Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Fear of a Queer Planet: an exhibition of new works opening August 18th at the Whitehouse

I'm excited to announce my upcoming solo exhibition:

The White House presents ‘Fear of a Queer Planet’, an exhibition of recent works by Toronto-based artist Adrienne Crossman

August 18-21, 2016
Opening Reception: Thursday, August 18 7-10pm
Gallery hours: 12-5pm Friday through Sunday

‘Fear of a Queer Planet’ presents a collection of multidisciplinary work that questions what constitutes a ‘queer’ object, time or space, and what it looks like to navigate these spaces that exist between seemingly concrete social binaries. Inspired by Michael Warner’s writing in the 1993 text of the same title, in which Warner critiques the Pioneer Plaque conceived of by Carl Sagan and sent out into Space in the early 1970’s by NASA as representing a white, able-bodied, hetero-normative and singular version of humanity, Crossman’s work contemplates queer alternatives. Crossman’s practice aims to create feelings of queerness by disrupting conceptions of ‘normal’ and ‘natural’, bringing to light objects, individuals and spaces that challenge these categories.

Referencing nostalgic toys from the mid to late 90’s such the Furby™ released by Tiger Electronics in 1998 and the Tamagotchi™ released in 1996 by Bandai, the objects are re-contextualized through the lense of queer and feminist theory, taking the shape of physical sculptures, 3D renderings and illustrations. Through the re-contextualization (read: queering) of these familiar objects into something other, one may reflect on the possibility that a ‘queer’ feeling, sensibility or aesthetic impalpably pulses between binary categories that construct and oppress our perception of human life, highlighting the ubiquitous nature of queerness in the everyday, challenging the validity of these taxonomies (male/female, synthetic/real) altogether.

This exhibition acknowledges the generous support of the Toronto Arts Council and the City of Toronto.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016


– Jean Baudrillard, “Simulacra and Simulation”, 1981

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Wednesday, June 29, 2016

[the] aura

– Hito Steyerl, “In Defence of the Poor Image”, 2009

Thrd installment from my digital residency over at Studio Beat

Tuesday, June 21, 2016


My second post for the Studio Beat Digital Residency:

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Studio Beat: Digital Residency

This week I made my first post on Studio Beat as part of their Digital Residency. For the next few weeks I'll be making new work and posting it online here.

Check out my first post:

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Furby Enamel Pins

I've recently designed my first edition of enamel pins. They measure approximately 3/4" and I will soon be setting up an online store for orders. As for now they can be purchased simply by getting in contact with me: There are also a limited amount of pins available at Page & Panel, the TCAF shop located inside the Toronto Reference Library.

Card Design: Rebecca Welbourn