see what happens
June 24 - July 29 Darby Milbrath
August 1 - Sept 2 Laura Mccoy
Sept 30 - Nov 4 Naomi Yasui
Curated by: Sagan MacIsaac
‘see what happens' is a series of three solo exhibitions curated by Sagan MacIsaac featuring artists Darby Milbrath, Naomi Yasui and Laura Mccoy in Public Window, Toronto. Happenstance, play, and pleasure emerge in the multi-disciplinary works, which include ‘failed’ ceramic vessels by Yasui, a ‘boldly linear’ hand-painted installation by Milbrath and ‘poetically impulsive’ sculptural works by Mccoy. The artists will mount these new site-specific works to the Public Window space.
Trained as a contemporary dancer, Darby Milbrath is a multi disciplinary artist currently focusing on drawing and painting. Darby is the chief advisor and Toronto correspondent for The Editorial Magazine. She is based in Toronto, Canada.
Laura Mccoy (b. 1981) works in sculpture, performance, painting and words and looks at the well-trotted dirt at the bottom of the collective shoe of the feminine – in order to consider objects and methods that adhere to a structural precariousness or vulnerability and to reform the fabric of becoming. Her work spans a variety of media including drawing, sculpture, installation, and performance and has been included in various group shows, including showing work with Soi Fischer (Toronto), The Power Plant (Toronto), Mercer Union (Toronto), The Art Gallery of Ontario (Toronto) and as part of the monthly performance show, Doored, organized by Life of a Craphead. In 2015, she showed work at Western Front (Vancouver), Rodi Gallery (New York) and CK2 Space (Montreal.) She holds a BFA in Sculpture and Installation from OCADU and is the Art Director for the upcoming feature film Bugs, directed by Life of a Craphead, which is set to premier in December 2015 at the AGO in Toronto. Her work can be found online at lauramccoy.ca. She currently lives and works in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
As a ceramic artist, working in sculpture, performance and installation, Naomi Yasui’s conceptual practice revolves around process, form, and happenstance. Her work enforces the notion of an aesthetic and spiritual pursuit rather than a concrete objective, lending insight into an ongoing practice. Focusing on the act of making as an extension of sentient being, she explores the intimate bond between maker and object. Yasui uses the abstraction of traditional techniques to exercise artistic expression, to place side-by-side the domestic object and conceptual art.
Yasui studied Material Art and Design at the Ontario College of Art and Design. She has exhibited nationally and internationally. Recent solo exhibitions include Chapter IV: Painting with Fire presented at ESP Gallery, Toronto (2014);Chapter XI: Vases at Katharine Mulherin Contemporary Art Projects, Toronto (2013); and Wardens Abroad at Sur la Montagne (with Heather Goodchild), Berlin (2012). Recent group exhibitions include The Japaense Canadian Cultural Centre, Toronto (2015); Narwhal Contemporary Art Projects, Toronto (2014); The Power Plant, Toronto (2013); and Battat Contemporary Gallery, Montreal (2013) Yasui was granted an artist-in-residence placement at Guldagergaard in Skælskor,Denmark in 2014. In collaboration with Heather Goodchild, Yasui runs the online project The Wardens Today. She lives and works in Toronto, Canada.
Public Window is a project space mounted in the window of Public Studio, the live/work space of artists Elle Flanders & Tamira Sawatzky. It facilitates the dissemination of contemporary art practices. Public Window is located at 1575 Dundas Street West, and is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
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