"I think you’re wonderful and so does everyone else"
Nadia Belerique, Mark Clintberg, Kristie MacDonald, Mungo Thomson
Curated by The Venn Diagram (Kristin Weckworth and Jon Davies)
May 15 – June 13, 2015
Opening Reception: Thursday, May 14, 6-9 pm
Featuring work by artists Nadia Belerique, Mark Clintberg, Kristie MacDonald, and Mungo Thomson, “I think you’re wonderful and so does everyone else” is the closing chapter of the three-part exhibition Your Undoing, curated by The Venn Diagram (Kristin Weckworth and Jon Davies). This presentation at G Gallery follows on “That’s not a run in your stocking, it’s a hand on your leg” and “Relax a little; one of your most celebrated nervous tics will be your undoing,” which took place at Narwhal Projects in 2012–13.
Drawing once more on a verse from the 1962 poem “Lines for the Fortune Cookies” by Frank O’Hara, this presentation concludes the project’s thematic thread of formal and physical breakdown, transformation and reconstitution. While feet and guts were the bodily motifs of the first two iterations of Your Undoing, here the focus is on the head. The walls will be strewn with faces past and present, famous and anonymous, with a particular focus on how these images of people change over time, risking illegibility and invisibility. In Montreal-based Mark Clintberg’s ongoing project Hair (2012– ), he re-photographs the out-of-fashion and sun-faded portraits of men displayed in barbershop windows. He then ink-jet prints them at different scales on fragile newsprint, where they continue to fade and disintegrate exposed to the light and air of the gallery space. Los Angeles-based Mungo Thomson’s video Untitled (TIME) (2010), part of a sprawling multi-faceted project inspired by the iconic weekly news magazine, brings an encyclopedic structure to bear on the relationship between the human face and time’s passing. This short, silent video – projected at an intimate, true-to-life scale – sifts through hundreds and hundreds of TIME magazine front covers over almost a century of publishing. Most carry a portrait of a Very Important Person, but they pass by so fast that History blurs together into one abstracted rush. Toronto-based Kristie MacDonald traces the ravages of time by meticulously recreating detritus. Her Doppelgängers (2013–15) began with found cancelled stamps of the Queen and discarded hand-written notes. MacDonald meticulously copies these stamps and notes down to the grain of the paper and the composition of the ink, using printing techniques to produce her counterfeits. MacDonald’s ongoing “ripped picture” series sees her carefully staging scenes from found, ripped photographs with models and props in order to fill in the blanks that have been lost. Her labour is exacting and obsessive. Finally, as with prior presentations of Your Undoing, Toronto-based artist Nadia Belerique will create a new installation project for “I think you’re wonderful and so does everyone else.” Populated by several human-scaled sculptural works as well as other components, Belerique’s installation will draw on the web of looks, reflections and doubling at play around it.
Nadia Belerique is an artist who lives and works in Toronto. She constructs installations that engage with the poetics of perception and ask how images perform in contemporary culture. She received her MFA from the University of Guelph in 2012, and has recently exhibited at venues such as Daniel Faria Gallery, Diaz Contemporary and Gallery TPW (Toronto), as well as 221A (Vancouver) and Kunsthalle Wien. Her exhibition with Lili Huston-Herterich and Laurie Kang at The Power Plant (Toronto) opens in June 2015.
Mark Clintberg is a Montreal-based artist who works in the field of art history, and curates exhibitions. He earned his PhD in Art History from Concordia University in 2013, where he is an Assistant Professor, LTA. He was shortlisted for the 2013 Sobey Art Award, and in 2013 and 2014 he was an artist in residence on Fogo Island, Newfoundland. His work has been shown in venues such as the National Gallery of Canada (Ottawa), Art Gallery of Alberta (Edmonton), Illingworth Kerr Gallery (Calgary), and The Banff Centre.
Kristie MacDonald is an artist based in Toronto. She holds a BFA from York University specializing in Visual Arts (2008), and an MI from the University of Toronto specializing in Archival Studies (2011). Her practice engages notions of the archive and the collection, as well as their roles in the evolving meanings and contextual histories of images and artifacts. She has recently exhibited her work at Reed Collage (Portland), Artspace (Peterborough), the International Print Center (New York), and Gallery 44 (Toronto).
Mungo Thomson is an artist based in Los Angeles. He has had solo projects and performances at Kadist Art Foundation (San Francisco and Paris), ArtPace (San Antonio), The High Line (New York), SITE Santa Fe, Times Museum (Guangzhou), Hammer Museum (Los Angeles), and GAMeC (Bergamo), among others. His work was included in the 2nd CAFAM Biennale (Beijing), Pacific Standard Time (Los Angeles), 12th Istanbul Biennial and the 2008 Whitney Biennial (New York), among others. Upcoming solo exhibitions will take place at the Contemporary Art Gallery (Vancouver) and Centre Georges Pompidou (Paris).