Sandra Brewster, Blur 8, 2017, mural, photo-based gel transfer media, paper, installation based. Courtesy of the artist and Georgia Scherman Projects.
The Gattuso Prize goes to Sandra Brewster for her exhibition It's all a blur… at Georgia Scherman Projects.
The Gattuso Prize of $5,000 acknowledges an outstanding Featured Exhibition in CONTACT. The jury, Rosemary Heather (writer and curator) and Anique Jordan (executive director, Whippersnapper Gallery), based their decision on the caliber and concept of the work, the curatorial vision, and overall impact and presentation of the exhibition.
“With It’s all a blur… Sandra Brewster takes portraiture in a strongly metaphoric direction. Using a labour-intensive method, the artist creates tactile works suggestive of a number of ideas. While evoking the customary role of the photograph as memento, at the same time, these works appear to call forth the emerging subjects of history. The unavoidable scale, presence, and motion embedded in these still images command the attention of viewers to discover the details and traces left behind by the portrait participants.” – The Jury
The exhibition is on view at Georgia Scherman Projects (133 Tecumseth St) until June 24, 2017.
CONTACT's Featured Exhibitions, selected to be part of the Festival through a juried submission process, are organized independently by hosting venues, presenting organizations and exhibiting artists.
CONTACT gratefully acknowledges the generous support and contributions of La Fondation Emmanuelle Gattuso. The Foundation demonstrates strong leadership and influences innovation across all charitable sectors in Canada including health care, culture and the arts.
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Lise Beaudry, Sur la glace / Walking on Ice, at the Art Gallery Of Mississauga.
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