FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
The Power Plant opens four new solo exhibitions exploring the moving image
and the idea of “screen space”
Featured are internationally-renowned artists Ryan Trecartin,
Sharon Lockhart, Peter Campus and Joachim Koester
Exhibition runs March 26 to May 24, 2010
Opening party Thursday, March 25, 8-11 p.m.TORONTO, ON (March 16, 2010) – The spring season brings the work of four acclaimed moving-image artists to The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery at Harbourfront Centre. Representing a range of different generations, styles and forms, the four solo artists all experiment with the idea of “screen space” and play with the relationships between viewers, moving images and the site of the gallery. From pioneering video artist Peter Campus to rising young star Ryan Trecartin, these international artists are united in exploring the space of the screen through their thrilling experiments in film and video. The works presented demonstrate the different ways by which each artist considers both the representational space of the moving image, and the gallery space in which the work is presented, providing a multi-dimensional and immersive visitor experience. Power Plant Director Gregory Burke elaborates, “Each artist engages to varying degrees with both the real, material world and the realm of fantasy and imagination, ranging from Campus’ psychological investigations to Sharon Lockhart working in an anthropological documentary tradition, to Joachim Koester, whose 16mm films evoke altered mental states, or Ryan Trecartin, who captures the dizzying mindset of a generation raised by the internet in his hallucinogenic videos. More, The Power Plant is pleased to present these important projects timed to coincide with the 23rd Images Festival here in Toronto. ” Ryan Trecartin: Any Ever is the first Canadian solo exhibition for this 28-year-old artist, and the first stop of its major world tour. The exhibition brings together for the first time two recent bodies of work: the three-part Trill-ogy Comp (2009), parts of which made a splash at the New Museums’s 2009 Younger Than Jesus Triennial, and the just-completed, four-part series Re’Search Wait’S (2010). Together they form Trecartin’s most ambitious project to date, a sprawling seven-video epic that is the largest of our four spring exhibitions. With an insomniac energy and frenetic editing, Trecartin choreographs a cracked parallel universe only slightly more surreal than the one we actually inhabit. The artist explores consumer culture and fractured identity in the digital age, both through his long-form videos and via the “containers” he creates for their viewing – whose contents (IKEA furniture, schoolyard equipment, etc.) mirror the environments seen in the videos, extending them into the space of the gallery. Trecartin, whose work has already become iconic through mediums such as YouTube, was recently featured in Vogue as one of the most notable artists, “…finding inventive ways to depict the figure in the contemporary world.” The exhibition is curated by Helena Reckitt, Senior Curator of Programs, and Jon Davies, Assistant Curator of Public Programs. Sharon Lockhart: Podwórka features a single new work by the U.S. artist that captures six groups of neighbourhood youth as they play in seemingly deserted yards in Lód´z, Poland, offering an intimate portrait of daily life. Shot with a fixed camera, this single-channel projection highlights Lockhart’s concern for the interrelationship between the still and the moving image, and evidences her nuanced observational gaze at different communities she has encountered. Always very attuned to the architecture in which her work is presented, Lockhart presents this piece within two sculptural “volumes” at The Power Plant. Lockhart’s acclaimed film and photography work has been shown in galleries and cinemas around the world, including in Life on Mars: The 55th Carnegie International, Pittsburgh (2008). Co-presented with the Images Festival, this exhibition is curated by Power Plant Director Gregory Burke and Images Festival Artistic Director Pablo de Ocampo.Peter Campus: Reflections and Inflections juxtaposes the legendary video artist’s iconic early work Anamnesis (1974) with a new multi-channel video, Inflections: changes in light and colour around Ponquogue Bay (2009), spanning 35 years of Campus’s pioneering practice and his move from treating video as a sculptural to a pictorial medium. Sure to be one of the highlights for visitors, Anamnesis involves a closed-circuit television, which confronts viewers with images of themselves – at a time-delay – demonstrating the medium’s capacity for transforming viewers’ perceptions of self and of duration in the gallery space. Curated by Director Gregory Burke, this exhibition features an American artist who has led a very distinguished career, including work in photography and computer-based images. In addition to being included in numerous biennials, major group exhibitions and in dozens of museum collections, Campus has had recent solo exhibitions at Albion Gallery, London (2007) and the BFI Southbank Gallery, London (2009-2010).Joachim Koester: Hypnagogia explores the threshold between consciousness and sleep in the three films that comprise Joachim Koester’s first solo show in Canada: Tarantism (7 min., 2007), My Frontier is an Endless Wall of Points (after the mescaline drawings of Henri Michaux) (11 min., 2007) and To navigate, in a genuine way, in the unknown necessitates an attitude of daring, but not one of recklessness (movements generated from the Magical Passes of Carlos Castaneda) (3 min, 2009). Projected onto floating screens, creating a mysterious and otherworldly environment, these black and white 16mm film loops suggest conscious and unconscious states and gestures, irrationality, loss of control and possession, and the “fringes of the body” that Koester terms “the grey zone.” Koester is a Danish artist based in Copenhagen and Brooklyn. He represented Denmark in the 2005 Venice Biennale. Hypnagogia is curated by Helena Reckitt, Senior Curator of Programs.All four exhibitions will be accompanied by special, not-to-be-missed programs, some of which offer direct access to the artists. The Power Plant will present Ryan Trecartin in conversation with the curators on March 23 as part of its International Lecture Series (see the list of programming details below). “The Power Plant is so fortunate to have the support of generous and enthusiastic individuals who have made it possible to bring Ryan Trecartin’s work to Toronto for the first time,” said Director of The Power Plant Gregory Burke, with gratitude. Support Donors for the exhibition include Bruce Bailey, Paul E. Bain & Isa Spalding, Michael Cooper, Shanitha Kachan & Gerald Sheff, Steven & Lynda Latner, and Laura Rapp & Jay Smith. “With their help, we are able to present Canadian audiences with the most recent work by a young artist who is quickly gaining international attention. We are also extremely thankful to The Drake Hotel, who will be hosting Ryan’s lecture here in the city. We value our partnership with The Drake, who offers the gallery a terrific venue for related events.”Sharon Lockhart: Podwórka is co-presented with the Images Festival. “The gallery has enjoyed a long relationship with Images, who have assisted us in presenting significant events that have provided an extraordinary complement to our exhibition programming,” says Burke. This spring, the gallery is once again working with Images to present an advance screening of renowned artist Shirin Neshat’s first feature film, Women Without Men, on March 27 (see the list of programming details below).
NEW PUBLICATIONSThe opening reception on March 25 will feature the launch of the third issue of the Power Plant’s magazine, SWITCH. This issue is on the theme of “screen space” and presents major essays accompanying our winter 2009-2010 exhibitions, Recent Snow: Projected Works by Michael Snow and Nothing to Declare: Current Sculpture from Canada by Montreal-based art historian Martha Langford and Senior Curator of Programs Helena Reckitt, respectively, as well as an essay on Ryan Trecartin’s practice by Assistant Curator Jon Davies, an interview with Anton Vidokle, and video artist/writer Nelson Henricks’ reflections on The Power Plant’s 1997 exhibition of Steve Reinke’s The Hundred Videos.
ASSOCIATED EVENTSOpening PartyThursday, March 25, 8-11 p.m.FREE International Lecture Series with Ryan TrecartinTuesday, March 23, 7 p.m.The Drake Hotel, 1150 Queen Street WestIn advance of the opening of his exhibition at the gallery, artist Ryan Trecartin discusses his acclaimed video practice in conversation with curators Helena Reckitt and Jon Davies.International Lecture Series Lead Donor: J.P. Bickell FoundationFREE Members / $12 Non-MembersCall the Harbourfront Centre Box Office at 416-973-4000 to purchase/reserve tickets. Cash only at the door.Special Event: Film Screen and Artist Q&AShirn Neshat: Women Without MenSaturday, March 27, 7 p.m.The Royal Cinema, 608 College StreetThe Power Plant and the Images Festival are pleased to present a benefit screening of internationally-renowned contemporary artist Shirin Neshat’s first feature film Women Without Men (in collaboration with Shoja Azari, 2009, 97 min). Following the film, Jian Ghomeshi, host of Q, CBC Radio One’s national arts and entertainment program, will engage the artist in a Q&A. $15 advance tickets, $18 at the door, $50 VIP ticketsAdvance tickets available at imagesfestival.com/store or in person at Queen Video (412 Queen West), Soundscapes (572 College) and The Power Plant (cash only). Cash only at the door.VIP Reception with Shirin NeshatSaturday, March 27, 6 p.m.Join the acclaimed Iranian artist Shirin Neshat for an exclusive reception in advance of the screening, including reserved seating, refreshments and gift bags and hear the artist’s remarks about the experience of making her first feature film.Co-presented with the Images FestivalSpecial thanks to Mongrel Media$50 VIP tickets (strictly limited – please contact Membership and Development Associate Angela Grabham at email@example.com.For more information on exhibitions and all public programs at The Power Plant, call 416-973-4949 or visit thepowerplant.org. The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery at Harbourfront Centre231 Queens Quay West, TorontoAdmission: FREE Members$6 Adults$3 Students / SeniorsFREE Wednesdays from 5-8 p.m.Gallery Hours:Tuesday to Sunday 12-6 p.m.Wednesday 12-8 p.m.Open Holiday MondaysABOUT HARBOURFRONT CENTREHarbourfront Centre is an innovative, non-profit cultural organization which provides internationally renowned programming in the arts, culture, education and recreation, all within a collection of distinctive venues on a 10-acre site in the heart of Toronto's downtown waterfront.
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