A hearty congratulations is extended to Public Studio‘s Elle Flanders and Tamira Sawatzky for being honoured with the 2013 Artist Prize at last night’s Toronto Friends of the Visual Arts Award ceremony. With such outstanding production in film, photography, and installation-based practices, Public Studio is an excellent and worthy choice!
The in–gallery conversation on March 17 with Public Studio (Elle Flanders & Tamira Sawatzky) and Emelie Chhangur, Assistant Director and Curator of the Art Gallery of York University, was documented and is now available online. Watch the conversation above, and be sure to catch Public Studio’s solo exhibition Road Shots before it closes on April 21st.
Kaleem Aftab’s article on thenational.ae, posted today about the feature of the Middle East in many of the films premiering and exhibitions opening in Toronto during the TIFF festival, mentions OBC artists Elle Flanders and Tamira Sawatzky (Public Studio)‘s film installation Road Movie, exhibited at O’Born Contemporary @ 51 Wolseley. We are pleased to present this stunning film work from September 8 – September 18 at 51 Wolseley Street; please join us for an opening reception this Saturday, September 10 from 6 – 9 p.m. Find more information here.
O’Born Contemporary is pleased and excited to welcome six new artists to the gallery:
Jill Greenberg, Los Angeles, CA
Public Studio: Elle Flanders & Tamira Sawatzky, Toronto, ON
Caitlin Rueter, New York, NY
Abby McGuane, Toronto, ON
Mark Peckmezian, Toronto, ON
Jill Greenberg‘s photographic works are so visually compelling that one might almost overlook the underscoring statements about the culture and commerce of beauty. Her aesthetic and political brilliance fuse into an unapologetic boldness that defines her practice. Well known for End Times, controversial images of crying toddlers, Greenberg’s dauntless approach immediately drew us to her work. OBC looks forward to hosting Greenberg’s Glass Ceiling next May as part of Contact 2012.
Public Studio‘s Elle Flanders and Tamira Sawatzky explore the politics of geography with their photographic and video works. In What Isn’t There, the viewer is presented with pastoral landscapes; only through further investigation does one discover that these places are in fact the sites of Palestinian villages, leveled during the creation of the state of Israel. Flanders and Sawatzky’s thought-provoking and unapologetically political video and photo work will be exhibited at OBC in March 2012.
Unabashedly feminist, Caitlin Rueter often turns the camera on herself as stand-in for the universal woman. Canadian-born, Rueter considers the culture of womanhood in American history along with it’s Poise, Power and Protocol, also the title of a recent series of first-lady re-enactments. Rueter’s work is imbued with the elegance and restraint one might expect from a female artist but the preeminent conversation of gender politics is clear. OBC is excited to present Rueter’s debut Canadian exhibition, How To Be in the summer of 2012.
O’Born Contemporary reaffirms its dedication to emergent artists by introducing two young artists, Abby McGuane (2010 OCAD graduate) and Mark Peckmezian (2010 Ryerson graduate). Both artists are interested in the materiality of their respective mediums: McGuane’s appropriated objects and assemblages are rich in texture and subtle in appearance. The tendency might be to consider the work as purely aesthetic if her preoccupation with materiality did not create a built-in conceptual manifesto. Peckmezian’s treatment of analog fiber prints would border on abuse if the result were not so undeniably elegant. His work is at once, a thoughtful reference to the history of photography and a study of contemporary youth culture. McGuane and Peckmezian shall exhibit together at OBC in the summer of 2012.
The artists that represent O’Born Contemporary are photographers, journalists, documentarians, painters, sculptors, builders and thinkers; they do not necessarily commit themselves to a single mode of expression but all contribute to the ongoing dialogue of photography’s place in contemporary art practices. OBC artists and by extension the gallery is particularly interested in works of art, which engage the viewer with today’s culture, politics and contemporary art history.
O’Born Contemporary is committed to passionate representation of our Gallery Artists and enthusiastic promotion of all works displayed in our gallery. We shall continue to build our success on experience, education, and intuition in business and the arts.