ArtSlant - Recently added en-us 40 Karen Kraven - Mercer Union - A Centre for Contemporary Art - May 29th - July 25th <p style="text-align: justify;">Mercer Union is delighted to present a solo exhibition by Montreal-based artist Karen Kraven entitled&nbsp;<em>Flip Flop, Punch Front</em>&nbsp;opening on Friday 29th May 2015.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Karen Kraven&rsquo;s works set up unexpected encounters between sculptures and images, uncanny resemblances and misleading juxtapositions.&nbsp;Kraven received her MFA from Concordia University &nbsp;in 2012, where she was the recipient of the Dale &amp; Nick Tedeschi Fellowship,&nbsp;and her BFA from the Ontario College of Art and Design in 2006.&nbsp;Recent solo exhibitions include&nbsp;the Institute for Contemporary Art at the Maine College of Art, Portland (2015),&nbsp;<em>Razzle Dazzle Sis Boom Bah,&nbsp;</em>Darling Foundry, Montreal (2014),&nbsp;<em>A Mucker and a Grinder,</em>&nbsp;Parisian Laundry (2013) and&nbsp;<em>As Above, So Below,&nbsp;</em>Centre Clark, Montreal (2014). Her work has also been shown at Centre Dare-Dare, Montreal (2010), Leonard &amp; Ellen Bina Gallery, Montreal (2011) and Blackwood Gallery, University of Toronto Mississauga (2011). She has participated in artist&rsquo;s residencies at The Banff Centre and with Reverse Pedagogy, Venice. From 2013-2016, she will have a Montreal Artist&rsquo;s Creation Studio at the Darling Foundry, Montreal.&nbsp;&nbsp;Kraven currently lives and works in Montreal.</p> Sat, 25 Apr 2015 15:43:52 +0000 VSVSVS - Mercer Union - A Centre for Contemporary Art - May 29th - July 25th <p style="text-align: justify;">Mercer Union is delighted to present an exhibition by VSVSVS entitled&nbsp;<em>Not together, but alongside</em>&nbsp;opening on Friday 29th May 2015.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">VSVSVS (pronounced versus versus versus), is a seven-person collective and artist-run centre based out of a warehouse in the Portlands in Toronto. Formed in 2010, the groups activities encompass collective art making including drawings, video works, sculpture, installation and performance, a residency &nbsp;program and exhibition space, as well as individual studio practices. The group met and began to take shape while studying at the University of Guelph in the studio arts program (one member studied Psychology), where they each received the BAs in 2010.&nbsp;Members include Wallis Cheung,&nbsp;Ryan Clayton,&nbsp;Anthony Cooper,&nbsp;James Gardner,&nbsp;Stephen McLeod, Laura Simon and Miles Stemp. &nbsp;In February 2015 the collective participated in a month long residency at Centre Bang in Chicoutimi Quebec, resulting in an exhibition at the centre.&nbsp;Recent exhibitions include Katzman Contemporary, Toronto; Niagara Artist&rsquo;s Centre, St. Catherine&rsquo;s<em>&nbsp;</em>(both 2015)<em>, Taking a part</em>, Mercer Union,<em>&nbsp;More Than Two (Let It Make</em>&nbsp;Itself), Power Plant (both Toronto, 2014); and&nbsp;<em>space&nbsp;mods</em>, Cambridge Galleries, Preston (2013).&nbsp;Recent projects include;&nbsp;<em>Coat Check</em>, Platforms Project, Art Athina (2014);&nbsp;<em>Nap Station</em>, Art Toronto;&nbsp;<em>Dunk Tank</em>, ArtSpin;&nbsp;<em>Temporary Monument</em>, Art of the Danforth (all Toronto 2014) and&nbsp;<em>1-855 IS IT ART</em>, &nbsp;Toronto&rsquo;s Nuit Blanche 2013.</p> Sat, 25 Apr 2015 15:42:56 +0000