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  • Mac Laren Art Centre Vernissage July 4th

    Mac Laren Art Centre Vernissage July 4th

    Ève K. Tremblay, Femmes, feuilles et astrocyte, 2016, 30x35.5cm, crayon on acid free paper

    What is here has echoed
    Therese Bolliger, Aidan Cowling, Yam Lau, Max Lupo, Ève K. Tremblay, Olivia Whetung
    July 4 to October 27, 2019
    Janice Laking Gallery at

    Mac Laren Art Center

    Curator: Emily McKibbon
    Reception: Thursday, July 4, 7 to 9 pm

    This group exhibition looks at artistic strategies to manifest, memorialize or make permanent language or knowledge at risk of being erased. Therese Bolliger (Toronto) and Ève K. Tremblay (Montreal/Plattsburgh, NY) examine personal experiences: Bolliger explores moments of intense engagement with artworks while Tremblay shares her experiences at the edge of a threatened landscape. Video installations by Aidan Cowling (Guelph) and Yam Lau (Toronto) reveal encounters with specific communities: Lau’s project examines Nüshu, a written syllabary used by women in the Jiangyong region of feudal China; and Cowling, demagnetized tapes of erotica from the collection of the ArQuives, Toronto. Max Lupo (Newmarket) renders authorship algorithmic, coding a machine to generate texts using the voices of Nietszche, Shakespeare and Gertrude Stein. Olivia Whetung (Chemong Lake) translates digital photographs of the natural world into beadworks, suggesting time signatures and cultural practices much longer than colonial ones. As a whole, What is here has echoed offers a glimpse into how artists encode memory into works intended to withstand the exigencies of time. - Emily McKibbon