Taking its title from a 1921 Paul Klee painting, this group show brings together a diverse selection of paintings into a single fold. In THE ROOM AND ITS INHABITANTS, form and content is fused by an assembly of Canadian and international artists: Robert Bordo, Merlin James, Allison Katz, Sandra Meigs, Rebecca Morris, Kim Neudorf, Justin Stephens, and Roger White. What links these artists’ works might be a sort of compositional sensibility: how parts are arranged within a spatial delimiter, how a mark or shape defines and undoes a sense of depth or inclusion within a whole. Accordingly, terms like ‘abstract’ or ‘figurative’ are of little use. As Howlett writes, “All the work is painting that foregrounds the use of specific qualities of format and medium in ways that dovetail subject and object with complex and engaging results.”
Robert Bordo (b. 1949, Montréal, lives in New York) has shown in Basel, Los Angeles, London, Dublin and Montréal, appears courtesy of Alexander and Bonin, New York. Merlin James (b. 1960, Cardiff, Wales, lives in Glasgow) has shown in Berlin, London, Paris, Dublin and New York. Allison Katz (b. 1980, Montréal, lives in London) has shown in Oslo, New York, Montréal and Chicago, work appears courtesy of Johan Berggren, Malmö. Sandra Meigs (b. 1953, Baltimore, lives in Victoria) has shown in Montréal, Ottawa, Vancouver, Sydney and Bologna. Rebecca Morris (b. 1969, Honolulu, lives in Los Angeles) has shown in Berlin, New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and Paris, work appears courtesy of Corbett vs. Dempsey, Chicago. Kim Neudorf (b. 1977, Saskatoon, lives in London, Ontario) has shown in Montréal, Calgary and London, was 2012 finalist in RBC Painting Competition. Justin Stephens (b. 1972, Ottawa, lives in Glasgow) has exhibited at Mercer Union, and shown in Berlin, Glasgow, and Montréal, was 2007 and 2008 finalist in RBC Painting Competition, work appears courtesy of Parisian Laundry, Montréal. Roger White (b. 1976, Salem, Oregon, lives in Middlebury, VT and Brooklyn, NY) has exhibited in Greensboro, NC, New York, Tokyo and Los Angeles, work appears courtesy Rachel Uffner, New York.
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