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Why Can't Minimal

September 2 - October 19, 2014

Opening Reception: September 11, 2014, 6:00 - 8:00 pm
Curator's Tour:
September 20, 2014, 2:00 pm
Panel Discussion: October 14, 2014, 6:00 pm at the University of Toronto Art Centre, 15 King’s College Circle

Curated by John G. Hampton

With works by Jennifer Marman & Daniel Borins, John Baldessari, John Boyle-Singfield, John Marriott, John Wood & Paul Harrison, Jon Sasaki, Ken Nicol, Liza Eurich, and Tammi Campbell.



Jon Sasaki, A Minimalist Cube Shipped With Minimal Effort and Expense, 2012. Powdercoated steel cube, accumulating shipping labels, 12" x 12" x 12". Collection of the Blackwood Gallery. Image courtesy of the artist.

Why Can’t Minimal addresses the humorous side of minimal art by embracing its humanity and latent absurdity. The exhibition rejects the assumption that minimal art requires solemn, unmoving contemplation, and instead embraces the more intuitive, jovial, and personal pleasures that occur when one has fun with the comically utopian ambitions of unitary forms. Playing with the forms, traditions and incongruities of multiple minimalisms, the presented works elude rational thought, repositioning conceptual value away from cognitive labour, towards the instinctual recognition offered through levity, play, humour and sentiment.

Produced as part of the requirements of the Master of Visual Studies—Curatorial Studies program at the University of Toronto.

Financially supported by the Jackman Humanities Institute.

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Parallel Programming

Public Events at the Justina M. Barnicke Gallery

Opening Reception
: September 11, 2014, 6:00-8:00 pm
Curator's Tour with John G. Hampton: September 20th, 2014, 2:00 pm
Panel discussion on humour and minimalism with Daniel Borins, Jennifer Marman, John G. Hampton, John Marriott, and Tammi Campbell: October 14, 2014, 6:00 pm at the University of Toronto Art Centre, 15 King’s College Circle


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