Carrie Perreault: Artist Talk and Publication Launch


period of adjustment

May 10 – August 17, 2019
Niagara Artists Centre / Show Room Gallery

Wednesday July 24 at 7pm
Artist talk: Eliza Chandler in conversation with Carrie Perreault
Publication Launch: period of adjustment with essays by Lucy R. Lippard and Sky Goodden

Join Carrie Perreault and Eliza Chandler at the Niagara Artists Centre Wednesday July 24 at 7pm. They will be in conversation about Perreault’s exhibition period of adjustment which is on display until August 17. The evening will also be marked by a publication launch with essays by Lucy R. Lippard and Sky Goodden. This poster is a numbered/ signed edition of 500 and can be purchased in person at the Niagara Artists Centre or online.

Working primarily in sculpture and performance, Carrie Perreault balances resistance and restraint in onerous actions that recount long-term precarity. In making her work, she expends great effort to achieve minimal results. This isn’t about labour; she¬†prioritizes process to reflect on systems of abuse and their connection to emotional and psychological experiences. Through gestural, often repetitive acts and narratives that resist closure, she alludes to complex trauma and its residual effects. By exploring, in a visceral way, failures, vulnerabilities, and the limits of her body, Perreault makes viewers keenly aware of their own.


Carrie Perreault is an artist based in Toronto and New York. Recent exhibitions and projects include SHOW.19, Cambridge Art Galleries, Idea Exchange, curated by Iga Janik (2019); Deathnastics, as part of Gymsick, curated by Hazel Meyer and Lucy Pawlak, Toronto (2018); Hamilton Biennale, Hamilton (2017); Strange Beauty, Tangled Arts + Disability Festival, Toronto (2015); and Little Tremors, Treasure Hill Artist Village, Taipei (2014). Perreault has participated in residencies at Open Studio, Toronto; The Banff Centre; and Taipei Artist Village.

Eliza Chandler is an Assistant Professor in the School of Disability Studies at Ryerson University. Previous to this role, she was the Artistic Director of Tangled Art + Disability, a disability arts organization in Toronto, Canada. Chandler’s teaching and research bring together disability arts, disability studies, and activism. This includes her co-directorship of Bodies in Translation: Activist Art, Technology, and Access to Life, a SSHRC-funded partnership grant dedicated to the cultivation of disability arts in Canada. Chandler sits on the Board of Directors of the Ontario Arts Council and is a practicing curator.

Lucy R. Lippard is a writer, activist, sometime curator, author of 24 books on contemporary art and cultural criticism, including From the Center: Feminist Essays on Women’s Art, Eva Hesse, The Lure of the Local: Senses of Place in a Multicentered Society, and most recently Undermining: A Wild Ride through Land Use, Politics, and Art in the Changing West. She has co-founded various artists’ organizations and publications. She lives off the grid in rural Galisteo, New Mexico, where for 23 years she has edited the monthly community newsletter: El Puente de Galisteo.

Sky Goodden is the founding publisher and editor of¬†Momus,¬†an international online art publication and podcast that stresses ‚Äúa return to art criticism.‚Ä̬†Momus¬†has been shortlisted for two International Awards for Art Criticism since its inauguration in 2014, and has attracted over 850,000 readers. Goodden is currently the Artist-in-Residence at Montreal‚Äôs Concordia University (2018-19). She holds an MFA in Criticism & Curatorial Practice from OCAD University, which awarded her with an Alumni of Influence Award. She has published in¬†Frieze,¬†Modern Painters, Canadian Art, C Magazine,¬†the¬†National Post,¬†and¬†Art21.

This exhibition is partially accessible. There is ramp access at the entrance of the Niagara Artists Centre. The gallery is on the ground floor along with three non-gendered bathrooms, one of which is accessible. There is an audio description of the exhibition. If you require an ASL interpreter or have specific accommodation requests please get in touch with as soon as possible.


Niagara Artist Centre
354 St.Paul St.
St.Catharines, ON L2R 3N2

Gallery Hours
Wed-Fri 12PM – 5PM
Sat 12PM – 4PM or often by chance

Images: Jimmy Limit