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Glenn Gear, Paige Gratland, Daniel Barrow

Residency: July 8 – August 20
Exhibition: September 2 – October 15, 2022

Paige Gratland (BC), Daniel Barrow (MB), and Glenn Gear (NL) all met during the Intergenerational LGBT Residency at Gibraltar Point, Toronto Island last summer. There they spent two weeks working together, exchanging stories, ideas and images, and saw many commonalities within their bodies of work. They each employ narrative from a distinctly queer perspective and also each infuse their love of narrative into object-making. Specifically, they each make videos and objects that employ a decorative charge, revealing little by little an encoded queer content. The videos and the decorative or wearable objects (whether it be cowboy boots, traditional beading, or miniature t-shirts on mannequins) illustrate intimate scenes of contemplation, sexual freedom, phobias or shameful obsessions.

“After working in the community for two weeks this past summer, it seemed obvious that a group exhibition was emerging. We imagined presenting this show in each of our respective home provinces – so that we can each have the opportunity to act as a host for each other and, of course, for the work itself.”

Pyramid 2, 2018, Mixed media sculptural wall piece, Materials: Wood, screen- printed paper, toilet paper, resin, fabric, plastic, by Daniel Barrow

TakKik, 2018, part of the exhibit, Tionnhehkwen; Visions of Seeds by Native Immigrant, Montreal, by Glenn Gear

Gay State Boots, 2013, Leather Boot, by Paige Gratland

April White, Nonreciprocal

September 2nd – October 15th, 2022

White created a character called Noodle who is learning about the world through meandering, impulse, and touch. Noodle is a sewn “copy” of a crudely drawn self-portrait/comic. Since Noodle doesn’t talk, the communicative aspect of performance is through gesture and body language and also simply through Noodle being seen. The Residency will engage with nonreciprocal types of communications as it exists in day-to-day norms in a way that many people may not consider.

Jillian McDonald, Tunnel

October 28th – December 10th, 2022

Tunnel is a multi-channel video work with accompanying drawings that will be filmed in Eastern Newfoundland, on New York’s Governors Island, in a Brooklyn backyard, and in the Southwestern United States. The project is informed by living and sheltering in a virus epicentre and seeing its profound effects.

Jillian McDonald is a Canadian artist who lives in New York. Recent solo exhibitions include AxeNéo7 in Gatineau, and group shows include FiveMyles and Undercurrent in Brooklyn. Critical discussion of her work appears in The Transatlantic Zombie by Sarah Lauro and Deconstructing Brad Pitt, edited by Christopher Schaberg. Awards include grants from The New York Foundation for the Arts, The Canada Council for the Arts, and residencies at Glenfiddich in Scotland and The Arctic Circle in Svalbard.