BEDLAM AND BALANCE
December 10th, 2016 – March 5th, 2017
EIGHT ARTISTS FROM FOUR CONTINENTS
Asia, Europe, North America, South America
Anila Rubiku is an Albanian-born Italian artist who studied at the Tirana Academy of Arts (1994) and did her postgraduate work in Milan at the Brera Academy (2000). At present she works between Milan, Tirana and Toronto. Rubiku’s work is intimately connected to social and political issues. She creates drawings and sophisticated installations that involve contemporary approaches to traditional crafts such as embroidery. Rubiku is drawn to examining and representing the accretion of emotionally complex layers that comprise our identities as social creatures.
Magdalena Campos-Pons is a Cuban-born artist based in Boston. Campos-Pons works primarily in photography, performance, audiovisual media, and sculpture. She is considered a key figure among Cuban artists who found their voice in a post-revolutionary Cuba. Her art deals with themes of gender and sexuality, multicultural identity (especially Cuban, Chinese, and Nigerian), Cuban culture, and religion/spirituality (in particular, Roman Catholicism and Santeria). She has been invited to the latest edition of Documenta in Kassel, Germany.
Carly Butler is an interdisciplinary artist who lives and works on Vancouver Island, British Columbia. She holds a BFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, and an MA from Sotheby’s Institute/Manchester University. She also attended Central Saint Martins in London, UK where she specialized in video, performance, and installation. Butler was a finalist for the prestigious RBC Canadian Painting Competition in 2014, and in 2015 received the first parent residency grant awarded by the Women’s Studio Workshop in Rosendale, New York. In her work, Butler reinterprets nautical knowledge around navigation and survival to reflect on longing, regret, and nostalgia. Ideas connected to resilience as well as the chronic human need for course correction are strongly present in her practice.
Regina José Galindo
Regina José Galindo was born in Guatemala where she currently resides. Her practice focuses on performance art that explores the universal ethical implications of social injustice in relation to racial discrimination, gender issues and problems associated with power and their impact on society. Galindo has participated in numerous international events such as four editions of the Venice Biennale, the XI International Biennial of Cuenca, the 29th Graphic Arts Biennial of Ljubljana and the Sharjah Biennial among others. She has also been invited to the latest edition of Documenta in Kassel, Germany.
Elsa Mora is a Cuban-born multimedia artist based in New York. She is also the artistic director of ArtYard. Mora is a recipient of the UNESCO-Aschberg Bursaries and her work has been shown internationally at art galleries and museums. Mora’s work reflects on universal issues of identity, connectivity, and survival. Through a variety of media, the artist explores philosophical questions associated with isolation, individualism, and disjointed positions as originators of chaos. Mora is currently working on a solo exhibition for the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art in Eugene, Oregon, which will take place in 2018.
Hoda Zarbaf is a multidisciplinary artist born in Tehran, Iran. She currently lives in Toronto, Canada. Zarbaf uses recycled textiles, pre-owned clothing, old toys and a variety of found objects to make intriguing sculptures and installations that reflect on representations of womanhood. Through her work, she studies female aspects associated with memory, pain, pleasure, sexuality and self-obsession. Her practice is imbued with elements of psychology that explore the conscious and unconscious nature of experience.
Hyang Cho was born in Seoul, Korea and currently lives and works in Guelph, Ontario. Her art practice engages rule-based, repetitive processes that challenge ideas of completeness, efficiency, correctness and rationality by testing them against process, repetition, omission, translation and error. Cho holds a Bachelor of Arts from Sogang University, Seoul, Korea, a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Alberta College of Art + Design, Calgary, and a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Guelph, Onta
Vessna Perunovich is a Toronto-based, internationally acclaimed interdisciplinary artist who works in a variety of media including sculpture, painting, drawing, video, installation, and performance. Born in Serbia, she earned both her Bachelor of Fine Arts and her Master of Fine Arts at the Academy of Fine Arts at the University of Belgrade, Yugoslavia. She immigrated to Canada in 1988. Perunovich has exhibited at International biennials in Cuba, Albania, England, Portugal, Yugoslavia, and Greece as well as across Canada. She has attended residencies in Berlin, New York, Banff, Bursa, and Mileseva. Her work explores the notion of place and its complex and contradicting nature to both entice and alienate.
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 for 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.
Bedlam and Balance draws attention to the struggles of individuals to find their own balance, rebuild after the earth has shifted, or forge a new path through uncertain terrain. Eight female artists examine existential and autobiographical elements, drawing from disparate origins in Albania, Canada, Cuba, Iran, Korea, Guatemala and Serbia. In the wake of a surreal election and in an era when the diasporas of far flung continents are both accessible and remote, Bedlam and Balance offers visions of fear and displacement, refuge and restoration. The drawings, installations, objects, poems, sculptures and videos in this exhibition weave together personal and collective narratives that revisit the past, scavenge the present and suggest shrewd, hopeful and vulnerable approaches to the road ahead. Magda Gonzalez-Mora.
Born in Albania
1. Consequences of love. (10 pieces) 2016
Silk Screen on Arches paper
66 cm x 47 cm
2. Why do fools fall in love? 2015
Watercolor on Arches paper
154 cm x 102 cm
3. Speak low when you speak love. 2015
Charcoal on Arches paper
150 cm x 200 cm
4. Set me free. 2015
Watercolor on Hahnemühle paper
154 cm x 102 cm
Born in Canada
1. Anywhere Else. 2011-2015 (Video projection, ongoing)
W: 6 ‘ x H: 11’ – Projection
2. Certain mistakes are of frequent occurrence. (Anchor), 2016
48 x 22 inches.
3. Calms are usually only of a temporary nature; Depressions, however, do not normally pass in such short times. 2015
Blind letterpress on archival Magnani Revere paper
Edition 2/3 (2 APs)
15 x 22 inches. (diptych)
Born in Cuba
From the series Weightless. 2016
Photography, thread, paper
20 x 20 inches each, including frame.
Born in Korea
1. Hourglass, 2013
6.6 x 3.5 inches
1. Journal, 2016
10 x 15 inches (open)
Born in Cuba
1. Voyeurs and Beholders of… 2008
Composition 1/15 Polaroid
20 x 24 inches each
REGINA JOSE GALINDO↓
Born in Guatemala
1. Stone… 2013
Fine art print on Ultra Smooth paper
130 cm x 87 cm
Born in Iran
1. A Romantic Horror, 2015
Fabric, fiber stuffing, old furniture, mirror, wallpaper, miniature dollhouse furniture, light bulb, human hair, faux fur, digitally printed found image
1. Front Camera/Back Camera, 2016
Video projection on wall
Born is Serbia
1. Infinite Wall, 2016
Nails and elastic on wall
1. From the installation What Remains, 2016
Paper plates, ink
1. Mending Broken China, 2016
Paper plates and ink, glass table
1. From the installation What Remains, 2016