Carnival of Sorts

Jennifer Chan, Adrienne Crossman, Lorna Mills

Curated by Jacqueline Mabey/f̶a̶i̶l̶e̶d̶ ̶p̶r̶o̶j̶e̶c̶t̶s̶

September 11 – October 31, 2015

Opening Reception: Friday, September 11, 6-9 pm

Collaborative Discussion and .gif-making workshop: Sunday, September 13, 1:30-5 pm (held in collaboration with InterAccess)

G Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition of works by Jennifer Chan, Adrienne Crossman, and Lorna Mills, entitled Carnival of Sorts, curated by Jacqueline Mabey/f̶a̶i̶l̶e̶d̶ ̶p̶r̶o̶j̶e̶c̶t̶s̶. All three artists appropriate images from popular culture and through their isolation and repetition, transform the arsenal of rehearsed, gendered poses of romance, suggesting other modalities of being.

Jennifer Chan’s P.A.U.L. (2013) draws mainly from yaoi, or Boy’s Love genre of anime. Remixed with dance music and the description of an ideal date, the work plums the mobility of desire. Adrienne Crossman’s Workout Series (2013) is sourced from exercise videos, cultural products intended to make bodies conform to gender-normative models of attractiveness. In a gesture of liberation, she transforms these bodied into fantastic, pan-sexual entities. Lorna Mills gathers together similar gestures; here, tongues and licking. Their isolation and preponderance, set in the infinite loop of the animated .gif, makes them darkly absurd.


Carnival of Sorts is curated by Jacqueline Mabey/f̶a̶i̶l̶e̶d̶ ̶p̶r̶o̶j̶e̶c̶t̶s̶, in collaboration with G Gallery.

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We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, which last year invested $153 million to bring the arts to Canadians throughout the country.

Nous remercions le Conseil des arts du Canada de son soutien. L’an dernier, le Conseil a investi 153 millions de dollars pour mettre de l’art dans la vie des Canadiennes et des Canadiens de tout le pays.