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Aug
6
to Sep 30

Saintes | Rosalie H. Maheux

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Saintes is an installation incorporating a series of resin sculptures casted from the inside of hollow Virgin Mary statues. By treating the negative space inside the statues as the “new icon”, Rosalie H. Maheux removes both physical and psychological aspects related to the Virgin Mary, thus offering a contrasting new perspective on the representation of women.

With the shapes obtained from the interior cast of the hollow statues and the re-appropriation of catholic shrines, the work confronts the idea of procreation versus pleasure while proposing an intergenerational and critical conversation between the artist’s catholic cultural background and her feminist views.

The creation of this work was made possible thanks to the financial support of the Canada Council for the Arts | Conseil des Arts du Canada and the City of Toronto through the Toronto Arts Council.

We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, which last year invested $153 million to bring the arts to Canadians throughout the country. 

Nous remercions le Conseil des arts du Canada de son soutien. L’an dernier, le Conseil a investi 153 millions de dollars pour mettre de l’art dans la vie des Canadiennes et des Canadiens de tout le pays.


Rosalie H. Maheux was born in a small town on the South shore of the Saint Lawrence River, Québec, Canada in 1988. Maheux obtained an Honours Bachelor of Arts - Specialist in Studio from the University of Toronto, in 2014. She now lives and works in Toronto, Canada and focuses primarily on sculpture and installation.

Her work has been featured in many group shows and has been presented in solo shows at the Y+ Contemporary Gallery (2016) and Gallery on Wade (2016), in Toronto. In 2016, she was an artist in residence at Eastside International in Los Angeles, California. Recent activities include a public installation in Fredericton, New Brunswick in partnership with Third Space Gallery, Saint-John, New Brunswick (April 2018) and an upcoming awarded residency for Emerging Artist at Spark Box Studio, Ontario (October 2018)

Rosalie H. Maheux is also the visual half of STRANDS, a performative and musical collaboration project with musician Jasmyn Burke.

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Projections ± Predispositions | Brandon Giessman
Jun
6
to Jul 31

Projections ± Predispositions | Brandon Giessman

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Projections ± Predispositions considers the parallels between exclusion from public and private spaces, through the dual lenses of marginalization and trauma, which work to sever confidence in safety and bodily autonomy. Soil from past installations creates a bed, a place for potential growth, reflection, and rest, while a distressed sheet evokes intimacies between those who have been, are, and will be. The surrounding pansies are disrupted by barbed wire, violent boundaries demanding exile, submission, and observation. As the flowers wilt due to a lack of care, the wire makes its presence increasingly known, holding up the plants as examples of what is to come as these structures remain.


Brandon Giessmann is a Canadian visual artist and writer who explores how trauma, gender, and sexuality intersect in response to notions of identity and its related politics. Giessmann is interested in codifying and veiling information to consider how his projects interact with one another, the spaces they inhabit, and how reusing materials can inform present and future work. Installations and performances become vessels for conversation and reflection, where he addresses his own trauma, the process of healing, and his fear of social and institutional repercussion as a gay man. These thoughts are translated into various collections of critical text, creative writing, and visual art that help him understand his own positions and feelings regarding these often confusing topics and the disorientation he continues to experience due to his privileges as a cisgender white male recovering from past sexual assault and abuse. Brandon Giessmann is a recent BFA graduate from the Alberta College of Art + Design and is a University at Buffalo MFA candidate. 

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Hot Mess | Madeleine Mayo
Apr
6
to May 31

Hot Mess | Madeleine Mayo

In the confusion and the disrepair there continues to be an undeniable attraction, fuelled by a certainty that impossible things do happen. 


Madeleine Mayo (b. 1981, London, Ontario, Canada) holds a BFA in Painting from OCADU (The Ontario College of Art and Design University) and is currently an MFA candidate at Concordia University. Mayo’s practice is situated at the interstices of painting and sculpture which employs figurative and abstract tropes as a vehicle to engage with the formal and effective experience of colour, mimetic representation, and of her own subjective relationship to these objects as manifestations of love and desire.

Mayo currently lives and works in Montreal. She was the recipient of Tom Hopkins Graduate Award in Painting & Drawing and the Dale and Nick Tedeschi Studio Arts Fellowship Graduate Awards. She has also taught both academic and studio courses at Concordia University.

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