November 13th – December 19th
Gallery hours: Tues – Sat, 12-5pm
Screening of Light Reading by Lis Rhodes
November 14 @ 2pm
On the cover of The Slits’ 1979 album Cut, Viv Albertine, Tessa Pollitt, and Ari Up stand shirtless, covered in mud, exuding a look of defiance. It’s a complicated thing to look at an image, to consider what it represents and how it circulates. The artists in this exhibition are engaged in a conversation about positions of looking, about subtraction and addition, about time and accumulation. Annie MacDonell makes films and photographs. Lis Rhodes makes films. The Slits made punk music. Elizabeth Zvonar makes collages and sculptures.
Annie MacDonell is a visual artist working with photography, film, sculpture, writing, performance and installation. MacDonell’s work often begins in appropriation and spirals off into critical and self-reflexive meditations on the constitution, function, and circulation of images in the 21st century. She received a BFA from Ryerson University’s School of Image Arts in 2000, followed by graduate studies at Le Fresnoy, Studio National des Arts Contemporains, in Tourcoing, France. Recent performances have been presented at le Centre Pompidou in Paris, and the Scotiabank Contact Festival in Toronto. Recent solo shows have been held at Mulherin New York, the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Art Gallery of Windsor and Mercer Union in Toronto. She has participated in recent group exhibitions at la Bibliothèque National in Paris, The Power Plant, Toronto, MOCA Cleveland, the Daegu Photo Biennale in South Korea and Le Grand Palais, Paris. In 2012 she was shortlisted for the AGO AMIA Prize for Photography, and in 2012 and 2015 she was longlisted for the Sobey Art Award. She teaches in the photography program at Ryerson University and her work is represented by Katharine Mulherin Contemporary Art.
Lis Rhodes is a major figure in the history of artists’ filmmaking in Britain and was a leading member of the influential London Filmmakers’ Co-op. In 1979 she co-founded Circles Women’s Film and Video Distribution, the first British organization to distribute the work of women film and video artists. She currently lives and works in London, where a survey exhibition of her career, Lis Rhodes: Dissonance and Disturbance, was held at the ICA in 2012. Her films are distributed by LUX.
Elizabeth Zvonar graduated from Emily Carr Institute of Art + Design in 2001. She has exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in Canada at Artspeak, Western Front, Contemporary Art Gallery, Mercer Union, Morris and Helen Belkin Gallery, Vancouver Art Gallery, Oakville Gallery, and Presentation House, among others. She has exhibited internationally in New York, Australia, Japan and Belgium. In 2008, Zvonar was the inaugural artist at the Malaspina Print Research Residency and was an Artist in Residence at the Banff Centre for the thematic residency Cosmic Ray Research. Zvonar received the 2009 City of Vancouver Mayor’s Award for Emerging Visual Artist; in 2011 she was presented with the Emily Award for outstanding achievement by an Emily Carr alumna. From 2012-15 Zvonar held the post of City of Vancouver Artist in Residence. Most recently, she presented the solo exhibition The Challenge of Abstraction at Daniel Faria Gallery in Toronto. Zvonar was the 2015 recipient of the Shadbolt Foundation’s VIVA award.