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Toronto-Based Artists to the Fore in New Winter Program Exhibitions

TORONTO, December 12, 2006.The Power Plant at Harbourfront Centre is pleased to announce three Winter Program exhibitions opening December 16, 2006. We Can Do This Now assembles a special exhibition of several Toronto-based artists, Carlos Amorales: Useless Wonder features the Canadian debut of his video installation and sound environment, while Aleksandra Mir: Organized Movement – A Video Diary marks the first time the artist will exhibit in Canada.

An Opening Reception will be held at The Power Plant on Friday, December 15,from 7-11 p.m. It is free and open to the public. The Winter Program runs until February 9, 2007. For exhibition or tour information the public can call 416-973-4949 or visit www.thepowerplant.org. The Power Plant at Harbourfront Centre is located at 231 Queens Quay West.

The centrepiece of the Winter Program is We Can Do This Now. Focused on Toronto as a city for contemporary art, the exhibition has provided a valuable vehicle for Director Gregory Burke and Senior Curator Helena Reckitt to engage with the work of Toronto-based artists.

“As Helena and I are both new to the city it was a priority for us to make this connection”, says Burke. “The exhibition is not a definitive survey. Rather it draws connections that cross media and generations and that are in our view of significance. It speculates on characteristics of art practice in Toronto that have the potential to increase international attention for contemporary art in the city.”

The exhibition coincides with a climate of expectation over new buildings for the arts and current discussions concerning the City of Toronto as a creative center. The Power Plant seeks to contribute to this debate by putting contemporary art and artists at the centre of the discussion.

“This is entirely appropriate for The Power Plant, an institution with an international reach, but one fundamentally committed to fostering the development of contemporary art in its own locale,” says Burke.

We Can Do This Now features Martin Bennett, Ian Carr-Harris, Kristan Horton, Oliver Husain, Luis Jacob, Tania Kitchell, Scott Lyall, Kelly Mark, Paulette Phillips, Derek Sullivan, and Daniel Young & Christian Giroux with cameo appearances by Fiona Banner, AA Bronson, Jonathan Monk and Pae White.

As a counterpoint, the two supporting exhibitions focus on artists who have engaged with communities in Mexico.

Well-known for his choreographed performances with masked Mexican wrestlers, Carlos Amorales has recently concentrated on animations, paintings, and installations. For his Canadian debut, Amorales presents Useless Wonder (2006), a video animation and sound environment that develops his investigation into the language and meaning of fantasy and horror, and is based on The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket (1838) by Edgar Allan Poe. Amorales was born in Mexico City in 1970 and divides his time between Mexico City and Amsterdam. He has exhibited extensively internationally, including exhibitions and performances in the Netherlands, the U.K., and the U.S.A., and was included in the 2nd Berlin Biennial in 2001. Amorales represented the Netherlands at the 2003 Venice Biennale.

For her first exhibition in Canada, Aleksandra Mir presents the video Organized Movement – A Video Diary (2004). The result of a month-long artists’ residency in Mexico City in the summer of 2004--where the artist took Latin dance lessons and attended traditional dance performances, and recorded the results--the video juxtaposes footage of Mir as absolute beginner with anecdotal observations about youth culture, nightlife, group dynamics, globalization and the embarrassment of learning from scratch. Aleksandra Mir was born in 1967 in Lublin, Poland, is a Swedish citizen, and lives between New York and Palermo, Sicily. She has presented solo projects internationally in Europe, the U.K., New Zealand, and the U.S.A. and was included in the 2004 Whitney Biennale.

The Power Plant extends sincere thanks to Jeff Stober/The Drake Hotel, Supporting Donor of We Can Do This Now; Thomas H. Bjarnason, Supporting Donor of We Can Do This Now for Luis Jacob’s From Stream to Golden Stream; Laura Rapp and Jay Smith, Supporting Donors of Carlos Amorales: Useless Wonder; Paul Bain, Supporting Donor of Aleksandra Mir: Organized Movement-A Video Diary; and Media Partner NOW Magazine. Amorales’ visit has been generously supported by the Consulate General of Mexico and Mexicana Airlines.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

Thursday, December 14, 7-8 p.m.
ARTIST LECTURE: CARLOS AMORALES
The Brigantine Room, Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay West.
416-973.4000 or visit www.harbourfrontcentre.com
$8 Members. $10 Non-members.

Sunday, December 17, 2 p.m.
SUNDAY SCENE / ARTISTS’ CONVERSATION:
Kelly Mark, Kristan Horton and Dean Baldwin
The Power Plant.
416.973.4949 or visit www.thepowerplant.org
Free with admission.

Admission to The Power Plant at Harbourfront Centre is Free to Members, $4 for adults, $2 for students/seniors.Gallery Hours are Tuesday to Sunday: 12-6p.m.,Wednesday: 12-8p.m., Closed Monday, open holiday Mondays. HOLIDAY HOURS: The Power Plant at Harbourfront Centre will be CLOSED Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.

Media Contacts:

Cary Mignault, 416-973-4655, cmignault@harbourfrontcentre.com

Gregory Burke, Director, The Power Plant, 416-973-4924, gburke@harbourfrontcentre.com

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