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An interactive performance by Lee Walton marks the end of a summer to remember at The Power Plant: September 1, 2008

TORONTO, August 11, 2008 — Marking the end of an incredible summer to remember, when more than 15,000 visitors have enjoyed FREE gallery admission thanks to the Hal Jackman Foundation and NOW Magazine, The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery at Harbourfront Centre is thrilled to announce a new interactive performance by exhibiting artist Lee Walton.

In tandem with The Power Plant’s blockbuster summer exhibition, ‘Not Quite How I Remember It,’ participating artist Lee Walton choreographs the everyday actions of dozens of participants on The Power Plant’s lakefront terrace for LIVE on Labour Day, Monday, September 1.

Sometimes described as an 'experientalist,' Walton creates projects that aim to forge new relationships and experiences. For his project in ‘Not Quite How I Remember It,’ Walton led the gallery Animateurs through the area surrounding The Power Plant performing a series of improvised actions. Visitors to the exhibition who wanted to know about the artist’s project had to ask an Animateur to relate their memories and experience of this performance.

For his LIVE performance at The Power Plant, Walton will enlist the help of participants to create an improvised and practically invisible experience on the waterfront. For the duration of each 30-minute performance, participating performers will seamlessly blend themselves in with the real characters of Harbourfront Centre. Playing out simple everyday activities such as sipping coffee, stopping to look at the boats, or zipping up a sweatshirt, the actors will challenge the audience’s perceptions of who is performing and who is not. Non-participating passersby will also appear suspect until the orchestrated actors reveal themselves to the audience through identical loops of repetitive action.

This LIVE event is held at The Power Plant, Harbourfront Centre, 231 Queens Quay West, on Labour Day, Monday, September 1, at 2 p.m., 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. Admission to the event is FREE and open to the public.

To participate in this performance as an actor or recruiter, please contact the artist immediately. All you need to do is be yourself! Sign up to participate at www.leewalton.com/contact/index.html

LIVE is presented in conjunction with ‘Not Quite How I Remember It,’ the first major exhibition curated by Helena Reckitt, Senior Curator of Programs. Featuring a Canadian and international roster of artists, the exhibition explores how the past haunts the present and showcases contemporary artistic approaches to forms of historical re-enactment and reconstruction. While building on tactics of montage, remixing, and sampling, artists depart from the cool appropriation tactics of postmodernists. Instead, they take a decidedly time and labour-intensive attitude to remaking and restaging.

Since opening in June, ‘Not Quite How I Remember It’ has received critical acclaim. Artforum’s Janine Armin calls it “a smart survey of reconstructed objects and events,” while NOW’s Fran Schechter writes, “Curator Helena Reckitt should be commended…for putting together this fine thought-provoking show.”

Featuring artists Diane Borsato (Canada) / Gerard Byrne (Ireland) / Nancy Davenport (Canada) / Felix Gmelin (Sweden) / Sharon Hayes (USA) / Mary Kelly (USA) / Nestor Kruger (Canada) / Michael Maranda (Canada) / Olivia Plender (UK) / Walid Raad (Lebanon/USA) / Dario Robleto (USA) / Michael Stevenson (New Zealand) / Kelley Walker (USA) / Lee Walton (USA).

‘Not Quite How I Remember It’ is generously supported by Exhibition Donors Gail Drummond & Robert Dorrance, Liza Mauer, Margaret McNee, and Nancy Young.

For more information on exhibitions and all Public Programs, the public can call
416-973-4949 or visit www.thepowerplant.org.

The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery at Harbourfront Centre is located at 231 Queens Quay West, Toronto. Summer Gallery Hours (from June 26 to September 1) are Tuesday to Friday, Sunday 12 – 6 p.m., Saturday 12 – 8 p.m. Closed Mondays (Open Holiday Mondays 12 – 6 p.m.).

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Media Contacts:

Linda Liontis
Media Relations
Harbourfront Centre
416-973-4381
lliontis@harbourfrontcentre.com

Gabrielle Moser
Interim Development & Marketing Coordinator
The Power Plant
416-973-4927
gmoser@harbourfrontcentre.com

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