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David R. Harper Entre le chien et le loup Monica Tap the pace of days

MKG127 is delighted to present a joint catalogue launch,
David R. Harper: Entre le chien et le loup & Monica Tap: the pace of days

Tuesday September 2, 7 – 9 pm

The Doris McCarthy Gallery and Macdonald Stewart Art Centre are teaming up to launch two recent publications by Canadian artists – the DMG’s David R. Harper: Entre le chien et le loup and MSAC’s Monica Tap: the pace of days. Join us as we celebrate at MKG127, with the artists in attendance. Copies of the publications will be available for sale, at special launch day pricing!

Published by the Doris McCarthy Gallery in partnership with the Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery, Kenderdine Art Gallery / College Art Galleries, Ottawa Art Gallery, and Saint Mary’s University Art Gallery, to accompanying the touring exhibition of the same name, Entre le chien et le loup is David R. Harper’s first monograph. Speaking to the intersections of personal and universal mythologies, liminality, and identity, Harper engages the viewer in a dialogue on the metaphoric weight that objects present both historically and emotionally. Designer Lauren Wickware was informed by vintage science texts, creating a stunning hardcover publication in a laser-cut, night-sky-blue slipcase. The suggestion of the constellations, and the wonder they behold, continues inside the book as the reader explores the work of the artist through more than forty full-colour illustrations. An introduction by Ann MacDonald, and texts by Robin Metcalfe, Crystal Mowry, Jan Peacock, and Lisa Stone and Jim Zanzi further contextualize and complement the work.

Published by the Macdonald Stewart Art Centre, the pace of days richly documents Monica Tap’s recent solo exhibition of the same name. Through paintings that engage tropes of both representation and abstraction, Tap systematically investigates time—the passage of time, how it is measured, and our understanding of it in the digital age—and uses the motif of landscape to push at the perimeters of what we know and understand of painting, performed in collusion with both abstraction and the process and aesthetic of time-based media. The exhibition and catalogue prominently feature the pace of days, Tap’s newest and largest series composed of 36 pairs of paintings in which she mapped the landscape along the ancient pilgrim route known as the Camino Frances, setting a conceptual framework through which to document her experience. Tap stopped every hour to take a single photographic frame of the road travelled and the road ahead, locating herself in a time and place between the images she captured on camera and those that she would later translate in paint on paper. The catalogue, designed by Zab Design & Typography Inc, contains essays by senior art critics Barry Schwabsky and Christina Ritchie, who offer eloquent and incisive responses to Tap's work. Monica Tap: the pace of days was curated by Dawn Owen.


Doris McCarthy Gallery
University of Toronto Scarborough
1265 Military Trail, Toronto

Macdonald Stewart Art Centre
358 Gordon Street, Guelph


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