By artist Heather Cassils, presented in collaboration with FEM.ME.S: Feminist Media Studio
Monday March 11 at 6 pm
IN CONJUCTION WITH THE EXHIBITION:
MATERIAL TRACES: TIME AND THE GESTURE IN CONTEMPORARY ART
Is art an object or a process? Is it "material" or "trace"? Shifts in art practice over the past 50 years, particularly in art world centers in Europe and the US, and more recently in Canada, Australia, and New Zealand, have profoundly challenged Enlightenment to modern conceptions of the work of art, in European aesthetics, defined as an object, more or less static in meaning and value over time. Material Traces presents work from the past fifteen years by artists from around the world which draws on the legacy of performative intermedial practices from the 1960s and 1970s to foreground the processes and materiality of making, whether in wood, paint, performance, video, or other media. In this way the work in Material Traces stresses the interrelational bonds between art makers and viewers. The emphasis in the exhibition is on works that foreground aspects of making, activating aspects of temporality, in order to connect in conceptual and material ways to viewers at a later time. By activating future viewers, these works have the potential to create historical bonds with past contexts and agents, and thus to elicit political thought in the present.
HEATHER CASSILS is originally from Montreal and currently lives and works in in Los Angeles. She completed a BFA at the Nova Scotia College of Art And Design in 1996 and an MFA at California Institute of the Arts in 2002. Studying closely with her mentor Michael Asher, Cassils was inspired by the history of Womanhouse, the legacy of conceptual art, and institutional critique. Cassils is a founding member of the Los Angeles based performance group the Toxic Titties.
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