The Same Thing Looks Different
Jun 23 – Sep 04 2023
Jen Aitken, Altered Cylinder A (Reaching), 2023. Epoxy resin and fibreglass cloth. Photo: Toni Hafkenscheid
- MAJOR DONORS
Katy Graham Debost
Richard and Donna Ivey
- SUPPORTING DONORS
Sherri and William Appell
Adelina Vlas, Head of Curatorial Affairs
- ASSISTANT CURATOR
Jacqueline Kok, Nancy McCain & Bill Morneau Curatorial Fellow, 2021–23
Jen Aitken is a Toronto-based artist whose first major institutional presentation features both new commissions and a selection of existing concrete sculptures. Primarily working in sculpture, Aitken’s practice considers how we relate to space, form, and material as we move through our urban environment. Common building materials—concrete, wood, and fibreglass—are formed into unexpected and ambiguous configurations that engage with the viewer's body and interact with the gallery's architecture. Aitken will also debut her first video installation, animating the geometric lexicon of her sculptures into an immersive prelude to the exhibition.
About the Artist
Jen Aitken (b.1985) makes sculptures and drawings that combine perceptual ambiguity with structural clarity. Based in Toronto, she received her MFA in 2014 from the University of Guelph, and her BFA in 2010 from Emily Carr University, Vancouver. Aitken received a Toronto Friends of the Visual Arts Award in 2021, and the Hnatyshyn Foundation and TD Bank Emerging Visual Artist Award in 2017.