“HOST” a drive-by front lawn exhibition for social distancing

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“HOST” a drive-by front lawn exhibition for social distancing

Adrienne Trent
Gunilla Josephson
Anne Cooper

Front garden and porch @
217 Havelock Street
Toronto ON

Socially distanced solstice opening: Saturday June 20, 5-9pm
Numerous 2 metre spaced “distancing circles” available on surrounding sidewalk, street and school parking lot across the street.
Open daily for “drive-by” or sidewalk viewing: noon to 4pm daily from June 21 until Sunday June 28

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Images (L-R): Gunilla Josephson, Anne Cooper, Adrienne Trent

Adrienne Trent
Trent’s compositions frequently include juxtapositions of imagery culled from disparate sources including biology, the natural world, and scenes of domesticity. In doing so, her work explores the relationship between personal and bodily disorder, and technological innovations in the scientific world. In HOST, bulbous and threatening forms protrude erratically, apparently uncontrollably, from their rigid and room shaped confines within the safety of solid walls and overhead roof of their scaled down home structure.

Gunilla Josephson
For the exhibition “HOST”, Gunilla Josephson presents “co/vid/mid/sommar”. On the longest day of the year, in a time of uncertainty, a symbol of light and fecundity asserts itself against the encroaching darkness.

Anne Cooper
Anne Cooper’s work reminds us that while we often romanticize and sentimentalize nature…it’s landscape, it’s flora and fauna, there is often a sinister and punitive side to it. Born out of this current time of pandemic, it is a reminder to tread carefully and with great respect. A hybrid of roots, a science fiction nature cyborg, and dreams of being lost in a forest and springing to my mind as I write this….“the owls are not what they seem” (Twin Peaks). Anne spends her days in High Park walking packs of dogs, giving her ample opportunity to witness seasonal change, as well as the effect that we have on the landscape. Anne is fascinated with all things growing, dying, changing, the cycle, as the inspiration for this work. With the pandemic percolating in all of our minds, she explores the idea of nature gone awry.

Artist’s biographies
Adrienne Trent was a co-founder of Republic and was a member of the Red Head Gallery and Loop Gallery. She has had exhibits in commercial galleries; Robert Birch, Edward Day, Deleon White, Lonsdale and V.Macdonnell; in public galleries; Art Gallery of Clarington, Koffler Gallery, Justina M. Barnicke, Robert Langen, and the Robert McLaughlin Gallery, and in various artist-run spaces; Artspace, White Water Gallery, Mercer Union, La Centrale, and SAW Gallery. As well as a number of artist curated projects. Adrienne’s work is in the collections of the CBC, The Art Gallery of Ontario, University of Toronto, and numerous private collections.

Gunilla Josephson is a Swedish artist based in Toronto, who has exhibited extensively in Canada and internationally during the past 30 years. A forthcoming exhibition will take place at SSE Art Initiative, Stockholm, in 2020.
Website: GunillaJosephson.com

Anne Cooper lives and works in Toronto and is a graduate of the Ontario College of Art. She has returned to her art practice recently after an extensive break to raise her family in 1997. Highlights of her art career, include being curated by Diana Nemiroff into a national exhibition and being the recipient of numerous arts grants from Toronto, Ontario and Canada Arts Councils.