The York U 2023 MFA Cohort Presents: a juncture, a join, a strait, a pinch

Including works by D’Andrea Bowie, Rachael Dodgson, Fehn Foss, Corynn Kokolakis, Jim Russell, Kasia Sosnowski, Elisa Vita & Jo Yetter

Promotional poster for a juncture, a join, a strait, a pinch

March 10 – 18, 2023
Artist panel: Friday, March 17, 2023, 6 – 7pm
Reception: Friday, March 17, 2023, 7 – 9pm
Opening hours: Fridays & Saturdays, 11am – 7pm
By appointment: please contact individual artists
Collision Gallery
Commerce Court South, Toronto

York University’s 2023 MFA Graduating Cohort is excited to present a celebratory group exhibition and reception to kick off this year’s visual art thesis exhibition program. a juncture, a join, a strait, a pinch is the culmination of two years of ongoing conversations between artists, material, theory, and studio practice. Each artist has contributed a selection of work that acts as a sneak-peek for their larger body of work and upcoming individual thesis exhibitions.

Join us on Friday, March 17th for an artist panel discussion at 6pm followed by a reception. Light refreshments will be served.

Fehn Foss, Untitled, dimensions variable, resin coated paper and waste materials, 2022; Jo Yetter, Untitled (book work), screenprint on paper, 2022, image provided by the artists

“A juncture, a join, a strait, a pinch: these are words that transition, that squeeze and reform— but also words that connect and bond. These are words that can gather disparate elements and assemble them into something new. Apt for a group show gathering loose connected practices, but knowing these artists and the relationships between them, there are deeper connections that are not readily evident. Invisible webs of thought and affect traverse their diverse practices.” – from exhibition text written by Brendan Flanagan, artist, writer, and 3rd year PhD candidate at York University.

D’Andrea Bowie, wip (studio shot), 2022, image provided by the artist

Thesis Exhibition Schedule

In anticipation of the 2023 MFA graduating class, please join the artists in the celebration of their thesis exhibition shows. Exhibition schedule, location, and contact details are listed below:

Jo Yetter
Propagation Station
April 1 – 8, 2023
2172 Dundas St. W.

Fehn Foss
the work of holding and exiting
April 10 – 22, 2023
shell projects

Kasia Sosnowski
is that a promise or a threat?
April 10 – 14, 2023
Gales Gallery

D’Andrea Bowie
April 17 – 21, 2023
Fireplace Lounge, York University

Rachael Dodgson
30 going on 13 like like or just a “like”?
April 17 – 21, 2023
Gales Gallery

Elisa Vita
Natural Fictions
April 17 – 21, 2023
Special Projects Gallery

Jim Russell
The Poetics of Proximity
April 24 – 28, 2023
Gales Gallery

Corynn Kokolakis
May 22 – 26, 2023
Special Projects Gallery

Founded in 1959, York University is known for driving teaching and research excellence with cross-disciplinary programming, innovative course design and experiential education opportunities. York University’s School of the Arts, Media, Performance, and Design (AMPD) is one of North America’s premier centres for education in the arts.

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Collision Gallery
Commerce Court South
30 Wellington St, Unit G114
Toronto, ON M5L 1G4

Collision Gallery is partially accessible; access from the main doors off Wellington Street, or the Commerce Court courtyard.

Supported by Collision Gallery, The York University Graduate Program in Visual Arts and The York University Graduate Students Association

@VAAHartspaces @yorkumfa

Image descriptions:
1) The names of the contributing artists are written horizontally in a light peach colour, each artist’s name starts a new line, the writing fills the width and height of the poster. The majority of the background is light blue. Centered in the middle of the poster, overlaid on top of the names, is the title of the exhibition, a juncture, a join, a strait, a pinch, written in deep blue.
2) In the corner of a white-walled gallery sits a cheese cloth bag with dried paper pulp on top of a piece of square concrete, which is placed on top of a pink, yellow, and ochre lumen print. In the background to the left, is a small folded book, with a light brown screen printed texture.
3) A realistic hand, made of red clay, grasps another smaller arm made of the same deep red material. The sculpture is partially visible as it protrudes from the half of a plaster mold.