The Power Plant

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)

Past Exhibition

Dec 15 2006 – Feb 08 2007

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 16 December, 2006 - 9 February, 2007 ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Curated by 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.

Supporting Donors

Jeff Stober
The Drake Hotel

Support of Luis Jacob’s From Stream to Golden Stream

Thomas H. Bjarnason

30 taxidermic pigeons. Courtesy the artist and Birch Libralato, Toronto. Photo: Rafael Goldchain.

Photo: Rafael Goldchain.

35mm film transferred to DVD, 7 min. Courtesy the artist and Diaz Contemporary, Toronto. Photo: Rafael Goldchain.

Dual-channel DVD, 15:33 min. Courtesy the artist and Wynick/Tuck, Toronto. Photo: Rafael Goldchain.

Photo: Rafael Goldchain.

Photo: Rafael Goldchain.

About the Artists


AA Bronson

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Derek Sullivan

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Pae White

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