Espace Magazine.