MKG127 is very pleased to present Holder, an exhibition of
new work by David R.Harper, and Go with the Flow by
Jennifer Marman & Daniel Borins in MKG127's lightbox.
Opening Saturday September 10, from 2 - 5 PM.
In this exhibition, Harper investigates both the exalting and constricting feelings associated with holding and being held. Typically understood as comforting or reassuring, Harper complicates the act of holding by underscoring the person (or thing) who is doing the holding. Being held to a standard, holding you up, barely holding on. More than an idea of security, Holder explores the moment in which the center will not hold. Using a variety of techniques and tactics, Harper reveals the tenderness and trauma inherent in this simple act.
David R. Harper (b. Toronto, Canada / Lives and Works in Wisconsin) received his BFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in Halifax in 2006 and his MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in Fiber and Material Studies in 2011.
He has been included in group shows in the US and Canada, most notably Oh, Canada (MASS MoCA), Builders; Canadian Biennial (National Gallery of Canada), and has participated in numerous solo exhibitions including Skin and Bone (Textile Museum of Canada), Paradise (The Butchers Daughter, Detroit), Plateau (South Bend Museum of Art) and My Own Personal Ghost (The John Michael Kohler Art Center). A solo touring exhibition of Harper's work titled Entre Le Chien et Le Loup was organized by the University of Toronto in 2013 in partnership with Kitchener-Waterloo Gallery (Ontario), The Kenderdine (Saskatchewan), Ottawa Art Gallery and St. Mary's University Gallery (Nova Scotia).
He has participated in several residencies including Bemis Center for Contemporary Art (2014), Kohler Arts Industry (2012/2014) and most recently the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation Residency in Captiva Florida.
His work can be found in a number of notable collections including The National Gallery of Canada, the Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation in Los Angeles, Scrap Metal in Toronto, The Claridge Collection in Montreal, The John Michael Kohler Art Center, and the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia.
Holder continues until October 8.
Deceptively simple in title, Go with the Flow is a subtle yet disruptive intervention.
Presented as abstract geometric signage, Jennifer Marman and Daniel Borin's project acts as a form of camouflage in an urban context. The public presence of MKG127 becomes obscured: it is as if the storefront signage has been disrupted by a visual jamming device. Two-dimensional graphic patterns layered on the sign's surface result in a shifting and blurring of focus. This visual distortion proposes a narrative interpretation: a dissonance can be observed in the changing face of Dundas West.
Jennifer Marman and Daniel Borins have been making large-format sculpture, mixed media, installation and electronic art since 2000.
Jennifer Marman is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario. Daniel Borins is a graduate of McGill University. Both Marman and Borins graduated from the Ontario College of Art and Design in 2001 – where they first met and began collaborating together.
In Spring 2016, their solo exhibition "The Collaborationists" was on view at Art Gallery of Windsor. Produced by the art Gallery of Hamilton and the Robert McLaughlin Gallery, the exhibition also toured to the Southern Alberta Art Gallery and the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art. At the same time, they mounted their second solo show with Cristin Tierney Gallery, New York.
Marman and Borins' work is in public collections, including the National Gallery of Canada, the Art Gallery of Ontario and The Robert McLaughlin Gallery. Recent public projects include a pedestrian bridge in Toronto's Southcore Financial Centre, an animated video sculpture on Toronto's John Street, as well as a commission for the West Don Lands village.
Marman and Borins have lectured at galleries and institutions both nationally and internationally, including recent engagements at Concordia University, Montreal; the Tulane School of Architecture, New Orleans; and SOMA, Mexico City, Mexico.
Go with the Flow will remain on view for approximately one year.