Summer 2023 Exhibitions Opening Party at The Power Plant
Thursday, June 22, 8 PM–11 PM
The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery, Toronto
On Thursday, June 22, from 8 PM to 11 PM, join the Opening Party at The Power Plant!
Be among the first to see thought-provoking exhibitions by contemporary Canadian artists as part of our summer exhibition season. The programming includes two solo exhibitions by Canadian artists Ron Terada and Jen Aitken, alongside the second part of the group exhibition in parallel featuring six artists with strong connections to Toronto. The exhibitions run from June 23–September 4, 2023 with free admission to the gallery.
Admission is free. RSVP to secure your free ticket.
Ron Terada: WE DID THIS TO OURSELVES
Vancouver-based artist Ron Terada presents his first major solo exhibition in Toronto since 2018. The show will feature his monumental painting series TL; DR, 2017–22, and a newly commissioned sign sculpture in The Power Plant’s Fleck Clerestory. TL; DR is a series of paintings featuring headlines generated from The Verge, an online tech-news source, and recasting them in the distinct font used by The New York Times. TL; DR is internet slang for “too long; didn’t read,” and Terada’s works speak to our shared sense of frustration when faced with the overwhelming experience of today’s often catastrophic news.
Jen Aitken: The Same Thing Looks Different
Jen Aitken is a Toronto-based artist whose first major institutional presentation features both new commissions and a selection of existing concrete sculptures. Primarily working in sculpture, Aitken’s practice considers how we relate to space, form, and material as we move through our urban environment. Common building materials—concrete, wood, and fibreglass—are formed into unexpected and ambiguous configurations that engage with the viewer’s body and interact with the gallery’s architecture. Aitken will also debut her first video installation, animating the geometric lexicon of her sculptures into an immersive prelude to the exhibition.
The second iteration of in parallel group exhibition showcases works by Ella Gonzales, Micah Lexier, Matt Nish-Lapidus, Erdem Taşdelen, Sami Tsang, and Shaheer Zazai, and will feature painting, textile, video, ceramics, sculpture, and an interactive scavenger hunt around The Power Plant’s building.
About The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery
The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery is Canada’s leading public gallery devoted exclusively to contemporary visual art. It is a vital forum for the advanced artistic culture of our time and offers an exceptional facility and professional support to diverse living artists, while also engaging equally diverse audiences. The Power Plant pursues its activities through exhibitions, publications, and public programming that incorporate other areas of culture when they intersect with visual art. For more information, please visit thepowerplant.org.
The venue is accessible, and includes automatic doors at the entrance and accessible parking nearby.