We Can Do This Now
Martin Bennett, Ian Carr-Harris, Kristan Horton, Oliver Husain, Luis Jacob, Tania Kitchell, Scott Lyall, Kelly Mark, Paulette Phillips, Derek Sullivan, Daniel Young & Christian Giroux (with cameo appearances by Fiona Banner, AA Bronson, Jonathan Monk, Pae White)
Dec 15 2006 – Feb 08 2007
Paulette Phillips, Still from Crosstalk, 2006 35mm film transferred to DVD, 7 min. Courtesy the artist and Diaz Contemporary, Toronto.
- SUPPORTING DONORS
Jeff Stober The Drake Hotel
- SUPPORT OF LUIS JACOB’S FROM STREAM TO GOLDEN STREAM
Thomas H. Bjarnason
Gregory Burke and Helena Reckitt
_We Can Do This Now _responds to Toronto’s art scene at a time when the excitement over new buildings for the city’s arts organizations is creating a climate of expectation.
Recognizing this spirit of the time, the exhibition draws on ideas of potential and possibility by focusing on what constitutes a strong arts community and how artistic ideas are generated and sustained. Curators Gregory Burke and Helena Reckitt resist the attempt to survey local artistic tendencies. Instead they select work by a limited number of Toronto-based artists from several generations in order to explore themes of contemporary art production, presentation and reception. They also seek to trace a set of relationships and attitudes before they have crystallized into an identifiable art movement or set of formal properties.
Some artists consider practices of collaboration and collectivity that have been important to the art scene in Toronto, while others posit art institutions as potential incubators of contemporary art. Rather than aiming to define or historicize Toronto’s aesthetic legacy, the exhibition speculates about the possibilities for art and artists at a moment when the city’s identity as a cultural centre is widely debated. The exhibition also seeks to rupture the sense of Toronto’s art world as a self-enclosed entity, including cameo appearances from artists working outside the city.
Luis Jacob, From Stream to Golden Stream, 2006 30 taxidermic pigeons. Courtesy the artist and Birch Libralato, Toronto. Photo: Rafael Goldchain.
We Can Do This Now with work by Tania Kitchell, Kristan Horton and Daniel Young & Christian Giroux. Photo: Rafael Goldchain.
Paulette Phillips, Crosstalk, 2006 35mm film transferred to DVD, 7 min. Courtesy the artist and Diaz Contemporary, Toronto. Photo: Rafael Goldchain.
Kelly Mark, Pete & Devon, 2006. Dual-channel DVD, 15:33 min. Courtesy the artist and Wynick/Tuck, Toronto. Photo: Rafael Goldchain.
We Can Do This Now with work by Ian Carr-Harris and Oliver Husain Photo: Rafael Goldchain.
Scott Lyall, pedagogical fidelity /[a[ ]ex] [a[ ]ex], 2006 Photo: Rafael Goldchain.
About the Artists
AA Bronson is an artist living and working in Toronto and Berlin.
Derek Sullivan (born 1976 in Richmond Hill, ON) is a contemporary visual artist based in Toronto.
Kelly Mark was born in Welland, Ontario in 1967.
Pae White is a contemporary American artist that creates large-scale, mixed-media installations concerned with shifting associations of familiar objects.
Scott Lyall lives in Toronto and received his MFA in 1993 from CalArts.