The Garden of Earthly Delights

Juan Ortiz-apuy, The Garden of Earthly Delights, 2016

Juan Ortiz-Apuy, The Garden of Earthly Delights, installation view, documentation by Jocelyn Reynolds, 2017

Juan Ortiz-Apuy, The Garden of Earthly Delights, installation view, documentation by Jocelyn Reynolds, 2017

Juan Ortiz-Apuy, The Garden of Earthly Delights, installation view, documentation by Jocelyn Reynolds, 2017

Juan Ortiz-Apuy, The Garden of Earthly Delights, installation view, documentation by Jocelyn Reynolds, 2017

Juan Ortiz-Apuy, The Garden of Earthly Delights, installation view, documentation by Jocelyn Reynolds, 2017

Juan Ortiz-Apuy, The Garden of Earthly Delights, installation view, documentation by Jocelyn Reynolds, 2017

Juan Ortiz-Apuy, The Garden of Earthly Delights, installation view, documentation by Jocelyn Reynolds, 2017

Juan Ortiz-Apuy, The Garden of Earthly Delights, installation view, documentation by Jocelyn Reynolds, 2017

Juan Ortiz-Apuy, The Garden of Earthly Delights, installation view, documentation by Jocelyn Reynolds, 2017

Juan Ortiz-Apuy, The Garden of Earthly Delights, installation view, documentation by Jocelyn Reynolds, 2017

Juan Ortiz-Apuy, The Garden of Earthly Delights, installation view, documentation by Jocelyn Reynolds, 2017

The Garden of Earthly Delights

Friday, January 13, 2017 to Saturday, February 11, 2017
Opening Reception
January 13,
6:00PM to 8:00PM
Brunch Talk
January 14,
12:00PM to 2:00PM
About the Exhibition: 

Taking its conceptual starting point from Rem Koolhaas’ Junkspace, which advances the concept of junkfood to our built environment, this exhibition investigates the world of “total design” to reflect on contemporary image practices involving advertising, design and commodity fetishism. Inspired by Early Netherlandish Painting, the large-scale collage works feature fantastical imagery, depicting fragile and elaborate ecosystems where designed objects and furniture appear like animate beings with a will and agency of their own.

Click here to watch the Brunch Talk with Juan Ortiz-Apuy and Jimmy Limit in conversation with Daniella Sanader.

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Essay by Daniella Sanader:

Artist Biography: 

Juan Ortiz-Apuy was born in Costa Rica in 1980 and now lives and works in Montreal since 2003. He has a BFA from Concordia University, Montreal (2008), a Post-graduate diploma from the Glasgow School of Art, Scotland (2009), and a MFA from NSCAD University, Halifax (2011). Ortiz-Apuy often describes his installations as encyclopaedias of sorts that string together ideas and themes seemingly unrelated to each other, like in an erratic web of references, in which at points these sources exchange and come together, and at others they fall apart. Through juxtaposition, assemblage and collage, specific moments, ideas and materials are carefully woven together in these installations through a suggestive network of associations. Drawing from literature, theory, popular culture, design, and art history, he intends in this way to create a system that at one point begins to follow its own logic, vocabulary and energy. His work has been exhibited across Canada and internationally. Recent exhibitions include The MacLaren Arts Centre, SPOROBOLE Contemporary Art Centre, Gallery Birch Libralato, ARTSPACE, Eastern Edge, A Space Gallery and Quebec City Biennial: Manif d'Art 7. In 2011 he was the recipient of the Halifax Regional Municipality Contemporary Visual Art Award. Ortiz-apuy is represented by gallery antoine ertaskiran.

Writer: 

Daniella Sanader is a writer who lives in Toronto. In her work, she regularly explores associative and speculative modes for thinking and writing about contemporary art, ones that emphasize queer/feminist frameworks, messy feelings, and embodied experience. She holds an MA in Art History from McGill University, and has written essays and reviews for Canadian Art, C Magazine, Susan Hobbs Gallery, BlackFlash, Forest City Gallery, and many others. She has curated projects for Vtape and Oakville Galleries, and currently works at Gallery TPW in Toronto.