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TORONTO, June 22, 2006The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery at Harbourfront Centre showcases the first comprehensive presentations in Canada of Canadian-born female artists ANGELA BULLOCH and ANNIE POOTOOGOOK. The exhibitions run from June 24 to September 4, 2006. A public opening reception and Summer Party will be held at The Power Plant, Harbourfront Centre, 231 Queens Quay West, on Friday, June 23, from 7 to 11 pm. Admission to the reception is free and open to the public, as part of ALL SUMMER, ALL FREE.

Engaging and accessible to wide audiences over the summer, the two solo exhibitions consider contemporary life from two vastly different perspectives, drawing on popular culture, music, TV, film, and art history. As Canada’s leading contemporary art gallery, these exhibitions support The Power Plant’s vision to promote Canadian art internationally, while profiling new developments in contemporary art.

This exhibition marks the first comprehensive presentation of Angela Bulloch’s work in Canada, and will include a number of her light-based sculptural installations. At the forefront of contemporary art practice in Europe, Bulloch was nominated for the Turner Prize in 1997, and was recently awarded the People's Prize in the Berlin National Gallery's Prize for Young Art. The Power Plant is also pleased to present Annie Pootoogook’s first solo exhibition in a Canadian public gallery. Her exhibition will feature 42 meticulously detailed drawings that challenge conventional assumptions made of 'Inuit' art. Recently nominated for the prestigious Sobey Art Award and awarded a 2006 Glenfiddich Artist Residency in Scotland, Pootoogook’s work reflects her experiences as a female artist living and working in contemporary Canada.

Born in Rainy River, Canada in 1966, Angela Bulloch graduated in Fine Art from the prestigious Goldsmiths College, London in 1988. Her practice came to prominence in the 1990s with interactive sculptural work that included lamps that dimmed or brightened in the presence of a viewer, and “drawing machines” that were triggered by a viewer’s touch, sound, or movement. Since 2000, she has been creating increasingly ambitious installations based on the “pixel box,” a highly innovative sculptural unit that combines a minimalist cube with a programmable light system capable of illuminating almost seventeen million colour permutations. Arranged in stacks, rows, or cinemascope screens, the boxes produce a sequence of changing colours and rhythms, creating space-altering environments that are captivatingly beautiful, while conceptually rigorous referring to art history, film, music, TV, and popular culture.

Like her grandmother Pitseolak before her, Annie Pootoogook is an instinctive chronicler of her times, filling her domestic interiors with details such as clocks and calendars, as well as graduation photos. Among depictions of modern outpost camp life and scenes peopled by local Cape Dorset personalities, Annie's graphics are peppered with images of ATM cash machines, Playboy-style eroticism, the social services office, spousal abuse and the Iraqi war on television.

An excerpt from the upcoming half hour television documentary Annie Pootoogook, by Marcia Connolly and Katherine Knight, accompanies the exhibition. On view throughout the exhibition, this video portrait takes the viewer to Cape Dorset for a close look at Pootoogook’s art practice within her home community and documents the artist’s daily life on Baffin Island. Produced in association with Bravo! Canada: A Division of CHUM Limited; with the participation of the Canadian Independent Film & Video Fund; the Ontario Arts Council; Aboriginal Peoples Network and The Power Plant.

In keeping with The Power Plant’s commitment to significant documentation and interpretation of contemporary art, both exhibitions are accompanied by full-colour catalogues. Annie Pootoogook is available for the Summer Special of $15, including taxes ($18 plus taxes, retail price).

The Angela Bulloch monograph Prime Numbers is the result of collaboration between The Power Plant and Secession, Vienna, Austria; the De Pont Foundation, Tilburg, the Netherlands’ and Modern Art Oxford, UK, following a series of solo exhibitions of her work at these institutions presented between autumn 2005 and summer 2006. Prime Numbers is available for the Summer Special of $25, including taxes ($45 plus taxes, retail price). Bulloch will be present at a book signing on Sunday 25 June, 1pm.

The Angela Bulloch exhibition was initiated by former Curator Reid Shier, and organized by Assistant Curator Pamela Meredith. The Annie Pootoogook exhibition was curated by Nancy Campbell. The Power Plant gratefully acknowledges the generous support of Gluskin Sheff Associates Inc., and would like to extend special thanks to Feheley Fine Arts, for the Annie Pootoogook exhibition.

ALL SUMMER, ALL FREE
Thanks to the Hal Jackman Foundation and NOW Magazine, The Power Plant is excited to present free admission to the galleries and all public programmes this summer. A separate and preceding media release details the ALL SUMMER, ALL FREE.

The Power Plant, Harbourfront Centre, is located at 231 Queens Quay West. Enjoy extended gallery hours on Saturdays from noon to 8 pm, and regular Summer hours are Tuesdays to Sundays from noon to 6 pm.

For exhibition and tour information, the public can call 416 973 4949 or visit www.thepowerplant.org.

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Media Contact:
Linda Liontis
416-973-4381
lliontis@harbourfrontcentre.com
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