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The Path, The Divide | Brynn Higgins-Stirrup
January 19–February 19, 2017 | Opening Thursday, January 19, 6–10 pm

Critical Distance is pleased to present The Path, The Divide, a solo exhibition of recent works by Canadian artist Brynn Higgins-Stirrup, curated by Oana Tanase.

Fascinated by the ways in which we confront and reconcile intuitive inquiry with organized thought and form, Higgins-Stirrup has developed a distinctive visual language and practice that revolves around learning systems, geometry, mapping, and writing. Seducing the viewer through technical exactitude and material subtlety, her artworks speak of the space that lies between knowledge and truth, information and meaning.

For this exhibition, curator Oana Tanase has selected a series of works on paper and a mixed media installation that reveal how Higgins-Stirrup incorporates traditional elements and makes use of written language in her art practice. Playing with notions of cognitive processes, such as contemplation and unlearning, The Path, The Divide challenges visitors to an exercise in stationary movement.

A limited letterpress print edition by Brynn Higgins-Stirrup will be launched at the opening, and an exhibition catalogue with curatorial essay by Oana Tanase, interview between artist and curator, and full photographic documentation is forthcoming.

Please join us for an opening reception and edition launch with curator and artist on Thursday, January 19 from 6–10 pm. Refreshments will be served and all are welcome. Opening coincides with Koffler Gallery's reception for Leopold Plotek from 6–9 pm on the first floor at Artscape Youngplace.

Brynn Higgins-Stirrup received a BFA Honors at Queen’s University in 2013 and studied at Monash University in Australia in 2012. She is currently an MFA candidate in the Penny W Stamps School of Art and Design at the University of Michigan. She has exhibited across Canada, the United States and Europe. In 2016 Higgins-Stirrup was awarded an emerging visual artist grant by the Ontario Arts Council and her artworks have been presented at DNA Artspace (London, Ontario), Truck Contemporary (Calgary, Alberta), Transmitter Gallery (Brooklyn, New York), and the international art exhibition The Lesson of Nature, during Bucharest Art Week (Romania).

Oana Tanase is a Toronto-based independent curator and visual arts researcher. She recently completed a PhD on documentary practices in contemporary art.

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Critical Distance is a not-for-profit initiative and space devoted to the support and advancement of curatorial practice and inquiry in Toronto, Canada, and beyond. Through our existing exhibition and publication programs, and developing community, education, and advocacy initiatives, CDCC provides an open platform for diverse curatorial practices and perspectives, and a forum for the exchange of ideas on curating and exhibition-making as ways to engage and inform audiences from all walks of life. For more info, visit our website or social media pages, linked above.

Image (detail): Brynn Higgins-Stirrup, Exercise in Stationary Movement (To Not Touch but To Think about Touching), 2016