Commercial awning canvas on painting stretchers 2012
September 17 to November 11
This is a two pronged exhibition located at Convenience gallery (58 Lansdowne Avenue, Toronto), and La Vitrine (2126 rue Rachel, Montréal). Both galleries share similar characteristics that inspired a simultaneous exhibition pairing the two spaces. La Vitrine and Convenience are both modest shop-fronts with symmetrical window bays, autonomously “artist run”, and architecturally blending into their surroundings. Curiously, both window front spaces include tattered awnings which point to their previous use as retail shops (Convenience gallery, a corner store, La Vitrine, a men’s clothier).
The tenor of the exhibition is a site-sensitive endeavour in which we have removed the disheveled awnings from both shop fronts. These old striped awnings (or auvents in french) have been stretched onto painter stretcher bars, ‘tailored’ into two groups of flat two dimensional objects and ‘put to work’ in order to resemble paintings. Each group of awning works have beenswapped with their counterpart and exhibited in opposite galleries: Convenience gallery awning presented in Montreal, La Vitrine awning displayed in Toronto. Both groups consist of varying sizes of supports based on the standard analogue photographic paper printing format: 4″x5″, 5″x7″, 8″x10″, 11″x14″, 16″x20″, 20″x24″, 24″x30″, 30″x40″. For detaileddocumentation of this exhibition, please see:
Lorna Bauer is an artist who lives and works in Montréal. She has presented her work in solo exhibitions at Sporobole; YYZ Artist Outlet; Gallery Les Territoires; The University of Toronto Art Centre and in the Projection Access Space at the Art Gallery of Mississauga. Recently, Bauer’s work was included in The Work Ahead of Us at the Musée d’art Contemporain deMontréal; Decisive Moments, Somewhere Else at Trinity Square Video, and Art Metropole. Her video work has been screened at the Art Gallery of Hamilton and Nuit Blanche Toronto (2007, 2009). Upcoming activities include solo exhibitions at Galerie Nicolas Robert; DAÏMÕN (w Jon Knowles), and a collaborative production residency and exhibition (w Jon Knowles) throughDazibao-PRIM. This past year Bauer was artist-in-residence in New York City as part of the Québec-New York State residency program supported by the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec.
Jon Knowles’ recent solo exhibitions include Blood Oranges at Laroche/Joncas and Mixed Misuse at the Darling Foundry. Knowles was included in group exhibitions at The Musée d’art Contemporain de Montréal, Düsseldorf Kunstverein, Pavilion Projects, Cooper Gallery, and Dalhousie Art Gallery. Along with Vincent Bonin, Knowles produced the exhibition Blooming Flowers on the Coffee Table for Artexte. As a member of Knowles Eddy Knowles he has produced commissions, performances, and exhibitions for TENT, Portikus, Apex Art, Presentation House Gallery, FormContent, Fabrica del Vapore, Centre de Recherche Urbaine de Montréal, Museo Studio del Tessuto, The Store/Vitamin Creative Space, Galerie Séquence and Leonard & Bina Ellen Art Gallery. In 2013, Knowles will present a new solo project at Vox Centre de l’imageContemporaine and will be collaborating again with Lorna Bauer for a residency and exhibition through PRIM and Dazibao.