OPEN STUDIO: ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE

SEPT 1 to SEPT 30, 2020

ABOUT THE ARTIST / JON SASAKI

Jon Sasaki is a Toronto-based multidisciplinary artist, whose practice frequently borrows Conceptual Art strategies, redeploying them in work with an emotionally resonant core. While his projects often employ both humour and pathos, they do so in the service of addressing the fraught and fragile nature of human interactions. Sasaki’s  work can at times be mildly and intentionally antagonistic towards audiences and participants; he aims to test the limits of sociability, audience generosity, sustainability of actions, conviviality, hope, enthusiasm. Projects invariably risk and even court failure. For Sasaki tragedy is an inevitable by-product of a practice that is aspirational at its core.

Jon Sasaki’s work has been exhibited in solo exhibitions at the Ottawa Art Gallery; the Southern Alberta Art Gallery, Lethbridge; 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; Platform Art Spaces, Melbourne; Nihonbashi Institute of Contemporary Art, Tokyo; and the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, Toronto. He has completed recent public art commissions for Sheridan College, Oakville, 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. 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.  Sasaki is represented by Clint Roenish Gallery in Toronto.


 

STUDIO VIEWS /

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PROCESS & PROJECTS /

LANDSCAPE PAINTINGS WITH GROUND PIGMENT

Struts' focus has long been on supporting artists' production, with a keen interest in the process leading up to the finished work. This section aims to spotlight works or processes in an artist’s practice that don’t always get seen or featured, with an emphasis on the work you made (or would have been making in the case of our 2020 cohort) during the residency. Here you can post and speak about the process or thinking around a particular area of research, a work in progress, an experiment or thought tangent. You can also post links to music or podcasts you were listening to, post books you were reading, or links to other research and supporting material. The idea is provide a glimpse into your working and thinking process.

 

UNTITLED PERFORMANCE

n this durational performance, 'Untitled' (2021), eight corded power tools are arranged around two switching power supplies. A DMX processor has been programmed to randomly turn on and off the eight tools, at different times and for different durations; one, two and occasionally three at a time.

The outcome is entirely unpredictable; the power tools may attack one another, sever power cords, or lacerate the central controller. Or they might spin benignly on the floor. Whatever happens, will be documented close up by a roaming handheld POV camera. The projects was conceived of during the residency and publicly presented for the first time at The Power Plant, Toronto.

This performance furthers the artist's ongoing exploration into industrial infrastructure in post-industrial societies, and the possibilities of repurposing materials, tools and processes. Untethered from their prescribed uses, the tools will here function in sculptural, sonic and choreographic ways. The outcome could be balletic, with moments of tension and poignant interaction. Or it could result in a cacophonous writhing "rat’s nest" with disastrous, destructive potential.

MAGNET FISHING THE QUARRY

Struts' focus has long been on supporting artists' production, with a keen interest in the process leading up to the finished work. This section aims to spotlight works or processes in an artist’s practices that doesn’t always get seen or featured, with an emphasis on the work you made (or would have been making) during the residency. Here you can post and speak about the process or thinking around a particular area of research, a work in progress, an experiment or thought tangent. You can also post links to music or podcasts you were listening to, post books you were reading, or links to other research and supporting material.

IMPROVISED LIGHT FIXTURES

2018 ongoing

The Struts Residency Apartment Editon
 

A series of temporary functional sculptures which repurpose readily available objects as luminaires, albeit precarious and dangerous ones.

See more Improvised Light Fixtures.

Disclaimer:
This is not a how-do guide, this is art. It is not intended to serve as an example for anyone anywhere ever. Please do not attempt this at home or away from home.

CRACKING THE SAFE

Struts' focus has long been on supporting artists' production, with a keen interest in the process leading up to the finished work. This section aims to spotlight works or processes in an artist’s practices that doesn’t always get seen or featured, with an emphasis on the work you made (or would have been making) during the residency. Here you can post and speak about the process or thinking around a particular area of research, a work in progress, an experiment or thought tangent. You can also post links to music or podcasts you were listening to, post books you were reading, or links to other research and supporting material.

TEXT /

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VIDEO /

Title of Video Work, 2020

by Artist Names

 

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