Madeleine Mayo
March 31, 2019 – May 4, 2019

Madeleine Mayo is an artist based in Montreal, Canada. Her work spans painting, sculpture and installation to explore sensuality as a means to connect embodied experience with mythical imagination. To her, objects and paintings are not lifeless things and possess all the potential to behave or misbehave that implies. Mayo’s work asserts the validity of pleasure as a means to better understand unseen forces in her own reality while affirming the body and the physical world. 

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Shape-Making Painting Workshop
April 27, 2019, 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM

With Madeleine Mayo

In this workshop you will make a pile of paintings in acrylic paint on paper that you don’t have to plan or defend. Working spontaneously and intuitively from your imagination you will come up with an assortment of shapes and visual ideas that take inspiration from various prompts and keywords. There will be time to look at each others paintings and to work in a call and response fashion taking inspiration directly from one another.

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Artist Talk: Madeleine Mayo
May 1, 2019, 5:00 PM

Madeleine Mayo is an artist based in Montreal, Canada, and is the current Open Studio artist-in-residence at Struts Gallery & Faucet Media Arts Centre. Her work spans painting, sculpture and installation to explore sensuality as a means to connect embodied experience with mythical imagination. To her, objects and paintings are not lifeless things and possess all the potential to behave or misbehave that implies. Mayo’s work asserts the validity of pleasure as a means to better understand unseen forces in her own reality while affirming the body and the physical world. She is interested in the blurred edge between figuration and abstraction as a way to respond to the blurred edge between fantasy and reality.

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Lou Sheppard
May 12, 2019 - June 15, 2019

Lou Sheppard is a Canadian artist working in performance and installation practices. Of settler ancestry, Sheppard was raised on unceded Mi’Kmaq territory, and currently lives in K’jiputuk/Halifax. A graduate of the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, their work has been exhibited both in Canada and internationally, and was included in the Antarctic Biennale and the Antarctic Pavilion at the 57th Venice Biennial. In 2017 Sheppard was selected for the Emerging Atlantic Artist Award by the Hnatyshyn Foundation to complete a program that composes music based on concentrations of sea ice. In 2018 Sheppard will be a guest artist at the University of Huston, a speaker at the The Antarctic Vision Club at the Pushkin Museum in Moscow, and will complete a cross Canada speaking tour as part of the Emerging Atlantic Artist Award. They were recently artist-in-residence at the Cité des Arts in Paris with the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, and will complete a residency and exhibition with the khyber, and at the Doris McCarthy AIR in Toronto in Spring/Summer 2018.

Sheppard’s recent work has been focused on processes of translation, particularly translations between meaning systems that do not align in conventional ways. Working with a range of source materials (diagnostic criteria, environmental data, field recordings and field samples) they work in a variety of media and disciplines, producing musical compositions, choreographies, drawings and other poetic gestures. These interpretations interrogate the meaning of the source material and point to alternative epistemologies—disrupting empirical modes of assessment. Sheppard’s work is characterized by archival and museological models of exhibition, which allow for the centring of process, often returning to scientific language in the title and descriptions of the work. In its exhibition the work often appears as evidence of process, including schematics, research, and records of performance, inviting engagement with the process itself, as well as the result.

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Image credit: Léa Giardin

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Super 8 Hotel Film Festival
Summer 2019

Struts Gallery & Faucet Media Arts Centre is pleased to announce the 20th Annual Super 8 Hotel Film Festival: An opportunity for you to shoot your very own short film and present it on the big screen (date TBD).

If you would like to participate in this year’s festival, here’s what you need to know:

  • Contact Gallery – Email us at faucet@strutsgallery.ca or phone 536-1211 to sign up and order film. No deadline to register but film supplies are limited so let us know as soon as possible.
  • Shoot Film – Participants will have access to Super 8 cameras, lights, tripods and rigging as well as technical assistance.
  • Process Film – Black & White film can be hand processed at Struts & Faucet, or sent to a custom film lab for processing. The deadline for lab processing of film is July 6th.
  • Screening Film – This fabulous event will take place outdoors in late July (weather permitting).
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    Anna Hawkins
    June 23, 2019 - July 27, 2019

    Anna Hawkins is an artist based in Montreal, Canada. She works primarily with video and is concerned with the ways that images, gestures and information are transmitted, transformed and experienced online. Group exhibitions and screenings include the UCLA New Wight Biennial (Los Angeles, USA), the WRO Media Art Biennale (​Wrocław​, PL), and ​The ​Laocoön​ Dilemma​ at Galerie Sturm (Nürnberg, DE). She has exhibited a solo projects at Artspace (Peterborough, CA, 2015), Centre Clark (Montreal, CA, 2016) Eastern Edge Gallery (St. John’s, NL, 2016), and Untitled Art Society (Calgary, CA, 2018).

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    Gesig Isaac & Jamie Ross
    August 11, 2019 - September 14, 2019

    Gesig Isaac and Jamie Ross propose an interdisciplinary social practice and time-based project grounded in the art of healing. Reacting to a political climate in which our survival as queer people, witches and contemporary artists is consistently rendered precarious, the concept of magical self-defence drives this work.

    Jon Sasaki
    September 22, 2019 - October 26, 2019

    Jon Sasaki is a Toronto-based multidisciplinary artist whose practice brings performance, video, object and installation into a framework where expectation and outcome never align, generating a simultaneous sense of pathos and levity. His work employs reason-based approaches reminiscent of conceptual art while investigating romantic subjects; in this juxtaposition, Sasaki creates humorous, self-exhaustive systems caught in cycles of trial and error.

    His work has been exhibited in solo exhibitions at the Ottawa Art Gallery, (Ottawa, ON); the Southern Alberta Art Gallery, (Lethbridge, AB); the Art Gallery of Ontario, as well as a 2015 performance project at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit. Sasaki has participated in recent group exhibitions at the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, (Seoul, South Korea,) Prince Takamado Gallery, Canadian Embassy in Japan, (Tokyo); Nihonbashi Institute of Contemporary Art, (Tokyo, Japan); and the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art (Toronto, ON). He has completed recent public art commissions for Sheridan College, (Oakville, ON) and the City of Barrie Ontario, and along with collaborator Jennifer Davis was the recipient of a 2017 Concepts award from the Ontario Association of Architects. His video work has screened at the MCA (Sydney, Australia); Brick + Mortar Film Festival, (Greenfield, MA) and the Images Festival (Toronto, ON). He was the recipient of the 2015 Canadian Glenfiddich Artists in Residence Prize (Dufftown, Scotland.) Sasaki holds a BFA from Mount Allison University (Sackville, NB) and is represented by Clint Roenisch Gallery in Toronto.

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    Cynthia Naggar
    March 30, 2020 – May 1, 2020

    Cynthia Naggar refines herself in digital art. Always pushing boundaries of her art, she innovates into public interactivity using video, sound and biofeedback. She has this desire to make visible the invisible in us. A minimalist work that illustrates a very primitive relationship between man and machine, but that somewhat questions the public about their presence in space and in the time that they occupy.

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    Amy Siegel
    May 4, 2020 - June 5, 2020

    As an artist, educator, and documentarian, I am driven to foster work that 

    combines and confounds notions of activism, art production and audience experience. 

    Benjamin Evans
    June 8, 2020 - July 10, 2020

    Benjamin Evans is an artist and writer currently based in the French Alps. He has zero formal training in data visualization, computer programming, MATLab, signal processing or sleep science in general. Originally from the Canadian province of Newfoundland, he has also spent seven years living in New York City where he directed the non-profit gallery NURTUREart and was active in the Brooklyn arts scene. He has exhibited previous bodies of work professionally in both Canadian and New York venues. While living in Paris, Evans opened the itinerant gallery project Projective City, which exhibited the work of emerging artists in Paris, New York and virtual spaces in between. He holds five degrees, including a PhD in philosophy and an MFA in mixed media, and has taught at several institutions, including the Alberta College of the Arts, The Parsons School of Design in New York and Parsons Paris. Having completed his PhD, he has recently returned to making art full time.

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    Ray Fenwick
    July 13, 2020 - August 14, 2020

    I’m an interdisciplinary artist whose work seems to keep coming back to complicated relationships with communication, often exploring the absurdities and anxieties that surround our attempts to connect. The way language interferes with and frames our ability to know ourselves and one another is endlessly strange to me. And heartbreaking. And funny.