An Introduction to the General Theory of Place


 Sat. May 11, 2:00 pm
 Justina M. Barnicke Gallery, Hart House
Cost: Free


Details: In conjunction with the exhibition I Thought There Were Limits, on view at the Justina M. Barnicke Gallery, curator Julia Abraham will guest-facilitate this salon.


Site-specific art is defined as work that is constituted by a direct response to a place. I Thought There Were Limits presents a category of site-specific gestures that derive unique material implications once they are affixed to a site. The exhibition tests the limits of site-specific practices as both responsive to a particular place while also adaptable to any site. This salon will feature “An Introduction to the General Theory of Place” the mission statement of the Foksal Gallery in Warsaw, published in 1966 by Wieslaw Borowski, Hanna Ptaszkowska, Mariusz Tchorek (in conjunction with many artists), as a way to examine the curatorial proposition regarding the flexible production of space against a theoretical discussion of place as examined in the text.

I Thought There Were Limits brings together five Toronto-based artists whose work engages with both the material and conceptual dimensions of space. Like a perpetually falling apple and the expanding ground beneath it, the artworks form a responsive relationship to their site and in so doing reveal specific architectural, temporal and virtual properties of the Justina M. Barnicke Gallery. This selection of artworks is representative of the variations of site-specific practices within Toronto contemporary art. The project demonstrates a local history of spatial practices that challenge the terms and expected ways that a work might be reactive to a place.


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