|Panya Clark Espinal:
Exhibition extended to August 5, 2010
Curator: Mona Filip
Presented by Koffler Gallery Off-Site at Mon Ton Window Gallery, 402 College Street (Click here for a map)
Closing Reception and Publication Launch: Thursday, August 5, 7 – 9 PM | FREE
Artist Panya Clark Espinal and writer Shannon Anderson will be in attendance
Regular exhibition hours: On view 24 hours a day, 7 days a week | Admission is FREE
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Download the exhibition brochure here (PDF)
Through her mixed media installations, Toronto artist Panya Clark Espinal questions notions of authenticity, appropriation, reproduction, collection, and display. She investigates the nature of representation as practiced and engaged through the institutions of culture-making. A masterful creator of experiences, Clark Espinal’s evocative re-invigoration of already existent images brings fresh perspectives and renewed intimacy to the act of looking.
Before the closure of the old Koffler building, Clark Espinal removed a section of the wood-and-glass display case that had lined the lobby of the Gallery. With Vagabond Vitrine, she transforms this uprooted institutional vestige into a temporary sculpture. The installation converges with the fixed architecture of a former storefront on College Street, now an artist studio and window gallery.
Reflecting on the current nomadic circumstances of the Gallery, the displaced structure of Vagabond Vitrine splices with the storefront window and its re-imagined contents, in a nostalgic search to recover purpose. Inside, fragmented traces of a natural history diorama infuse the Vitrine with the uncanny qualities of a lost Cabinet of Curiosities. Emulating old-fashioned museum displays, the migrant structure alludes to the history of cultural representations of nature and to outdated modes of presentation that still capture public affection with an aura of fantasy, idealism and romance.
Visible at any time, Vagabond Vitrine insinuates itself in the city landscape and offers passers-by an extraordinary moment in the midst of daily rush or in the mystery of the night, bringing art to the everyday. While evoking the constant transformation of the urban setting, the installation reflects on the unsettled connection between culture and nature, and on the pervasive power of the museum to equally educate and manipulate, enchant and ensnare.
An exhibition brochure featuring an essay by independent writer, curator and editor Shannon Anderson will accompany the exhibition and is forthcoming.
Koffler Gallery is generously supported by:
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Panya Clark Espinal was awarded the Governor General’s Medal upon graduating from the Ontario College of Art in 1988. Her practice as a multi-media installation artist has scrutinized and engaged the mechanisms that drive the making of meaning in our culture. She has shown across Canada and in several international cities including Tokyo and London. Key solo exhibitions include Oakville Galleries (2001); the Canadian Embassy, Tokyo (1999); the National Gallery of Canada (1995); Art Gallery of Ontario (1994); and the Southern Alberta Art Gallery (1994). More recently she co-led a collaborative project for the Harbourfront Centre entitled The Terrarium Project. In addition, She has completed a number public art commissions including Toronto’s Bayview Subway Station and is currently working on projects for the City of Mississauga, the Toronto Transit Commission and North Toronto Collegiate Institute. She is represented by Christopher Cutts Gallery in Toronto.Visit www.panya.ca for more details.
All installation images: Isaac Applebaum.
|Location:||Koffler Gallery Off-Site at Mon Ton Window Gallery, 402 College Street