For the past few months Luke Maddaford and I have been developing off centre, an online publication dedicated to writing about contemporary art and artists outside of large metropolitan centres.
To be off centre means to be less conventional, other, eccentric, strange, or to deviate from the norm.
Since leaving Toronto in 2016 my eyes have opened much wider to the culture and rich creative work that is taking place outside of the main Canadian art hubs that are situated in the largest metropolitan centres.
off centre is dedicated to writing about contemporary art and artists outside of these centres. We believe it is important to provide opportunities for and highlight the practices of artists, writers, and curators who produce and exhibit in these regions, challenging the expectation that culture emerges in the centre and works its way beyond.
off centre is committed to working with artists, writers, and curators who are considered emerging, Indigenous, racialized, Queer, working in alternative practices and abilities, from diverse cultural backgrounds, or otherwise underrepresented.
We lauched the project this month, and you can read more about it and our call for submissions on the website: https://weareoffcentre.com
We’re also working on the first pieces of writing, which will be posted in the coming weeks.
I was recently interviewed by Graham Isador over at CBC Arts about my work in the “Power Play” exhibition on for a few more weeks at the Art Gallery of Windsor. You can read the article here.
KAPSULA as just released CRITICAL PATCH – a special issue that probes the present and future of digital technologies in arts institutions and artistic practices. CRITICAL PATCH is the final segment of KAPSULA’s two-part project organized in response to the Ideas Digital Forum, hosted by The Robert McLaughlin Gallery (RMG) and the Ontario Association of Art Galleries (OAAG) in October 2018. Ideas Digital Forum gathered arts professionals for two days of engaging conversation about topics intimate to KAPSULA—namely, the role and impact of digital technologies on the ways we do our work.
The issue features an updated essay I wrote in response to the Forum.
You can download the issue here: https://kapsula.ca/releases/KAPSULA_CRITICALPATCH.pdf
‘No Future’ will be featured in an upcoming group exhibition at the Art Gallery of Windsor titled: Power Play: Hockey in Canadian Contemporary Art.
Power Play: Hockey in Canadian Contemporary Art is an innovative exhibition exploring hockey through the eyes of 14 artists from across Canada. Inspired by the idea that hockey is an inclusive sport, this exhibition explores themes of nationalism, gender, race, equity, sexuality, physical and mental health, and self-esteem. Organized into four sections: hockey jerseys, hockey masks, hockey cards, and hockey equipment, Power Play includes 45 artworks and memorabilia from the Hockey Hall of Fame.
Featured artists include: Judy Anderson, Scott Conarroe, Adrienne Crossman, Barrie Jones, Cyndra MacDowall, Hazel Meyer (with the Canadian AIDS Society), Laura Millard, Kent Monkman, François Morelli, Didier Morelli, Marc-Antoine Phaneuf, Liz Pead, Liss Platt, and Victor Romao.
By recognizing that the bodies that play hockey include people from many identities, the artists are proposing revised histories, alternative narratives, and provocative power plays within the game of hockey.
Curated by Jaclyn Meloche, PhD
The Art Gallery of Windsor would like to acknowledge the support of the Hockey Hall of Fame, the Canadian AIDS Society, and the Windsor AIDS Committee for their contributions to the exhibition.
Power Play runs Friday, February 9 - May 12, 2019 and is set to tour Canada through 2021.
Last month IOTA released their IOTA:DATA e-publication, which features my exhibitions essay about Jennifer Chan’s Important Men web commission.
You can download the full e-publication PDF here: https://www.iotainstitute.com/downloads/