CECILIA PAREDES

March 25th – June 10th, 2017

 

Whishes on the Air

THROUGH THE UNFREQUENTED SKY

Through the Unfrequented Sky features an installation titled Wishes on the Air, (see above), a site-specific cloud constructed out of wishes from members of the Frenchtown community. Over a period of three months prior to the opening of the exhibition, visitors deposited their anonymous desires in a massive bowl placed in the ArtYard gallery. Local wishes were then interwoven with wishes collected from a community in Lima, Peru. The piece is not simply an object, but an invitation to embark on a journey from voyeuristic curiosity to a recognition of shared human impulses and the possibility that we are not alone.

Leaf on Sweater. 2016 ↑
Ready-made shirt and leaves
8 x 10 inches (20 x 25 cm)

Shawl. 2016 ↑
Silk cocoons handsewn by the artist
48 x 33 inches (122 x 84 cm)

Lilly, 2009
Photo performance with body paint, Lambda print on aluminum
39 x 39 inches (100 x 100 cm)
Edition 5/7

Corinthians, 2015
Photo performance with body paint. Epson print on acid-free canvas
54.5 x 54.5 inches (138 x 138 cm)
Edition 5/7

Bamboo Path, 2012
Photo performance with body paint, Lambda print on aluminum
21 x 21 inches (53 x 53 cm)
Edition 2/3

Ucayali, 2017 ↑
Rain sticks, electrical motors, wires, sound.  

Dimensions variable

Celestial Questions. 2017 ↑
Prints on Hahnemuhle paper
22 x 32 inches each (56 x 81 cm)
Edition 1/5

Mercury, 2014 ↑
Lambda print on aluminum  

14.5 x 20 inches (51 x 37 cm)
Edition 2/5

The No Return, 2015 ↑
One-of-a-kind pieces hand sculpted in clay, cast, positive in resin, and then gold leafed  

Small: 10-inch diameter  –   Large: 22-inch diameter 

Cecilia Paredes is an internationally recognized artist and Rockefeller Fellow noted for her unique sculptures comprised of objects gleaned  from nature and her exquisitely crafted photo performance images of camouflaged bodies considering themes of origin, displacement and belonging. Paredes typically spends weeks preparing for her intricately painted and staged photo shoots in which she may perform as an animal, mythical being, or a migrant seeking acceptance or anonymity in an unfamiliar clime.

Hermitage, 2017
Epson print on acid-free canvas
35 x 52.5 inches (89 x 133 cm)
Edition 2/7

The Flight, 2016 ↑
Installation with 4 handmade feather dresses 
Dimensions variable

Curated by Magda Gonzalez-Mora

Portrait by Lindsay Voegelin © 2015

Magda is an Independent Curator and advisor based in Toronto. She was a founder of the Wifredo Lam Contemporary Art Center in Havana, Cuba, and a member of the curatorial team for seven editions of the Havana Biennale. A member of the International Association of Contemporary Art Curators (IKT), she is a curator of a permanent collection of contemporary Cuban art at the Art Gallery of Ontario and has curated shows for the Luminato Festival, Scotiabank Nuit Blanche, the Royal Ontario Museum, Arco Fair, Loop Video Art Barcelona, Pulse Miami, the Cuban section for the 1st Johannesburg Biennale, and the 1st Dakar Art Biennale, among others.

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