Eyes Outside Our Bodies (The Infra-Ordinary) presents new work by Toronto-based artist Maryanne Casasanta. The relationships between art and home, art and life, home and studio, and the interstitial space between image and object are drawn together through photography, temporary installations, and found or fabricated objects. Photographic documents of small gestures, subtle interventions, and material constructions move in the universe of the everyday. Common artifacts are re-imagined as a way to transform a routine experience, promoting an active immersion in, and reconsideration of, small, ordinary events. Her work proposes a heightened awareness of the prosaic, where present moments are transformed into a medium for communication, and objects, actions, and seemingly insignificant encounters are assigned new meaning.
Casasanta’s broader practice considers the exchange between art and the commonplace, and the space between objects and their documentation. She earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Ontario College of Art and Design University (2005) and is a Master of Fine Arts candidate at the University of Guelph. She has exhibited her work in group exhibitions at the Art Institute of Chicago, O’Born Contemporary, Neubacher Shor Contemporary, and Gallery TPW in Toronto, and Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art in Winnipeg.