You’re invited: Workshop with Ella Dawn McGeough, and Precious Commodity closing reception

Tools for Touching | Ella Dawn McGeough and Daniella Sanader
Sunday, March 26, 2017 | 2–4 pm

Join us for this free experiential workshop considering touch and the tools that extend it: the brush we paint, the hammer we wield, the spoon we stir. The things we handle, particularly when used in repetition, are things we forget. Artist Ella Dawn McGeough and writer Daniella Sanader will facilitate a conversation, a reading, a series of experimental gestures between subjects and objects, methods of (potential) care.

Comfortable clothing recommended; no advanced reading necessary. As space is limited, please email info (at) criticaldistance (dot) ca with RSVP in the subject line and include your name and number attending in the message to reserve your spot(s). Thank you!

Event LocationStudio 305 — Artscape Youngplace 180 Shaw Street, Toronto, ON M6J 2W5
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Tools for Touching will take place in just a few doors down from Critical Distance on the third floor of Artscape Youngplace. Precious Commodity, the exhibition featuring work by Ella Dawn McGeough as well as Biliana Velkova, Juan Ortiz-Apuy, and Eunice Luk, will be on view in Suite 302  from 12–5 pm for those who would like to see it before or after the workshop.

About the Artists

Working across disciplines, Ella Dawn McGeoughs practice attempts to make things leak from research that often centres on a process of historicisation, myth-making and speculative feminism. This research responds to the relay between apprehension and representation. This is an aesthetic process. A metamorphic process. A process in which art and its exhibition play the important function of suspending events within a sphere of speculation – possibly a beautiful one where objects and images are stilled and their meaning gains weight or transforms completely through time. Caught mid-pose/static/frozen-in-time, their physicality acts as a manifestation of their poiesis. With artists Colin Miner and Liza Eurich, McGeough founded in 2012, which produces online contemporary arts publications among other project-based activities. She is also the co-founder of Garden Avenue, a summer-time exhibition space; Ray~Ray, a project that produces limited edition jewelry and jewelry-like work by contemporary artists; and Friends of Ogden Park.

Daniella Sanader is a writer and arts worker who lives in Toronto. In her work, she regularly explores associative and speculative modes for thinking and writing about contemporary art, ones that emphasize queer/feminist frameworks, messy feelings, and embodied experience. She holds an MA from McGill University, and has written essays and reviews for arts publications and galleries across Canada. She has curated projects for Vtape and Oakville Galleries, and currently works at Gallery TPW in Toronto.

image: Ella Dawn McGeough, Ogden’s Tools, 2015. Found objects and wax. Dimensions variable.

Biliana Velkova, Untitled Spruce Tree, 2014, fluorescent light tubes in Precious Commodity, 2017, Critical Distance Centre for Curators, installation documentation by Toni Hafkenscheid.

Precious Commodity Closing Reception
Sunday, April 9, 2017 | 3–5 pm

Can’t make the workshop? Join us for the closing reception of Precious Commodity, curated by Alison Cooley. The curator will be in attendance and refreshments will be served. All are welcome.

Event Location

Critical Distance Centre for Curators
Suite 302 at Artscape Youngplace
180 Shaw Street, Toronto, ON M6J 2W5
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We hope you can join us for this Canadian Art Must-See show!

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