You Can’t Steal A Gift

Satellite - you can't steal a gift-photo

Opening Friday, April 28, 2017 – 7:30pm-9:30pm

Satellite Project Space [121 Dundas Street, London, Ontario]

Exhibition Runs: Friday, April 28 through Saturday, May 6th

Inspiration could be called inhaling the memory of an act never experienced but when damn near everything presents itself as familiar-it’s not a surprise that some try to make the familiar strange. You Can’t Steal A Gift is a multifaceted group exhibition by artists who savour collage, the art form of the twentieth century (never mind the twenty-first). At the centre of the exhibition ideas and techniques related to appropriation, the commons, sampling, the remix and “the art of the second use” converge.

A time is marked not so much by the ideas that are argued about as by the ideas that are taken for granted. Any artist knows these truths.

You Can’t Steal A Gift

Friday, April 28 through Saturday, May 6th

with works by:

Christina Battle

Christie Dreise

Tyler Durbano

Sharmistha Kar

Matthew Trueman

Michelle Wilson

Exhibition hours:

Saturday April 29 – 12pm-5pm

Sunday April 30 – Closed

Monday May 1 thru 5th 2:30pm – 7pm

Saturday May 6 – 12-5pm

Thank you to: Kim Moodie, Susan Edelstein, ArtLab Gallery and Satellite Project Space.

Artist Bios:

Originally from Edmonton (AB), Christina Battle is currently based in London (ON). Her works are often inspired by the role of official and non-official archives, our notions of evidence and explore themes of history and counter-memory, political mythology and environmental catastrophe. Especially interested in how our engagement with media shapes our understanding and interpretation of information, her current research focuses on thinking more critically about the tools of technology, especially social media, as part of contemporary language and considering the role that they are playing in changing not only the way that we receive but also in how we expect visual information to be. []

Christie Dreise is an artist and student of art history, living in rural southwestern Ontario. She is interested in the various connections – both weak and strong – between identity and place, and the complicated relationships between people and the natural environment, especially in Canada. In “Two Months of Canadian Things” she performed a daily activity in which she did one “Canadian Thing” every day for the months of February and March.

Tyler Durbano holds a BFA from NSCAD University and a BA from Acadia University. He has exhibited in venues throughout Nova Scotia and Ontario, including the Anna Leonowens Gallery, Eyelevel Gallery, the MacLaren Art Centre and Gallery 111. In 2013, he completed a year-long Community Studio Residency in New Glasgow, Nova Scotia. He is currently an MFA candidate at the University of Western Ontario.

Sharmistha Kar is an art practitioner from India, currently living and working in London, Ontario. She is pursuing her MFA degree at University of Western Ontario, focusing on hand embroidery. She completed her first Master degree in Painting from University of Hyderabad, India, in 2009. She has completed a three-month weaving course from Weavers Service Center, Hyderabad, as she thinks that this supports and widens the possibility to incorporate with a much practiced technique with her already existing 7 years old hand embroidery as medium of her expression. The past strengthens, the present encourages and the future motivates Kar’s living and art practice. She influences herself by seeing, walking, smelling and talking with the place and people. Reading supports her thought process. She had exhibited in India, United Kingdom and the USA.

Matthew Trueman has an engineering background but chose to pursue the arts, suspicious of how engineering never asked “why”, creating solutions that would often end up creating new problems in an endless cycle. Prior to video and sculpture (which draws from his experience as a carpenter), Trueman worked with printmaking and photography. He is currently half way through my Master of Fine Arts at Western University, and concurrently works at Museum London.

In her work, Michelle Wilson explores the use of inter-media art as a conduit for imagining alternate political and personal realities in which non-human animals are afforded relational and differentiated rights. Collaborating with bison, conservation officers, Indigenous community members, and local naturalists Wilson’s work aims make palpable the presence and absence of the bison, as well as their inseparability from this land and its people.

Wilson received her BFA from the University of Ottawa in 2005 and graduated with highest honours from the School of Photographic Arts, Ottawa in 2008. She represented Canada at the Recontres d’Arles in 2008, and, more recently, presented at the 14th annual Institute for Critical Animal Studies Conference. In 2015, she successfully defended her MFA thesis, ANIMA: Visual Art as a Vehicle for Exploring Other Modes of Relatedness. She is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Art and Visual Culture at the University of Western Ontario.