Dave Dyment and Roula Partheniou announced as new Co-Directors of Struts Gallery & Faucet Media, Sackville
Struts Gallery & Faucet Media are pleased to announce the appointment of Dave Dyment and Roula Partheniou as the centre’s new Co-Directors.
Collaborators for almost twenty years, the couple met while working at Art Metropole, and maintain their dedication to artist-run culture and artists’ publications. Together they operate the Nothing Else Press, publishing editions by many acclaimed Canadian and international artists. They are both represented by MKG127 gallery, in Toronto, where they lived before relocating to Sackville last summer.
“The vibrancy of the local arts community – centred around Struts, the Owens Art Gallery and Mount Allison University – was one of the reasons we fell in love with Sackville a decade ago,” the couple expressed in a statement. “We have long admired Struts’ focus on process, production and artist-initiated activities, and its wide-reaching agenda. We look forward to working with the board and community to develop new ideas as to how to continue serving artists and audiences during this state of emergency, and beyond.”
Members can meet the new directors by signing up for online studio visits, a new program which will continue throughout the lockdown. To participate, send your available times and any pertinent links to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject heading STUDIO VISIT.
Dave Dyment is an artist whose practice includes audio, video, photography, performance, writing and curating, and the production of artists’ books and multiples. His research-based work is primarily interested in the ways that cultural value is accrued, and an investigation into the language and grammar of music, cinema and television, in order to arrive at a kind a folk taxonomy of a shared popular vocabulary.
His publications include Watching Night of the Living Dead (Platform Gallery), Pop Quiz (Paul + Wendy Projects) and New Life for Fire (Art Metropole), a collaboration with Lee Ranaldo of Sonic Youth. Dyment’s work has exhibited across Canada and sits in many private and corporate collections, and in the libraries of the AGO and National Gallery of Canada. He has participated in many outdoor art festivals, including Toronto’s Nuit Blanche (2010, 2012), Nocturne in Halifax (2013), London’s LOLA festival (2008, 2009) and In/Future (Toronto, 2016). He was the Canadian artist-in-residence at the Glenfiddich distillery in Dufftown Scotland in the summer of 2008, and participated in the Montreal Biennale in 2014.
Examples of his work can be seen at www.dave-dyment.com.
Roula Partheniou’s largely sculptural practice centres on an exploration of the replica, calling into question the language of everyday objects and the ways that we read and decipher our environment. Her installations, which are often site-specific, utilize mechanisms such as optical illusion, associative play, visual similes, material puns, color cues and the double-take, to draw an alternate logic from commonplace materials. The replica is employed as a tool to deconstruct the experience of perception – placing the viewer somewhere between what they see, and what they thought they knew.
Her work has exhibited across Canada and internationally including shows at Fundacion Calosa, Guanajuanto, Mexico (2019); Arróniz Arte Contemporáneo, Mexico City (2018); Wu Gallery, Lima, Peru (2017); Musee regional de Rimouski, QC (2017); Dunlop Art Gallery, Regina (2016); Tanya Bonakdar, New York (2015); Oakville Galleries, ON (2015); and The Museum of Bat Yam, Israel (2013). In December of last year she was artist-in-residence at Google Headquarters, in Mountain View, California.
Partheniou’s work is held in numerous private and corporate and institutional collections, including Blackwood Gallery at University of Toronto Mississauga, Art Museum at the University of Toronto, The Art Gallery of Peterborough, Musee d’art contemporaine de Montreal, the National Gallery of Canada Library and Archives and Fundacion Calosa. Her work Cup and Ball, commissioned by The BMO Financial Group for the Project Room in 2018, was recently purchased by the Art Gallery of Ontario, and the monograph “INDEX: Roula Partheniou”, which covers a decade of her practice, was released last year. Her work can be seen at www.roulapartheniou.com and www.cupandball.ca.
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