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January 9 - March 15, 2014

Artists: Jim Holyoak (Toronto, Canada), Geoffrey Jones (Montréal, Canada), Thomas Kneubuhler (Montréal, Canada), The Otolith Group (London, UK)

Curators: Vicky Chainey Gagnon, Geneviève Chevalier, Gentiane Bélanger 

Opening Reception: Thursday, January 9, 2014 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm

A thematic group exhibition that forms part of the Social Currents series, Energy brings together the work of four contemporary artists: Montréal-based Geoffrey Jones and Thomas Kneubühler, Toronto-based Jim Holyoak and the London, England-based collective The Otolith Group (Kodwo Eshun and Anjalika Sagar). Together, the artists and the collective explore the theme of “energy,” while reflecting on its socio-political and philosophical implications, as well as its uses and abuses. This exhibition combines sculptural installation and large-scale drawings as well as photography and video projects.

Artist Biographies:

Jim Holyoak is a visual artist currently based in Toronto who works mainly in site-specific installations with graphite, charcoal and ink. His artistic practice explores the bridges and boundaries between perception, memory, and fantasy. Holyoak received his BFA from University of Victoria in 2004 and his MFA in Drawing from Concordia University (Montréal) in 2011. He also apprenticed with the ink painter Shen Ling Xiang in Yangshuo, China in 2007. Jim Holyoak has participated in group exhibitions at the Gemeente Museum in The Hague, Netherlands (2013), the Bleicher/Golightly Gallery in Santa Monica (2013), the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal (2011), and the Walter Phillips Gallery in Banff (2011). His recent solo exhibitions include Lycanthrope at the Galerie Donald Browne in Montréal (2013) and Oblivion Monstrosus at the Bliecher/Golightly Gallery (2012). Holyoak is also a practising curator and has organized shows at Gallery X and the Friendship Cove in Montréal. His work is included in the collections of the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, Loto-Québec and the Musée d’art contemporain de Baie-Saint-Paul Québec. 

The Otolith Group is an UK-based artist collective founded in 2002 by Anjalika Sagar and Kodwo Eshun. Its work focuses on essay film-making and investigates themes of archiving, economic crises, science fictions, cybernetics and speculative futures. The Otolith Group is the name of the platform on which the collective works as artists, curators, researchers, writers and publishers. Kodwo Eshun holds a BA Honours in English Literature from Oxford University and an MA from Southampton University, while co-founder Anjalika Sagar studied social anthropology at the University of London. The Otolith Group has exhibited internationally, with group exhibitions at documenta (13) in Kassel, Germany (2012), the Biennale de Lyon in France (2011), FormContent in London (2011) and the Centre d’art Contemporain de Genève, Switzerland (2011). Their recent solo exhibitions include Thoughtform at the MAXXI National Museum of XXI Century Arts in Rome (2011-12) and Westfailure at Project 88 in Mumbai (2012), while producing publications such as The Militant Image. Since 2006, The Otolith Group has been curating exhibitions and programs internationally at The Showroom in London, FACT in Liverpool, and Globe in Frankfurt. In 2010, the collective was nominated for the Turner Prize. The Otolith Group’s collaborators include: Dopplereffekt (Gerald Donald), Lise Autogena and Joshua Portway, Justin Barton and Mark Fisher, Brian W. Rogers, Rayya Badran, Shanay Jhaveri, Eyal Sivan, Tyler Friedman, Silvia Maglioni & Graeme Thomson, Harun Farocki, Simon Arazi, John Akomfrah and the Black Audio Film Collective (Reece Auguiste, Edward George, Lina Gopaul, Avril Johnson, David Lawson and Trevor Mathison). 

Born in Solothurn, Switzerland, Thomas Kneubühler is a visual artist working in Montréal. He works with various media such as photography and video, often investigating social issues and how technology affects people’s lives. Common subjects of Kneubühler’s work are the dichotomies of public and private space and the transfixed beauty of the cityscape. He holds a MFA from Concordia University in Montréal, which he completed in 2003. Kneubühler has participated in major group exhibitions at institutions such as Centre culturel canadien in Paris (2012), Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal (2011) and the Kunstmuseum Solothurn in Soleure (2008). Thomas Kneubühler has also held solo exhibitions at Gallery 44 in Toronto (2011), Latitude 53 in Edmonton (2009) and Skol - Centre des arts actuel in Montréal (2004). In 2011, he was awarded the Pratt & Whitney Canada Prize of the Conseil des arts de Montréal. Kneubühler’s work can be found in several collections, such as the Basler Kunstkredit, Canada Council Art Bank and Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada.

Geoffrey Jones was born in 1973 in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories. His work incorporates sculpture, installation, performance, design and video. Geoffrey studied civil engineering at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver and completed his MFA at Concordia University, Montréal. He has participated in Electric Mountains with Thomas Kneubühler at Gallery 44, Toronto (2011), First Hand Steroids at Andreas Melas Presents, Athens (2007) and Ignition at the Leonard & Bina Ellen Art Gallery, Montréal (2004). He lives and works in Montréal.

The exhibition is produced by the Foreman Art Gallery and financially supported with funds from the Canada Council for the Arts.

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