Maggie Groat: For insufficient interest in present circumstances
February 14–March 14, 2015


Maggie Groat
for insufficient interest in present circumstances

February 14- March 14, 2015
Opens: Saturday February 14, 3-6pm

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For insufficient interest in present circumstances

Is a vision, a site and a field of study.

A floating space situated between the cold, wet, real, lengthening light, and the longing for possible futures, images and tools pull between here and there - as veil, as balancer, as reminder, and in aid of.

A space for alternative remedy, magnified fields, geometric healings and gathered ineffables.

Collected tools for directions, reconnections, wayfindings, wanderings, unseeables, wonderings, outsidings, action reportings, future seeings and interconnectivities.

A spectrum, an unfolding, a salvaging, for provisionality and for attempts at accessing the marginal.

For escaping living more in the future than in the present / For aiding living more in the future than the present.

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Maggie Groat is a visual artist working in a variety of media including collage, sculpture, artists’ books, site-specific interventions, and field studies. Forming an ongoing research-based practice, Groat’s work explores studies for possible futures, alternative and marginalized ways-of-knowing, salvage practices, and relationships and reconnections to place, from a hybrid Indigenous/Settler perspective. Through reconfiguring and recontextualizing found and salvaged materials, she assembles images, sculptures, tools and situations that enable moments of envisioning and the potential for action. Maggie studied visual art and philosophy at York University before attending The University of Guelph, where she received an MFA degree in 2010. In fall 2014, Groat was the Artist Scholar in Residence at Emily Carr University in Vancouver. Her work is currently on display AKA Artist-Run in Saskatoon, SK, a site-specific exhibition and self-directed residency underway at Brock University’s gallery, Rodman Hall Art Centre in St. Catharines, ON, with group shows at The Western Front and Winsor Gallery in Vancouver, Le Musée d'art contemporain des Laurentides in St. Jerome, QC, and Kamloops Art Gallery in Kamloops, BC to follow later in 2015. For insufficient interest in present circumstances is Groat’s second solo show with Erin Stump Projects. She currently lives on the southern shore of Lake Ontario.

The artist wishes to gratefully acknowledge the support of the Ontario Arts Council

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