bones kneel in company a group exhibition featuring sculpture, video, and performance by MAURA DOYLE // JULIANA PIVATO // LAURA TALER at BLINK Gallery

Artists’ statement:  Employing sculpture, performance and timebased media, the exhibition addresses temporality beyond its spatial representation. 06_Taler_InCompanyPerforming in resistance to linear narrative, these works offer strategies for engaging with the residue of sequential experience. Songs are sung backwards and out of order; porcelain bones speak of the past and future through their fragility and permanence; and a performance through touch emphasizes what is occurring in the present.

02_Doyle_pressMaura Doyles Bone Dump is a pile of over eight thousand porcelain bones, each one individually sculpted by hand. Our bones will outlive us and all living vertebrates including Stegosaurus, red-winged blackbirds, killer whales, hot dog vendors and CEOs. Like bone, porcelain can break; but if respected, it can remain intact for millennia. Bone Dump signifies the end of life (death) but also the end of its own construction. This work was originally presented at Nuit Blanche Toronto in 2011.

Juliana Pivatos Trading Surfaces is a single channel video in which chance operations determine a new order for the 1979 ballad Company by Rickie Lee Jones. The lyrics are notated onto 187 hand-printed cards. The song is then shuffled, drawn, and performed. Yesterday Wants More is a backwards and a cappella performance of the song Yesterday Once More (Carpenters, 1973). Pivato_YesterdayThe work was premiered in Volume: Hear Here, at Justina M. Barnicke Gallery, Toronto, 2013.

Laura Taler’s In Company is a performance with closed eyes that amplifies the risks inherent in touch while pointing to the generosity that is necessary when two people move together. The sculptures kneel and The Soldier and the Braid similarly address touch. By emphasizing the tactility of materials, they destabilize what is often a quick identification and categorization of objects through visual memory. The Soldier and the Braid was originally exhibited at the Gladstone Hotel’s The Annual, Toronto, 2012.

Please join the artists for the following events during the exhibition AUG 8 to 18, 2013:

thursday AUGUST 8 6 to 9 pm opening // 7:30 pm performance by Pivato & Taler

saturday AUGUST 10 12 to 5 pm // 3 pm performance by Pivato & Taler +

[FAMILY DAY // This kid friendly event will include a bone and watermelon picnic]

Watermelon picnic and bone hunt

Watermelon picnic and bone hunt

Bone hunt success

Bone hunt success

[rain date for FAMILY DAY is AUGUST 11 ]

The artists would like to thank the Carleton University Art Gallery, SAW Gallery, the Ontario Arts Council, the City of Ottawa, BLINK Gallery and all the helpers for supporting this exhibition


FRI 12-7 pm

SAT 12-5 pm

SUN 12–5 pm

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