Brent Wadden: Shoupie
December 13, 2012–January 6, 2013


“The rise of technology has necessitated a return to ritual. Computers and word processors operate only in the world of numbers and rationality. The human experience is basically irrational”
-  K. Haring, Flash Art, 3 / 1984.

ESP is pleased to present the first solo show in Toronto, Shoupie. Wadden is interested in creating a direct dialogue between weaving and various modes of modernist art making; referencing both the historical and social constructs of craft and modernism. Consistent throughout his work is a commitment to the grid.  This rigid geometric system is continually broken throughout his working process to allow natural flaws, new patterns to emerge, and invite interaction between the weavings, paintings and viewers.

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