Sunday, July 31, 2011
Toronto Visual Arts: Henrjeta Mece at the Red Head Gallery to August 7
DIALOGUES ON UNCERTAINTY
at the Red Head Gallery to August 7, 2011
Dialogues on Uncertainty is a series of drawings that examines poetics of survival. Stability as a state of our 'supposed' well-being and success no longer exists in the contemporary world: space and time, place and non-place, clash through speed, only to be replaced by notions of adaptability and fluidity.
Referencing a contemporary experience of travel, mobility, and diasporas, this series focuses on materialising trajectories rather than destinations. Replacing the paintbrush, a miniature car drives automatically over Atlas—a classically painted human vertebra—through the duration of each phone-call. Taking the form of a journey, the disoriented trace the vehicle leaves behind underlines the nature of life in the dialogues created between space and place, here and there, past and future. Mapping time itself, these traces remain a course, a wandering, in the struggle to be positioned.
This exhibition is presented in conjunction with the Museum of Canadian Contemporary Art's 'This is Paradise'.
Henrjeta Mece is a multidisciplinary artist, writer and curator based in Toronto, Canada. Her research and creative practice in contemporary art discourse, history and geography explore issues related to the body, space, place and belonging. She completed her BFA at OCAD University (Toronto) and later her, MFA. She is the recipient of numerous awards including, Canada Millennium Excellence Award and has participated in several national and international residencies including, The Banff Centre for the Arts. Her artwork and curatorial projects have been exhibited throughout Europe and North America. At present, Mece is curating an exhibition for A Space and Toronto Free Gallery as well as, working on her yearlong research as a Vtape Fellow.