Gord Peteran: Undomesticated

photo of a sofa in a wood clad interior space
Wednesday, September 18, 2019 - 10:00am to Sunday, November 17, 2019 - 5:00pm

September 18 – November 17, 2019
Koffler Gallery
Artscape Youngplace, 180 Shaw Street

Artists: Mary Anne Barkhouse, Gwenaël Bélanger, Katherine Boyer, Sandra Brewster, Hannah Claus, Erika DeFreitas, Julie Favreau, Nicolas Fleming, Iris Häussler, Lucy Howe, Gunilla Josephson, Lewis Kaye, Valérie Kolakis, Carmela Laganse, Heather Nicol, Dainesha Nugent-Palache, Gord Peteran, Birthe Piontek, Yannick Pouliot, Adrienne Spier, Karen Tam, Kevin Yates, Shaheer Zazai, Shellie Zhang

Curator: Mona Filip
Art Director: Nicolas Fleming

Fall Opening Reception: Wednesday, September 18, 2019 | 7–9 PM | FREE

Through critical investigations of the domestic realm, Undomesticated considers the psychological, political and emotional layers that shape our sense of home and belonging. Detouring the objects and settings of dwelling spaces, the exhibition addresses an underlying impossibility to fully adapt to or tame our environments in order to construct places where our bodies and psyches can seamlessly fit in.

Driven by survival instinct, humans constantly transform landscapes and ecosystems in search of shelter, security, nourishment, and a more elusive notion of ‘well-being.’ With both positive and negative impact, these transformations seek to eradicate or control what we perceive to be ‘wild’ in search of economic and psychological benefits. Our views and treatment of the natural environment are paralleled in our homes where domesticating tendencies fully manifest in our endless pursuit of comfort.

Engaging with different aspects of the household territory, the artists in this exhibition explore both the influences of external pressures and the outcomes of inherent politics, ranging from diasporic and colonial experiences to aging or displacement. Working in a wide range of media, they transform the everyday to reveal its hidden, unyielding strangeness. Ubiquitous furniture, objects and materials are stripped of their familiarity to access deeper levels of relationship to our surroundings.

The exhibition extends from the Koffler Gallery into the hallways and stairwells of Artscape Youngplace. The look and function of these public spaces are disrupted by artist Nicolas Fleming who takes on a complex role as the art director of the exhibition, reframing the architectural context for the project and staging the artworks in an immersive environment. Working with building materials and techniques developed through his work as an art installer, Fleming diverts the primary functions of commercial supplies like drywall and plaster, blurring their status by enabling overlooked aesthetic attributes to supersede their intended purpose.

As the initial function of domestic objects is supplanted, the tension between their practical and artistic qualities generates uncertainty and destabilizes assumptions. These alienating ambiguities unwelcome our presence, inviting us perhaps to consider, like philosopher Theodor Adorno, that the highest form of morality might be to not feel at home in one’s own home.

Venue & Address: 
Koffler Gallery Artscape Youngplace, 180 Shaw Street
Website: 
http://kofflerarts.org/news/2019/03/12/undomesticated/

UNDOMESTICATED - Koffler Gallery Fall Exhibition

Undomesticated
Wednesday, September 18, 2019 - 11:00am to Sunday, November 17, 2019 - 4:00pm

Engaging with different aspects of the household territory, the artists in this exhibition explore both the influences of external pressures and the outcomes of inherent politics, ranging from diasporic and colonial experiences to aging or displacement. The exhibition extends from the Koffler Gallery into the hallways and stairwells of Artscape Youngplace. The look and function of these public spaces are disrupted by artist Nicolas Fleming who takes on a complex role as the art director of the exhibition, reframing the architectural context for the project and staging the artworks in an immersive environment. Encompassing a wide range of media, Undomesticated transforms the everyday to reveal its hidden, unyielding strangeness. 

Opening Night

Wednesday September 18th, 2019, 7-9pm 

Undomesticated

Mary Anne Barkhouse, Gwenaël Bélanger, Katherine Boyer, Sandra Brewster, Hannah Claus, Erika DeFreitas, Julie Favreau, Nicolas Fleming, Iris Häussler, Lucy Howe, Gunilla Josephson, Lewis Kaye, Valerie Kolakis, Carmela Laganse, Heather Nicol, Dainesha Nugent-Palache, Gord Peteran, Birthe Piontek, Yannick Pouliot, Adrienne Spier, Karen Tam, Kevin Yates, Shaheer Zazai, Shellie Zhang

Venue & Address: 
Koffler Gallery - Artscape Youngplace, 180 Shaw Street
Email: 
peterans@rogers.com

Gord Peteran - Unlocking the Identity of Things

Wednesday, March 27, 2019 - 6:00pm to Friday, March 29, 2019 - 5:00pm

OCAD U Professor Gord Peteran Artist Lecture Wednesday, March 27. His visit will include 2 workshops.

 

Gord Peteran has done usual thing sexpected of artists:exhibitions, private, corporate and public commissins, residencies, international guest teaching posts, conference participation and lectures.

 

Venue & Address: 
University of the Arts, 320S. Broad St., 316 Hamilton
Gord Peteran
Keywords: 
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Gord Peteran: Furniture

Tuesday, October 30, 2018 - 6:00pm

Gord Peteran: Furniture 

Book Launch & Reception

Tuesday October 30, 2018, 6-9 pm

The Art Gallery of Guelph’s latest publication, Furniture, features the work of Toronto-based artist Gord Peteran with texts by artists, curators, and collectors including Glenn Adamson, William Anderson, Matthew Brower, Ian Carr-Harris, David Dorenbaum, Charles Hummel, Ernie Kerr, Judith Nasby, Michael Prokopow, and Ron Shuebrook

Onsite Gallery, OCAD University
199 Richmond St. W. (ground floor)
Toronto, ON

 

Venue & Address: 
Onsite Gallery, OCAD University 199 Richmond St. W. (ground floor) Toronto, ON
Website: 
http://artgalleryofguelph.ca/exhibitions_list/publications/
Gord Peteran: Furniture, Book Launch & Reception poster with image of a cabinet door and an axe, text on red background

Gord Peteran: Furniture

Wednesday, June 27, 2018 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Gord Peteran: Furniture
Book Launch and Reception

Wednesday, June 27, 2018
7 – 9 pm | Free

Please join us for a reception marking the launch of a new publication, Furniture, featuring the work of Toronto-based artist Gord Peteran with texts by artists, curators, and collectors including Glenn Adamson, William Anderson, Matthew Brower, Ian Carr-Harris, David Dorenbaum, Charles Hummel, Ernie Kerr, Judith Nasby, Michael Prokopow, and Ron Shuebrook.

Over the last four decades, Peteran has built an impressive and innovative body of work around the historical, conceptual, and psychological meanings of furniture. At the intersection of art, craft and design, the hybridity of his work challenges both expectations and language, offering insight into the vast malleability of the world of things.

The book launch and reception will take place at the Art Gallery of Guelph. All are welcome to attend; refreshments will be served. Books will be available for purchase at the event. The Art Gallery of Guelph is grateful to the Ontario Arts Council and Canada Council for the Arts whose investments support such inquiry, informing new art histories.

 

Venue & Address: 
Art Gallery of Guelph
Email: 
gpeteran@faculty.ocadu.ca
Cost: 
Free
Gord Peteran, book launch and reception