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Simple Present, Future Anterior: A 20th Anniversary Show

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Scrapbook (1), 2009 © Courtesy of the artist and Susan Hobbs Gallery
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Scrapbook (2), 2009 © Courtesy of the artist and Susan Hobbs Gallery
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Ribbon , 2012 © Courtesy of the artist and Susan Hobbs Gallery
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Suitcase, 2006 © Courtesy of the artist and Susan Hobbs Gallery
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Frame Pile, 2012 © Courtesy of the artist and Susan Hobbs Gallery
Simple Present, Future Anterior: A 20th Anniversary Show
Curated by: Renée van der Avoird

137 Tecumseth Street
Toronto, Ontario M6J 2H2
Canada
February 7th, 2013 - March 16th, 2013
Opening: February 7th, 2013 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

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photography, mixed-media, digital, installation, conceptual, abstract, sculpture
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Free

DESCRIPTION

In keeping with the commemorative spirit of an anniversary, Simple Present, Future Anterior explores ideas of temporality and the nature of memory. Featuring work by all fifteen gallery artists, the exhibition takes its name from two new pieces by Ian Carr-Harris: a pair of handcrafted blackboards with these titular grammatical tenses written on them in perfect cursive. These objects recall conventions of display in pedagogical systems of early childhood, and also express a need to understand and define time.

Simple Present, Future Anterior brings together new and previous works that illustrate and respond to the relationships between past, present and future.  Works such as Arnaud Maggs' Scrapbook (2009) and Kevin Yates’ Suitcase (2006) build on memories and past experiences as catalysts for potential futures. Others, such as Brian Groombridge’s 47 degrees 22 minutes 17 seconds N, 8 degrees 32 minutes 37 seconds E (2004) and Althea Thauberger’s Anatomie Artistique (2011) take a more investigational approach by challenging the linearity of time and highlighting its perplexities.