Free Shuttle Bus + Artist Talk: Yesterday is Melting

Sandy Williams IV, Wax Monument VII (Free Wax 2.2), Wax, Wicks, 16” x 24” x 42”, 2021.

Yesterday is Melting

April 1 – May 29, 2022

First Artist Talk: Saturday, May 28, 12:00 – 1.30 pm
Shuttle Bus pickup/drop off time: Departing at 10:30 am to the VAC, returning to Toronto at 2:00 pm.
Shuttle Bus pickup/drop off location: Factory Theatre, 125 Bathurst St., Toronto, ON, M5V 2R2
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Second Artist Talk: Saturday, May 28, 3:00 – 4:00 pm

Join us for the closing reception of Sandy Williams IV’s first international solo exhibition, Yesterday is Melting, at the Visual Arts Centre of Clarington on Saturday, May 28, 2022. A free shuttle bus will depart Toronto at 10:30 am to bring visitors to the reception’s first artist talk, scheduled from 12:00 – 1:30 pm. A second artist walkthrough, intended for those not requiring shuttle bus transportation, will be held from 3:00 – 4:00 pm. Visitors will be invited to participate in Williams’ outdoor sculptural installation during the event, activating malleable monuments to North American history.

Yesterday is Melting encapsulates a relentless pursuit of public agency and free will in the face of colonial institutions, governmental power, and increasing social amnesia. Williams implicates audiences to acknowledge how we observe and participate in history. From the reconceptualization of public monuments to the unspoken implications of unattended luggage or the sociopolitical index captured in currency, Williams strikes a balance in tension. They interplay the untouchable and the malleable, the passage of time and the infallible memory, the transparent and the concealed to encourage the viewer’s involvement in history-making.

Additional works by ANTIESTABLISHED (Kate Turner, Warren Jones, and Williams), Mariana Parisca, and Monsieur Zohore respond to Williams’ engagement in the emancipation of public space. Together their disparate works unravel common structures of power and repression in the Americas.

Image: (left) Monsieur Zohore, 1885 – 2022, 2022, mixed media on canvas, (centre) Sandy Williams IV, Wax Monument VII (Free Wax 2.4), 2021, beeswax and wicks, (right) Sandy Williams IV & Jack Doerner, Unattended Baggage (Time Capsule) III, 2020, found suitcase, LED timers, motion sensors, electronics.

Artist Biographies:

Sandy Williams IV is an artist and educator based in Richmond, VA. Their work explores the persistence of memory, the body, and resistance, tasking audiences with agency, to generate public and private opportunities for collaborative engagement. Williams’ work in sculpture, film, text, and public performance inspires functional histories for liberated social spaces in real-time.

They completed their undergraduate studies at the University of Virginia, and earned an MFA at Virginia Commonwealth University in the department of Sculpture + Extended Media. They are an Assistant Professor of Art at the University of Richmond. Recent exhibitions at Reynolds Gallery (Richmond), de boer Gallery (LA), Socrates Sculpture Park (New York), Guadalajara 90210 (Mexico City), and The University of Cumbria (UK).

ANTIESTABLISHED is a multidisciplinary collective whose interests lie on the intersection between art, noise, fashion design, popular culture, and politics. Through their collaborative efforts and imaginations they work to generate loving visions of the future, by perpetrating moments of visceral liberation in the present. ANTIESTABLISHED includes Warren Jones, Kate Tuner, and Sandy Williams IV.

Warren Jones is a creator living in Virginia, Copenhagen, and Berlin. The meaning dictates the means, using all tools to carve out a space.

Kate Turner is an artist and writer from West Chester, Ohio. She uses installation, film, fashion, and performance to abstract memories and experiences she has from growing up as the product of a trans-racially adopted child in the Midwest. She examines contemporary issues surrounding identity, race, and gender. Turner received a BFA in sculpture from Bowling Green State University and an MFA in Sculpture + Extended Media at Virginia Commonwealth University.

Mariana Parisca is an interdisciplinary artist and educator from the USA and Venezuela. Their research investigates the way contemporary global capitalism and its modern colonial precedents create belief systems that promote a dissociated spiritual relationship to matter. Through a decolonial feminist approach, they create performances, sculptures, installations, videos, and printed matter that question and redefine the social abstractions that shape value, resource distribution, and consumption in the Americas.

Parisca’s work has shown at Mas Allá, Bogota, Colombia, Rudimento in Quito, Ecuador, NARS Foundation in New York City, NY, the New Wight Biennial in Los Angeles, CA, the Virginia Museum of History and Culture in Richmond, VA. They currently teach at George Mason University.

Monsieur Zohore is an Ivorian-American artist based in Richmond, VA. His practice invests in the consumption and digestion of culture through the conflation of quotidian labor with art production. Through performance, sculpture, installation, and theater, his practices explore queer histories alongside his Ivorian-American heritage through humor, economics, art history, and labor.

Zohore is the 2020 recipient of the WPA and Warhol Foundation Wherewithal Research Grant, as well as the 2021 Trawick Young Artist Prize. His work has been exhibited in numerous venues including Sprus Gallery (Beijing) Tick Tack (Antwerp), Galleria Bianconi (Milan), and de boer (Los Angeles). Zohore is currently the Assistant Professor of Painting and Drawing at Virginia Commonwealth University.

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