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The Power Plant and Toronto artist Scott Lyall selected
to participate in prestigious SITE Santa Fe Biennale

TORONTO, December 21, 2007The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery at Harbourfront Centre has been selected as one of only 19 institutions worldwide to participate in the Seventh International Biennial SITE Santa Fe, June 22 through October 26, 2008.

Lance Fung, SITE’s 2008 Biennial curator, has selected 19 curators representing 19 international partner art organizations to participate in the Biennial exhibition. The Power Plant has the honour of being the only Canadian institution selected and is the only North American institution outside Santa Fe to be included.

In response to Mr. Fung’s invitation, the partner institutions have formed the 2008 Biennial Curatorial Team, a group of talented visionaries who will create a project involving emerging artists making SITE-inspired temporary new commissions. Each institution and its respective curator was asked to select one artist to participate.

Gregory Burke, Director of The Power Plant and one of the 19 curators at SITE Sante Fe, is pleased to announce that Toronto-based artist Scott Lyall will represent The Power Plant and Canada at this prestigious exhibition.

“We are thrilled that The Power Plant has been selected by Mr. Fung to represent Canada at this prestigious international exhibition,” states Mr. Burke. “It is an important part of our mandate to advocate for Canadian contemporary art practices on the world stage. I am honoured to be part of this global curatorial team and am excited to be curating Scott Lyall, an emerging Canadian talent who will no doubt take the international art world by storm.”

Scott Lyall (b.1964) studied Commerce at Queen’s University (Kingston, ON) and Law at the University of Toronto before receiving a Masters Degree from CalArts (Los Angeles) in 1993. Since then he has exhibited in Canada and internationally. Recent exhibitions include We Can Do This Now, a group show at The Power Plant, Toronto, in 2006; When Hangover Becomes Form, a collaboration with Rachel Harrison at Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver and LACE, Los Angeles, 2006; a dancer dances at Miguel Abreu Gallery, New York, 2006; and the little contemporaries at SculptureCenter, New York, in 2007.

Lyall combines drawing, painting, sculpture, and found objects into spare yet complex sculptural environments. An intense period of research and digital image making precedes each project. Lyall delves into themes such as the links between graphic processes, sculptural display, and the design legacies of Conceptualism. He makes his sculptures from everyday materials like particle board and Styrofoam and incorporates minor, ephemeral fragments, as well as mathematically-generated drawings and paintings, into his installations. The effect is one of improvisation and incompleteness married with calm predetermination.

“With its condensed wit, elegant formalism, and deliberate opacity, Lyall’s work eschews straightforward interpretation and invites contemplation and exploration,” states Mr. Burke. “We are most excited to see what Mr. Lyall will bring to SITE Santa Fe.”

About SITE Santa Fe
The Seventh International Biennial exhibition, entitled Lucky Number Seven and curated by Lance Fung, runs from June 22 through October 26, 2008. Opening weekend festivities are June 20-22. For more information visit www.sitesantafe.org or www.e-flux.com/shows/view/4928

Since its opening in 1995, SITE‘s mission has been to bring the global contemporary art dialogue to the Southwest region of the US. SITE’s Biennial, organized by a guest curator of international reputation, always attempts a paradigm shift in the field of visual arts. SITE’s Biennial is known worldwide for its innovation and for showcasing great curators ahead of the rest of the art world. In fact, three of SITE’s six curators have subsequently served as Directors of the Venice Biennale, including this year’s Robert Storr, and a fourth won a MacArthur “Genius” Award.

About The Power Plant
The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery at Harbourfront Centre is among the finest public contemporary art galleries in the world and the premier non-collecting Canadian venue for the presentation of new art. Since 1987, The Power Plant has distinguished itself as a strong and independent Canadian voice in the international contemporary art arena. Its ambitious exhibitions feature the most exciting artists working today, while its publications are admired and consulted around the world. The Power Plant is a reliable source of visual pleasure and civic pride for sophisticated and culturally astute Torontonians.

The Power Plant is a registered Canadian charitable organization supported by its Board of Directors, gallery members, sponsors, donors and funding bodies at all levels of government. For information on exhibitions and events visit www.thepowerplant.org

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Media Contacts:

Shane Gerard
Publicist – Harbourfront Centre
416-973-4518
sgerard@harbourfrontcentre.com

Tony Hewer
Development & Marketing Coordinator
The Power Plant
416-973-4927
thewer@harbourfrontcentre.com
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