Sur Gallery presents Unpredictable Patterns
Exhibition: February 2 to March 25, 2017
Opening Reception: Thursday, February 2, 2017, 7-10pm
Curator Talk and Artist-led Tour: Thursday, February 2, 2017, 8-8:30pm
100-39 Queens Quay East, Toronto ON M5E 0A5
(Located on the first floor on the east wing of Pier 27, East of Yonge Street)
Gallery Hours: Tues & Wed 10am-2:30pm, Thurs & Fri noon-6pm, Sat 11am-5pm
Curated by Tamara Toledo
Artists Nahúm Flores, Erik Jerezano and Ilyana Martínez formed an artist collective in 2004 meeting weekly to collaborate on works that incorporate drawing, painting, collage, sculpture, and site–specific installations. As individual artists and as members of Z’otz* Collective their work embody themes of migration, displacement, transition and transformation. Their aesthetic language captures a collective imaginary that helps us grasp the multi-layered unpredictable complexities of contemporary life.
Both subtly and overtly, the artists in this exhibition reclaim an unstable perception of belonging and are able to communicate how the body and soul are fractured, can never return to be the same, once displaced. Framed layers of meaning indicate a revelation of experiential truth, a memory of place and of a people translated spontaneously by a subconscious that does not cease to impact. Physical transformation unites these artists as they wander individually and collectively, lingering on themes indicative of their journeys of cultural, emotional and spatial migration.
Erik Jerezano, Rented Souls series, 2016. Image courtesy of the artist
About the Artists
NAHUM FLORES born in 1974 in Danlí, Honduras, immigrated to Canada at the age seventeen, after living in Mexico and the United States. Flores, a Toronto based artist, holds a BFA in Drawing and Painting from OCAD University and has been awarded grants from the Pollock–Krasner Foundation, the Ontario Arts Council and the Toronto Arts Council. His painting and drawing installations have been widely exhibited in Canada and Central America. He was one of six artists to win the Biennale of Visual Art of Honduras in 2006 and in 2016 his work was shown in a solo exhibition entitled The Inheritors at the Museum of National Identity in Tegucigalpa, Honduras.
ERIK JEREZANO was born in Mexico City and is a self-taught Toronto based visual artist who arrived to Toronto in 2001. Jerezano’s work has been exhibited widely in Canada and abroad including Museum Knin in Croatia and the 16th edition of the International Print Biennial Seoul in South Korea. In 2011, Jerezano won first prize of the Courvoisier Collective and in 2012 was awarded by the Pollock-Krasner Foundation. His work is part of the art registry programs at the Drawing Center in New York and the Museum of Latin American Art in California. Jerezano has been awarded grants from the Toronto Arts Council, the Ontario Arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts and is in collections at the Canada Council Art Bank, Bank of Montreal and Cirque du Soleil. Erik Jerezano is represented by Allison Milne Gallery and by General Hardware Contemporary.
ILYANA MARTINEZ was born in Toronto and grew up in Pennsylvania, Wyoming and in Mexico. Martínez holds a Bachelor of Design from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, majored in Drawing and Painting at OCAD University and studied art and design in Italy, Switzerland, and England. She is a recipient of numerous awards including the Pollock-Krasner Foundation in New York, the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council and the Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolour. She has attended artist residencies in Ohio, British Columbia, Mexico, Croatia and Serbia.
Z’OTZ* COLLECTIVE is a Toronto based artist collective that has exhibited in galleries and artist-run centres across Canada, the US, Mexico and Europe. Members Nahúm Flores, Erik Jerezano and Ilyana Martínez have attended residencies in Croatia and Serbia. The trio incorporate ceramic pieces along with charcoal and paper collage into their wall drawing installations. In 2014, they exhibited and led workshops in Orleans Gallery in Ottawa and in 2015 Z’otz* was invited to create a mural for the PanAm Path, coinciding with the PanAm Games in Toronto. Most recently Z’otz* has shown their work at Koffler Gallery in Toronto and at Museum London in London, Ontario and have an upcoming exhibition at Two Rivers Gallery in Prince George, British Columbia.
About the Curator
TAMARA TOLEDO is a Chilean-born Toronto-based curator, visual artist and educator, graduate of OCAD University and holds an MFA from York University. She is co-founder of the Allende Arts Festival and of Latin American Canadian Art Projects (LACAP). For over a decade Toledo has curated numerous group and solo exhibitions as well as the Latin American Speakers Series and has invited over twenty internationally renowned contemporary artists and curators to Toronto such as Gerardo Mosquera, Luis Camnitzer, Tania Bruguera, Alfredo Jaar, Regina Silveira, among many others to articulate and discuss issues of identity and intercultural dynamics in contemporary Latin American art. Toledo has presented her curatorial work at various conferences in Montreal, New York, Vancouver and Toronto as well as written articles on Latin American art for ARM Journal, C Magazine and Fuse. She is presently the Director/Curator of Sur Gallery.
About Sur Gallery
Sur Gallery is Toronto's first gallery space dedicated to the exhibition and critical engagement of contemporary Latin American art. Sur Gallery is a project of LACAP-Latin American Canadian Art Projects.
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LACAP acknowledges the financial support of the Ontario Trillium Foundation, Ontario Arts Council, Business for the Arts and Friends of the Pan Am Path. LACAP also gratefully acknowledges the support of its volunteers; its corporate sponsors: Underline Studio, See Through Web, Steam Whistle Brewery, and Techmien.