January 6, 2016 - Art Gallery of Ontario - AGO Artist-in-Residence program 2016
January 6, 2016

Art Gallery of Ontario

Left to right: Jérôme Havre, Public Studio and Walter Scott. Courtesy Art Gallery of Ontario.

AGO Artist-in-Residence program 2016

Art Gallery of Ontario
317 Dundas Street West
Toronto Ontario M5T 1G4

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The Art Gallery of Ontario is pleased to announce the Artists-in-Residence of 2016: Jérôme Havre, Public Studio and Walter Scott.

Jérôme Havre
Through March 11, 2016

Jérôme Havre’s practice concentrates on issues of identity, communities and territories, investigating the political and sociological processes of contemporary life as they relate to nationalism in France and Canada. Havre adopts a multidisciplinary approach in his exploration of these themes and their attending questions; he uses myriad tools and methods to make tangible the conditions of identity within situations of social transformation. For him, the use of a technological process is not only to accomplish a specific task, but a necessary form of expression in and of itself.

While in residence at the AGO, Jerome is working on the production of a long video utilizing puppets crafted for the project.

Complimenting his work, the AGO is offering a puppet-making workshop this winter. For more information visit our website.

Public Studio
May 1–July 30

Public Studio is the collective art practice of filmmaker and artist Elle Flanders and architect and artist Tamira Sawatzky. Since 2009, Public Studio has employed a diverse range of media resulting in large-scale public art works, films, immersive installations, lens-based works and socially engaged projects. Public Studio was founded with the intent of exploring antagonisms that occur in and around public space and its disappearance; current instabilities; and the effects of globalization on our everyday landscapes. Their multidisciplinary practice has engaged topics such as war and militarization, globalization, ecology and urbanization and political dissent. With backgrounds in photography, film and architecture, the point of departure for Public Studio is an image that is often formed and informed spatially. Their photographs and immersive film installations consider the relationship between ethics and aesthetics through landscape.

Walter Scott
September 1–November 30

Walter Scott is an interdisciplinary artist working with writing, illustration, performance and sculpture. In 2011 while living in Montreal, he began a comic book series, Wendy, exploring the narrative of a fictional young woman living in an urban centre, who aspires to global success and art stardom but whose dreams are perpetually derailed. The position of the outsider and shape shifter is central to this body of work and the influence of feminist icons such as Elle Woods in Legally Blonde or artist, punk poet, experimental novelist and filmmaker Kathy Acker lingers. Recent exhibitions include Fictive Communities, Koganecho Bazaar, Yokohama, Japan 2014, Pre-Existing Work, Macaulay & Co. Fine Art, Vancouver 2015, and Stopping the Sun in Its Course, Francois Ghebaly Gallery, Los Angeles 2015.

About the AGO Artist-in-Residence program
The Artist-in-Residence program fosters connections between the AGO and Toronto-based contemporary artists, encouraging new forms of expression and audience engagement. The first of its kind at a major Canadian art institution, the program engages directly with the art community, while creating an experience for visitors that is unique and intimate. Artist projects may take various forms, including performances, events, talks, pop-up installations and gallery interventions.

For further information visit our website.

The AGO acknowledges the generous support of the RBC Emerging Artists Project, Signature Partner of AGO Artist Projects.


Upcoming exhibitions
On now until January 31: J.M.W. Turner: Painting Set Free
On now until April 3: Drawing Je’taime
January 30–July 17: Song Dong’s Communal Courtyard
March 12–May 29: Outsiders: American Photography and Film, 1950s–1980s

The Art Gallery of Ontario is funded in part by the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport. Additional operating support is received from the City of Toronto, the Canada Council for the Arts and generous contributions from AGO members, donors and private-sector partners.

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