Marcia Huyer – What’s up there, anyhow?

Jun. 27 – Aug. 8, 2009

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The Empire State Building, the Sears Tower, Petronas Twin Towers, Taipei 101 and the Bank of China Tower (Hong Kong) have been rescaled and reformed with silk and then inflated, resulting in some pathetic structures. In What’s up there, anyhow?, Marcia Huyer scales down some of the world’s tallest structures. Inflated both literally and symbolically these structures once stood as the tallest in the world only to be outdone by their successors. Huyer’s structures bend and droop, their material reminiscent of second-rate proms and bridesmaid dresses. Light, playful and just a little bit tragic.

Read the exhibition essay by Katie Bethune-Leamen.

Opening reception: June 27th, 3-5pm

Live skype-in artist talk: July 16th at 7pm

About the artist:

Marcia Huyer was born in Barrie, ON in 1976. She studied sculpture at Ontario College of Art and Design (1999). She received her MFA at the University of Victoria (2006). This year Huyer exhibited work at Inter Access Electronic Media Arts Centre and with Ecotecture Canada, both in Toronto. In 2007 she exhibited at the ODD Gallery, Dawson City, Yukon; The Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Victoria, BC and was a part of CAFKA, Kitchener, ON. Huyer has been working with the medium of inflation since 2003. Huyer currently lives and works in Toronto.

Marcia would like to thank Robert Hengeveld for his technical support the Toronto Arts Council, Ontario Arts Council and the Ontario Exhibition Assistance grant (crating and shipping costs). Thanks also to Jen Hutton, Kelly Kirkham and Sarah Massacre for hanging with Silas.

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Posted June 27, 2009