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I Thought There Were Limits

2013 Curatorial Studies Thesis Exhibition

Curated by Julia Abraham

Exhibition Dates: March 28 – May 18, 2013
Opening Reception: Thursday March 28, 7 – 9pm

With works by Karen Henderson, Yam Lau, Gordon Lebredt, Kika Thorne, and Josh Thorpe

Artist Talk and Listen: Tuesday May 7, 7pm
"Like a perpetually falling apple and the expanding ground beneath it, the artworks form a responsive relationship to their site and in so doing reveal specific architectural, temporal and virtual properties of the Justina M. Barnicke Gallery." Julia Abraham's curatorial proposal will offer us a place to begin our conversation.

Kika Thorne and Josh Thorpe will be present to discuss their work in the exhibition.

An Introduction to the General Theory of Place: Saturday May 11, 2pm

In conjunction with the exhibition I Thought There Were Limits, on view at the Justina M. Barnicke Gallery, curator Julia Abraham will guest-facilitate this salon.

See full details of event here.

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Kika Thorne, Singularity, 2007 – ongoing. Lycra, aircraft cable, hardware, rare earth magnets, dimensions variable.
Photo: Scott Massey. Courtesy of the Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver.


I thought there were limits, Newtonian
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The apples, falling, never hit the ground.
- D.G. Jones


I Thought There Were Limits brings together five Toronto-based artists whose work engages with both the material and conceptual dimensions of space. Taking as its departure the tradition of site-specificity pioneered in the 1960s, the exhibition presents a category of site-specific gestures that derive unique material implications once they are affixed to a site. By displaying previously conceived artworks along with new works made for this occasion, the exhibition tests the limits of site-specific practice as both responsive to a particular place while also adaptable to any site. Like a perpetually falling apple and the expanding ground beneath it, the artworks form a responsive relationship to their site and in so doing reveal specific architectural, temporal and virtual properties of the Justina M. Barnicke Gallery. This selection of artworks is representative of the variations of site-specific practices within Toronto contemporary art. The project demonstrates a local history of spatial practices that challenge the terms and expected ways that a work might be responsive to a place.

This exhibition is produced as part of the requirements for the MVS degree in Curatorial Studies at the University of Toronto.

SPECIAL EVENTS AND PROGRAMMING:

FREE Contemporary Art Bus Tour

Sunday April 28, 12 – 5pm

The tour starts at Koffler Gallery’s Off-Site project at 48 Abell St. at 12 noon, and then departs for Blackwood Gallery, Art Gallery of York University, Doris McCarthy Gallery and Justina M. Barnicke Gallery. Seating is limited.

To RSVP call Blackwood Gallery at 905 828 3789, or email blackwood.gallery@utoronto.ca by April 26 at 4pm.

Curatorial Tour
Sunday April 28, 4pm
Justina M. Barnicke Gallery

Summer Gallery Hours
Monday to Friday 12 – 5pm and Saturday 1 – 5pm

The Gallery is closed on statutory holidays (including Friday March 29).

The Gallery is wheelchair accessible.

This exhibition is produced as part of the requirements for the MVS degree in Curatorial Studies at the University of Toronto and supported by Screen Art, Akimbo, and Akau Framing & Art.

The Justina M. Barnicke Gallery is supported by the Canada Council for the Arts and the Ontario Arts Council.


Installation Views:

I Thought There Were Limits @ the Justina M. Barnicke Gallery, Toronto, 2013

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