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Realize the power of language with The Power Plant’s Spring 2009 exhibitions:
‘THE OTHER SIDE OF A CUL-DE-SAC’, a new installation of text-based works by
pioneering and world-renowned conceptual artist Lawrence Weiner; and
‘Counter Offer,’ the first solo exhibition in Canada by UK-based artist Carey Young.

TORONTO, March 5 2009 – Following Winter exhibitions that introduced a range of new artists to Toronto audiences, The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery at Harbourfront Centre announces its Spring 2009 exhibitions and public programmes.

Spring 2009 at The Power Plant features a major new exhibition by Lawrence Weiner, one of the pioneers of conceptual art; presented alongside Carey Young, an artist of a younger generation who explores the legacies of that very same movement. Their exhibitions run from March 14 through May 18, 2009. The Power Plant also presents a Lawrence Weiner International Lecture Series event on March 12 as well as rare screenings of four of his past films and videos on May 12 (see below for more details). All Spring exhibitions open with a free public reception on March 13 from 8-11 PM.

In 2008, the in-depth touring retrospective exhibition Lawrence Weiner: ‘AS FAR AS THE EYE CAN SEE’ forcefully established the historical significance of Lawrence Weiner as a pivotal figure in the development of conceptual art. Lawrence Weiner continues to be very active as an artist and with that in mind The Power Plant is proud to have commissioned him to produce a new exhibition titled ‘THE OTHER SIDE OF A CUL-DE-SAC’. This exhibition highlights the continuing vitality and currency of Weiner’s sculptural practice through the commissioning of new work and by providing a striking architectural context in which to situate his works - including interior, transitional and exterior spaces and surfaces of The Power Plant building.

“It is a privilege to present ‘THE OTHER SIDE OF A CUL-DE-SAC’, Lawrence Weiner’s most substantial exhibition of new work in Toronto to date,” says Gregory Burke, exhibition curator and Director of The Power Plant. “The exhibition builds upon Weiner’s long-term relationship with the Toronto, which began in earnest in 1977 at the Centre for Experimental Art and Communication (CEAC), where he created one of his earliest sound-work installations.”

THE OTHER SIDE OF A CUL-DE-SAC consists of five works that function as fragments of a whole. The lobby of The Power Plant creates the entrance to the exhibition with Weiner’s FOR BETTER OR FOR WORSE (2001). Its attendant multifarious meanings lead into to the largest gallery on the ground floor of The Power Plant, which contains MORE THAN ENOUGH (1998). This alchemical work culminates, or explodes if you will, into a fragment MORE THAN ENOUGH, a work commissioned expressly for the smokestack of The Power Plant that will remain on view for the rest of the year. CUL-DE-SAC (2009), the newest work and produced expressly for the exhibition, responds to a culmination of sorts on the forty-foot high walls of the clerestory of The Power Plant.

The fifth element of the project is a 48-page hardcover publication, THE OTHER SIDE OF A CUL-DE-SAC, co-designed by Lawrence Weiner and Hahn Studio, Toronto and published by The Power Plant. The publication re-configures the works from the exhibition within the book format and features texts by the exhibition curator and Director of The Power Plant Gregory Burke as well as critic and poet Dr. Wystan Curnow.

As a counterpoint to ‘THE OTHER SIDE OF A CUL-DE-SAC’, The Power Plant presents ‘Counter Offer’; an overview of works in video, photography, text and performance by UK-based artist Carey Young. For the past decade, Young has investigated the legacies of conceptual art and its links with global commerce and the world of business.

“As a former employee at a multinational corporation, Carey Young knows the power of business strategies and legal maneuvers” says Senior Curator of Programs Helena Reckitt. “By favouring sly subterfuge over shrill polemics, Young turns corporate and legal rhetoric against itself.”

Counter Offer’ builds upon The Power Plant’s twenty-one year history of introducing influential contemporary artists to Canadian audiences. Following the Winter 2008/09 show ‘Headless’ by Goldin Senneby, this exhibition engenders debate about global commerce and processes of strategic withdrawal, the role of performance within public life, and the relationship between language and reality.

The Power Plant gratefully acknowledges our Spring 2009 donors and sponsors, whose generosity has allowed us to realize a world-class season of exhibitions and public programmes. We extend our sincere gratitude to the Albert and Temmy Latner Family Foundation, Lead Donors of Lawrence Weiner: ‘THE OTHER SIDE OF A CUL-DE-SAC’. In addition, we wish to recognize the contribution of Smokestack Commission Support Donors Michael F. B. Nesbitt and Victoria Webster & Gabe Gonda, Support Sponsor for Carey Young: ‘Counter Offer’ Aylesworth LLP, and Charter Communications, who have provided additional support for Carey Young: ‘Counter Offer’.

For more information on exhibitions and all public programmes, 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.

Regular Gallery Admission: $5 Adults, $3 Students/Seniors, FREE to Members, FREE to all on Wednesday evenings 5-8 PM. Gallery Hours are Tuesday to Sunday 12 – 6 PM, Wednesday 12 – 8 PM.Closed Mondays (Open Holiday Mondays 12 – 6 PM).

The Power Plant also presents a diverse, dynamic season of public programming. A highlight is Lawrence Weiner’s artist talk on March 12 as part of our ongoing International Lecture Series. Later in the season, we welcome Tom Sokolowski, Director of the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh to speak in the International Lecture Series. In his presentation on May 5, Sokolowski will relate the legacy of Andy Warhol, one of the twentieth century art’s iconoclasts, to vital currents in contemporary culture.

Primary Education Sponsor: CIBC Wood Gundy.

IT PAYS TO BELONG - Spring 2009 Public Programming events include:

LECTURE / Carey Young
Tuesday March 10 / 7:30 PM / $7 Members of The Power Plant, Prefix Photo Subscribers, Students & Seniors; $10 General
Prefix Institute of Contemporary Art , 401 Richmond St. West #124
British artist Carey Young, whose first Canadian solo show, ‘Counter Offer,’ runs at The Power Plant, discusses her interest in the links between art and global commerce as well as legacies of conceptual art. Co-presented with the Urban Field Speakers Series
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INTERNATIONAL LECTURE SERIES / Lawrence Weiner
Thursday March 12 / 7 PM / FREE to Members, $10 Non-Members
Studio Theatre, Harbourfront Centre
A pivotal figure in the history of conceptual art, Lawrence Weiner speaks about his pioneering practice.
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LIVE / Carey Young: Speechcraft
Sunday March 15 / 4 PM / FREE
Brigantine Room, Harbourfront Centre
Join exhibiting artist Carey Young for this live performance-based artwork in collaboration with Toastmasters, the international public speaking club. Members of the public are invited to watch, give feedback and participate. During the meeting, Young will suggest specific topics that each speaker will respond to with an impromptu speech.
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LIVE / Ben Coonley: Talking Points Talking Ponies
Saturday April 4 / 6 PM / $4 Members, $6 Non-Members
Brigantine Room, Harbourfront Centre
Brooklyn-based Ben Coonley is a video, performance and new media artist who uses pedagogical modes of address and direct audience confrontation to explore media culture and film history. His humorous work references pop and art culture— from talking toy ponies and Jar Jar Binks to Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s The Gates (1979-2005). Co-presented with the Images Festival. For more information visit imagesfestival.com.
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FORUM / The Work Need Not Be Built
Monday April 27 / 7 PM / $4 Members, $6 Non-Members
The Power Plant at Harbourfront Centre
Conceptual art, based on the notion that art comprises ideas that may or may not be enacted, was designed to elude marketability. Yet along with its huge influence on generations of artists, it became a major commercial success. This panel considers the movement’s ongoing relevance. Panelists include: Michael Klein, Dave Dyment, Micah Lexier, Fedora Romita and Wystan Curnow.
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INTERNATIONAL LECTURE SERIES / Thomas Sokolowski
Tuesday May 5 / 7 PM / FREE to Members, $10 Non-Members
Studio Theatre, Harbourfront Centre
Director of Pittsburgh’s Andy Warhol Museum since 1996, Thomas Sokolowski relates the legacy of one of twentieth century art’s iconoclasts to vital currents in contemporary culture.
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FILM / Lawrence Weiner
Tuesday May 12 / 7 PM / $4 Members, $6 Non-Members
Studio Theatre, Harbourfront Centre
Created over three decades, Lawrence Weiner’s films & videos comprise a little-known but fascinating facet of this conceptual artist’s practice. Titles include: Broken Off (1970), There But For (1980), Passage to the North (1981), Inherent in the Rhumb Line (2005).
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SUNDAY SCENE
March 15 to May 17, 2 PM
The Power Plant at Harbourfront Centre
FREE with gallery admission
Every Sunday speakers from the world of art and beyond offer their responses to the current exhibitions.
March 15 / Laura Fried and Helena Reckitt
March 22 / Stephen Friedman
March 29/ Sameer Farooq
April 5/ Victoria Stanton
April 12 / Wendy Coburn
April 19 / Barbara Balfour
April 26 / Wystan Curnow
May 3 / Thomas H. Bjarnason
May 10 / Bianca Semeniuk & Erin Thadani
May 17 / Roger Bywater

For more information on The Power Plant’s exhibitions and public programmes, 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.

Regular Gallery Admission: $5 Adults, $3 Students/Seniors, FREE to Members, FREE to all on Wednesday evenings 5-8 PM.

Gallery Hours are Tuesday to Sunday 12 – 6 PM, Wednesday 12 – 8 PM. Closed Mondays (Open Holiday Mondays 12 – 6 PM).
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Media Contacts:

Darryl Bank
Interim Marketing and Development Coordinator
The Power Plant
416-973-4927
dbank@harbourfrontcentre.com

Shane Gerard, APR
Publicity
Harbourfront Centre
416-973-4518
sgerard@harbourfrontcentre.com

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