Relax a little; one of your most celebrated nervous tics will be your undoing.
Featuring work by artists Matthew Brown, Jennifer Chan and Christian Maychack, “Relax a little; one of your most celebrated nervous tics will be your undoing.” is the second in a multi-part exhibition entitled Your Undoing curated by The Venn Diagram (Kristin Weckworth and Jon Davies). We will also present a work by Nadia Belerique as a component of each installment.
“Relax a little…” will run from March 21 to April 14, 2013.
Drawn from a poem by Frank O’Hara, our verbose title evokes the image of The Artist as a perennially obsessive character flirting with the risk of psychic and formal unraveling in the fervent pursuit of their aesthetic ends. The artwork thus becomes a kind of working-through, a worried-over wound. This exhibition will bring together three artists working idiosyncratically in painting, sculpture and video; together their works conjure a wide array of gestural tics and anxious processes, which boldy open up avenues for creation and – just as importantly – its undoing.
Toronto-based artist Matthew Brown’s paintings have the appearance of sores festering on the cusp between abstraction and figuration, almost as if he has caught a glimpse of a fleeting moment in between two parallel dimensions. Both internal and cosmic landscapes, his paintings are otherworldly in their structures, compositions and strange – sometimes sickly – colour palette, evoking uncomfortable, mystic feelings. Syracuse-based artist Jennifer Chan’s video capture reflects the artist as she obsessively picks at the “scab” that is the shattered surface of her laptop, which captures her image in its inky black depths. The broken skin is both lesion and mirror, self-destructing further and further as Chan scratches her technological itch. We see her recording the neurotic proceedings with a pocket-sized camera, one piece of technology considering the death of another. New York-based artist Christian Maychack’s recent sculptures made from epoxy clay, pigment and wood perform a playful and visceral materiality. His unexpected and idiosyncratic compositions combine hard-edged and gooey, ravishing and neutered, empty and full, to dizzying ends. Finally, Toronto-based artist Nadia Belerique's shining new sculptural work plays with the dynamic between 3D objects and 2D images. Mounted near the window, it acts as a filter through which the gallery space can be viewed from the street and vice-versa.