Artist Talk: Jon Sasaki
October 16, 2019, 7:00 PM

Part of The Visiting Artist Program presented by the Fine Arts Department at Mount Allison University, the Owens Art Gallery, and Struts Gallery & Faucet Media Arts Centre.

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.


Time Share Mentorship Program: Screening and Talk with Dani and Sheilah ReStack
January 11, 2020, 7:00 PM

Time Share is a mentorship program initiated by Struts Gallery & Faucet Media Arts Centre. Each year, a Mentor film/video artist is invited to Sackville to share their work in a screening and artist talk. Afterward, a call for Mentees is published. The selected Mentee has access to all of the equipment and resources at the centre to work on an new film or video project with guidance from Mentor in bi-weekly digital conference meetings over six months. The finished film or video project is then presented in Sackville and in the home city of the invited Mentor. We are very pleased to announce that Dani and Sheilah ReStack will be the Time Share Mentors in 2020.

Dani and Sheilah ReStack have embarked on an artistic relationship that is formally and emotionally adjacent to their domestic lives, a quotidian zone they share with their young daughter Rose. Both artists have established careers on their own. Neither Dani’ video work or Sheilah’s multimedia performance and installation work could exactly prepare us for the force of the women’s collaborative efforts. – Michael Sicinski, Cinema Scope, 2017.

ReStack collaborations have shown at the 2017 Whitney Biennial, Iceberg Projects Chicago, Toronto International Film Festival, Images Film Festival, Toronto, Lyric Theater, Carrizozo, NM, Leslie Lohman Museum Gay and Lesbian Art Project Space, Gaa Wellfleet, New York Film Festival, Berwick International Film Festival ,  Columbus Museum of Art, Ohio and many other locations. They have received grants from the Canada Council for the Arts, Ohio Arts Council and Visual Studies Workshop, NY. They have been residents at The Headlands in Marin County and their newest video Go Ask Joan was made at the MacDowell Colony this summer.

image credit: Dani and Sheilah ReStack, Go Ask Joan (2019), still