Apertures

Felix Kalmenson, Orb Radio curated by Wavelength All Caps Island Festival, Artscape Gibraltar Point, Toronto Islands, August 11-12th 2012

Rosa Aiello, Work in progress, 2013

Matt Goerzen, Work in progress, 2013

Apertures , In the vitrines at Gallery 44

Apertures , In the vitrines at Gallery 44

Apertures

Friday, March 8, 2013 to Saturday, April 13, 2013
Opening Reception:
March 8,
6:00PM to 9:00PM
About the Exhibition: 

Apertures is a month long micro-residency of three digital-based artists within the mediating installation of artist and curator Felix Kalmenson. Like the adjacent show at G44 Site, Sight, and Insight, Apertures dissects and investigates the process of image making, deconstructing the notion of the camera with the aperture serving as a frame of looking upon digital images constructed in virtual spaces from Toronto, Montreal, and Berlin. The virtual spaces of Gallery 44's three vitrines will serve as digital sketchbooks where the participating artists; Rosa Aiello (Montreal), Matt Goerzen (Berlin) and Elliot Vredenburg (Toronto), will upload work daily.

Artist Biography: 

Felix Kalmenson is a Toronto based artist who works in installation, film, photography, and collage, within public space, as well as, in gallery settings. His work engages the public domain, memory, and myth, and how these topics are mediated by complex social, economic, and urban landscapes. Kalmenson completed his Bachelors of Architecture and Urban Studies at the University of Toronto in 2011. Kalmenson has exhibited in solo and curated group shows in galleries, artist-run centres, and arts festivals in Canada and America including the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, the Art Gallery of Ontario, Shudder Gallery, the National Film Board of Canada, Mediatheque, XPACE Cultural Centre, Whippersnapper Gallery, and Myriad Shocks.

Rosa Aiello is a writer and video artist based in Montreal, CA and London, UK. She has recently completed an MA at Oxford in literature and philosophy, and an artist’s residency at the Banff Centre for the Arts. Her writing and video practice deals with the limits of language, reason, and humanness. Aiello has been exhibited at the Museo d’arte contemporanea Roma and the Festival de Nouveau Cinéma in Montreal.

Matt Goerzen over the past few years has mainly focused on a private investigation of anonymity in artistic contexts, specifically the way unclaimed or falsely attributed authorship might modulate the reception and evaluation of work in both art historical and economic settings. In 2013 he plans to move away from this full blown anonymity, replacing it with a single-blind position wherein dubious acts of public kindness will appear anonymous except to an "art world" audience of collectors, curators, colleagues and knowing exhibition attendees. His aim is to sublate moral and aesthetic evaluations into a single act, and, in so doing, reveal emergent gradients through which cultural production is appropriated simultaneously by the artistic elite from the design and advertising mainstream, and vice versa. Goerzen grew up in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, studied in Ottawa and Montreal and currently resides in Berlin, Germany.

Elliot Vredenburg is an artist, designer, and essayist. He is concerned with demonstrating the power structures that govern us, with the intention of achieving and communicating a critical understanding of the world and society, to contribute to the advancement of political struggle through both physical (installation, publication, and 3D design) and web- and time-based media.