The art of the 21st century is an art of montage. Copying is a vital component for appropriation artists who are practicing without a license. This dominant trend in contemporary art practice presents material that no longer needs to signify anything in particular: not a critique of mass media representation, nor a comment on consumer capitalism. However these well respected Canadian artists use appropriation instead to transform as well as to steal and demonstrate an engagement with the past : the readymade, collage, and montage that were presented as the three innovations of the historic avant-garde.
Most importantly they have a desire to make their own mark and to make self referential work that is intended to operate mainly outside of the usual art institutions. The quality of the work is affected by the trajectory it describes in the cultural and urban landscape, constructing a linkage between forms, signs, and images. These 21st century artists depict a visual confusion between high and low culture and an infinite number of iconic registers and modes of production are poured.
The work is transplanted, grafted and contextualized onto the canvas and wooden frame which is at once a marker and boundary that prevents the framed object from lapsing into instability and abstraction. Using the connecting thread in the deployment of appropriated imagery these collected works can be slotted into the art-historical narrative smoothly with a great deal of intelligence and without a shred of postmodern irony.
On Saturday August 21st, the event Pictures2, an appropriated art exhibition will feature eleven of Toronto’s most respected and revered artists working in this field. It will be one of the first major exhibitions in the new UNIT C space located at just behind 102 OSSINGTON AVE.
The following artists, ANDREW GAVIN HICKS, NEP SIDHU, DARCY OBOKATA, GLENN NAKAGAWA, TODD SIMMONS, RYAN MACHAN, DORIAN LEBREUX, KELLEN HATANAKA, ZIGGY MAJEWSKI, TODD WESTENDORP, and LIAM CROCKARD, will be displaying new and original work never seen before.
The daytime exhibition will run between 12-6 pm and entrance is free to all who wish to view the works, socialize with the artists, and engage in discourse with fellow artists and curators about the exiting new works on display.
At 10:00 pm BANG THE PARTY and 92.BPM, two of Toronto’s most respected music productions and promoters will collaborate for a forward thinking, futuristic and unexpected experience of music and video. DJ”s ANDYCAPP, ROD SKIMMINS, and MYMANHENRI will be playing a mix of what the y like to call futureboogie, leftfield house and deconstructive hip-hop rooted in the sounds of early disco, post punk, avant-garde, and beat collage of the late 70’s and early 80’s.
While patrons will no doubt be partying and dancing, the opportunity to enjoy music while engaging in a visual art experience has always been a top priority for both of these crews. On most occasions, galleries hire DJ’s to play music during exhibition openings. While this certainly brings an added element to a gallery it is often still a very sterile environment (people standing around, listening to music and then moving on). However we hope to encourage patrons to engage the art works in an intense social environment all night that will leave a lasting impression beyond just the typical gallery opening party.