The Slight Return

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Main Space/Parkade/U-Hall

Runs from April 27, 2012 to May 24, 2012

Opening reception Friday April 27, at 8:00 PM

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The Slight Return is a two-person exhibition pairing the works of Jennifer Cherniack (Montreal, QC) and David LaRiviere (Saskatoon, SK).

Cherniack’s IMHO (In My Humble Opinion) is a multi-media installation that challenges traditional art historical narratives through playful personal inflection. I’m Sorry, Jackson is a public apology, confession and declaration of the time Cherniack changed the course of history through giving out false information as a tour guide at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice, Italy. In The History of Art According to my Archives, a list of over 500 suggested titles for chapters or subjects in art history based on the artist’s personal experience is offered as an alternative, or additional educational tool.

LaRiviere’s The Art Gallery is series of eight images and a single video installation that imagine somewhat famous artworks, now very much the objects of some variety of art world in-joke, hanging in a parallel universe art gallery. The attitude of this work is irreverent, consistent with the prankster strategies that Mad Magazine once deployed within the world of comic books. Also parallel is the copyright debate that frames this work; just as Mad circumnavigated the comic book code authority this work sets out to embed critique within the technique of appropriation, yet dodge all charges of infringement with an unmitigated embrace of simulacra.

Jennifer Cherniack

Jennifer Cherniack (b. 1981, Winnipeg) holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Western Ontario (BFA, class of 2003) and in 2004 completed a Peggy Guggenheim Internship in Venice, Italy. From 2004-9, Cherniack resided in Toronto, working as an educator and administrator for several organizations including InterAccess Electronic Media Arts Centre, Regent Park Focus and the National Film Board of Canada. She has exhibited in various venues, from artist-run centres (Centre Vu, Quebec, Gallery 44, Toronto), to university galleries (the Justina M. Barnicke Gallery, Toronto, the Leonard & Bina Ellen Art Gallery, Montreal) to off-site events and artist multiples (Foire d'art Alternatif de Sudbury with la Galerie du Nouvel- Ontario, and the NY Art Book Fair). At present, Cherniack is completing her MFA, and teaching performance art and project-based courses in the undergraduate program at Concordia University, Montreal. Recently, she participated in such projects as PIN UP at Mercer Union, Toronto, and Spark Video, Syracuse, NY.

David LaRiviere

David LaRiviere received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Alberta in 1989 and later, in 1996, an MA Fine Art degree from Goldsmiths College, University of London in London, England. After returning to Canada LaRiviere taught “Contemporary Art Issues” as a sessional instructor at Grant MacEwan College in Edmonton and served as the President of Latitude 53 Society of Artists for two years. While at Latitude 53 he curated “Shiny”, which later traveled to Gallery 101 in Ottawa. In 2000 LaRiviere moved to Peterborough, Ontario to become the Director of Artspace, a position that extended to five years when the centre was destroyed by floodwaters on the eve of his original departure date. While in Peterborough LaRiviere helped to establish an ongoing experimental sound-artist collective entitled “Full Metal Booty”, a project that continues to this day. After re-establishing Artspace, he left Peterborough to live and work in Montreal over the following two years. As of January 2008, LaRiviere relocated to Saskatoon, Saskatchewan to undertake the Artistic Director position at PAVED Arts.

LaRiviere’s current artistic practice encompasses digital, audio, video, web and performance. His interest in a variety of media is influenced by a research path that includes a still developing interest in continental philosophy, particularly concerning the author-function, copyright and the  positive task of critique.