The Power Plant

Length, Breadth, Thickness and—Duration

Beth Stuart

Past Exhibition

Sep 15 – Dec 30 2018

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Beth Stuart, Bathing Machine. Installation view: The Power Plant, 2018. Photo: Toni Hafkenscheid.


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CURATOR

Justine Kohleal, RBC Curatorial fellow

Length, Breadth, Thickness and—Duration by Toronto-based artist Beth Stuart presents a body of new work that expands from the inside of the gallery towards Lake Ontario. At the core of the exhibition is a critical engagement with the Victorian-era bathing machine, which emerged as members of the European gentry began to take to the seaside. The placement of Stuart’s Bathing Machine (2018) next to Lake Ontario not only refers to its original purpose, it also speaks to Stuart’s interest in the reclamation of public space by unruly bodies and ideas that push back against established norms. Whereas the Victorian bathing machine represents an oppressive architecture of control and exclusion, the artist’s Bathing Machine becomes a reflexive, self-critical structure open to new uses and interpretations.

Inside the gallery, the bathing machine is further deconstructed and placed in dialogue with the garment patterns of twentieth century French fashion designer Madeleine Vionnet. Most famous for the invention of the bias cut, Vionnet’s clothes were designed to cling to, rather than squeeze, the body. She was also responsible for developing some of the first transitional beach fashion for women, referred to as pyjamas de plage. In conjunction with the Bathing Machine, Stuart’s plaster sculptures recalling Vionnet’s patterns ask us to reconsider the aesthetic and moral codes from the past and how they persist in the spaces we inhabit today.

Beth Stuart- Length, Breadth, Thickness and – Duration. Installation view- The Power Plant, Toronto, 2018. Photo- Toni Hafkenscheid..webp

Beth Stuart- Length, Breadth, Thickness and – Duration. Installation view- The Power Plant, Toronto, 2018. Photo- Toni Hafkenscheid..webp

Beth Stuart: Length, Breadth, Thickness and – Duration. Installation view: The Power Plant, Toronto, 2018. Photo: Toni Hafkenscheid.

Beth Stuart: Length, Breadth, Thickness and – Duration. Installation view: The Power Plant, Toronto, 2018. Photo: Toni Hafkenscheid

Beth Stuart: Length, Breadth, Thickness and – Duration. Installation view: The Power Plant, Toronto, 2018. Photo: Toni Hafkenscheid

Beth Stuart: Length, Breadth, Thickness and – Duration. Installation view: The Power Plant, Toronto, 2018. Photo: Toni Hafkenscheid

Beth Stuart: Length, Breadth, Thickness and – Duration. Installation view: The Power Plant, Toronto, 2018. Photo: Toni Hafkenscheid

Beth Stuart: Length, Breadth, Thickness and – Duration. Installation view: The Power Plant, Toronto, 2018. Photo: Toni Hafkenscheid.

Beth Stuart: Length, Breadth, Thickness and – Duration. Installation view: The Power Plant, Toronto, 2018. Photo: Toni Hafkenscheid.

Preview of Beth Stuart's Length, Breadth, Thickness and—Duration at The Power Plant, 2018. Mike McDougall.


The Toronto Islands Performance, “Beth Stuart, Length, Breadth, Thickness and — Duration.

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About the Artist


Beth Stuart

Beth Stuart (born 1979 in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan) lives and works in Toronto.