Naomi Yasui, Maggie Groat &, Leisure : ESP Mtl
November 14–December 21, 2013
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, her work explores studies for possible futures, relationships and reconnections to Indigenous land and the interdisciplinary potential of artistic intervention and envisioning.
Shared Armature is a new body of work by Leisure (Meredith Carruthers & Susannah Wesley) that explores the creative act of framing and reframing, of exhibition and display as a creative medium. Inspired by the creative dialogue of floral artist Constance Spry (1886-1960) and painter Gluck (1895-1978), Shared Armature delves into the gaps and shadows of historical documentation with the aim of activating and inhabiting the underlying framework of a shared visual and formal vocabulary.
With an interdisciplinary practice that locates itself between installation, performance and sculpture, the work of ceramic artist Naomi Yasui puts into question the relations between object and creator, and those between creator and viewer. Also inspired by the work of artist Constance Spry, the series presented in ESP Mtl invites the viewer to interrogate, through formal references and art history, the object.