When I Am Music Kissing Musician: Material Art Fair
with cheyanne turions
This week in Mexico City, Kunstverein Toronto is exhibiting a new series of drawings and paintings on custom ceramic supports by Rachelle Sawatsky. Sawatsky and cheyanne turions will be on site writing poems together over the course of the fair, which will then be used to title the works.
Sawatsky and Kate Hall will also present a new performance “When I Am Music Kissing Musician” in the Material Art Fair Salon at 8:15pm on Thursday, February 4.
“To compliment Rachelle Sawatsky’s solo show at the booth, her and I began a durational game of telephone tag: each work of Sawatsky’s, which was untitled when it arrived, will be collaboratively titled by us. This process marks a relationship between place, ourselves and the magic of the moment. In the end the title of each work will read as a stanza in the long poem we are writing together, a strange kind of autobiography that is concerned with what kinds of difference distance can make.”
– cheyanne turions
Rachelle Sawatsky is an artist and a writer who lives and works in Los Angeles and Vancouver. Her work employs painting, drawing, ceramics, and writing to explore densely internal narratives, primarily through a discourse of painting. Her work has been exhibited internationally, including Night Gallery, Public Fiction, the Finley Gallery, Harmony Murphy Gallery and Artist Curated Projects in Los Angeles; at Presentation House Gallery and Artspeak Gallery, in Vancouver; at Or Berlin in Berlin; at Galerie Mezzanin in Vienna and at the Tate St. Ives in St. Ives. Her work has been written about in Artforum, Frieze, C Magazine and Art Review. Sawatsky has an MFA from University of Southern California in Los Angeles (2013) and a BFA from Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design in Vancouver (2005).
cheyanne turions is an independent curator and writer who holds a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy from the University of British Columbia, and is currently pursing a master’s degree in Visual Studies from the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design at the University of Toronto. Her work approaches the space of exhibition as alive—the gallery is a space of dialogue where artists, curators and publics can reflect on and experiment with ways of seeing and being in relation. Recently, she curated Talking Back, Otherwise, a year-long exhibition at the Jackman Humanities Institute. Forthcoming writing projects include contributions to MAWA’s Desire/Change: Contemporary Canadian Feminist Art; Johanna Householder and Tanya Mars’s More Caught in the Act: An Anthology of Performance Art by Canadian Women; and Duane Linklater’s Wood Land School: Critical Anthology. Her exhibition Other Electricities was presented the award for Innovation in a Collections-based Exhibition by the Ontario Association of Art Galleries in 2014. In 2015, she received the inaugural Reesa Greenberg Curatorial Studies Award and the Hnatyshyn Foundation’s Emerging Curator of Contemporary Canadian Art Award. She sits on the Board of Directors for Kunstverein Toronto, the Editorial Advisory Committee for C Magazine and the Advisory Board for the Art Museum at the University of Toronto. She is the director of No Reading After the Internet (Toronto).
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