What is here has echoed

July 4, 2019 – October 27, 2019
Yam Lau, Nüshu: Echo Chambers (detail), 2014, video still, computer generated animation. Courtesy of the artist
What is here has echoed
Therese Bolliger, Aidan Cowling, Yam Lau, Max Lupo, Ève K. Tremblay, Olivia Whetung
July 4 to October 27, 2019
Janice Laking Gallery
Curator: Emily McKibbon
Reception: Thursday, July 4, 7 to 9 pm

This group exhibition looks at artistic strategies to manifest, memorialize or make permanent language or knowledge at risk of being erased. Therese Bolliger (Toronto) and Ève K. Tremblay (Montreal/Plattsburgh, NY) examine personal experiences: Bolliger explores moments of intense engagement with artworks while Tremblay shares her experiences at the edge of a threatened landscape. Video installations by Aidan Cowling (Guelph) and Yam Lau (Toronto) reveal encounters with specific communities: Lau’s project examines Nüshu, a written syllabary used by women in the Jiangyong region of feudal China; and Cowling, demagnetized tapes of erotica from the collection of the ArQuives, Toronto. Max Lupo (Newmarket) renders authorship algorithmic, coding a machine to generate texts using the voices of Nietszche, Shakespeare and Gertrude Stein. Olivia Whetung (Chemong Lake) translates digital photographs of the natural world into beadworks, suggesting time signatures and cultural practices much longer than colonial ones. As a whole, What is here has echoed offers a glimpse into how artists encode memory into works intended to withstand the exigencies of time.

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