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Venice Biennale


Past Exhibition

Screen and Décor
Exhibition: June 8-August 17 2013
Opening Reception: Friday June 7, 6:00-8:00pm

With works by Shannon Bool, Simone Gilges, Bernhard Kahrmann, Sanaz Mazinani, Kirstine Roepstorff, Emmy Skensved

Exhibition Design by Rodney LaTourelle and Louise Witthöft

Curated By Rosemary Heather

Screen and Décor image

Image Credit: Sanaz Mazinani, detail of Living with War, 2011. From the series "Frames of the Visible". Courtesy of the artist/Stephen Bulger Gallery.

For Screen and Décor the use of pattern and ornament (in the sense of extended motif) in contemporary art is understood as an organizing principle in a world of excessive data. Artworks in the exhibition are resonant of a contemporary visual reality characterized by complex patterning. Within the frame of an all-over exhibition design created by Rodney LaTourelle (CA) and Louise Witthöft (DK), Screen and Décor proposes to look at this phenomenon through the work of six artists.

Shannon Bool (Canada) positions historical referents of ornament and pattern within a distorted landscape of contemporary spatial ambiguity.

Simone Gilges (Germany) investigates historical forms of décor, towards the creation of a personal mythology free from the weight of German history.

Bernhard Kahrmann (Germany) pieces together re-photographed photos, shot in varying light and delicately overlaid, to build an unstable relation between the image and its apprehension.

Sanaz Mazinani (Canada) uses the veneer of décor, telling juxtapositions and the shifts in perspective that pattern can orchestrate to reveal the embedded meanings of images that circulate.

Kirstine Roepstorff
(Denmark) updates genres of collage and photomontage to create woven analogues of the digital world.

Emmy Skensved
(Canada) makes large-scale paintings that place a visage of décor over the vast field of our era's digital slippage.


FREE Contemporary ARTbus Tour
Sunday June 9, 11:30am – 5pm

The tour starts at the Justina M. Barnicke Gallery with a tour by guest curator, Rosemary Heather and then departs for the Art Gallery of York University and Oakville Galleries, returning to Hart House. FREE but registration is required. For reservations, contact or 905.844.4402, ext. 27 by Friday June 7, 4:00 pm.

Screen and Décor is jointly produced by the Justina M. Barnicke Gallery at Hart House and the Southern Alberta Art Gallery, Lethbridge, Alberta, where it will be presented from September 28 to November 24, 2013.

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Installation Views

Screen and Décor @ the Justina M. Barnicke Gallery, Toronto, 2013

Screen and Decor installation
Screen and Decor installation
Screen and Decor installation
Screen and Decor installation