November 7, 2014 - December 14, 2014

Featuring works by Cathryn Miller
Curated by Shani K Parsons

Elemental  is a solo exhibition featuring unique and editioned book works by Saskatchewan artist Cathryn Miller. Ranging from tiny folded paper projects to a new wall-sized composition, the thoughtfully conceived and often laboriously crafted works in the show represent a sustained investigation of manifold worlds, encompassing both the inner/outer, micro/macro, and meta/physical dimensions. In distilling their findings into the personal, poetic, and often playful objects on view, Miller’s observations and life experiences are made exquisitely manifest in the tactile materials, sequential structures, and storied logic of both traditional and invented or altered book forms.

A homecoming of sorts, Elemental is Miller’s first solo show in Toronto, where they were born and lived as a child before moving around the country, eventually settling in Saskatchewan in 1973.

Programs, Events, and Public Art

A full-colour exhibition catalogue with curatorial essay and artist Q+A will accompany the show, along with a limited edition print produced in collaboration with the artist. Exhibition-related events will include a family-friendly paper folding workshop with the artist and a paper star-making workshop just in time for the holidays! See below for event dates and more information.

Public opening reception
Friday, November 7th, 2014
7:00-9:00 pm: Exhibition opening and catalogue launch.


Elemental: Cathryn Miller. Exhibition Catalogue.

Critical Distance Centre for Curators (CDCC) was founded in 2013 under our former name, TYPOLOGY. Established as a not-for-profit space devoted to curatorial and artistic experimentation, we devoted our first three years to providing opportunities for curators and artists to mount fully realized exhibitions within a critical framework. In 2016, we relaunched under our new name (CDCC) with a new Board of Directors and a commitment to meet the need, voiced by local and national curators, for a truly vital curatorial community—one that both supports emerging and underrepresented curators, and advances curatorial practice and inquiry. Elemental took place in CDCC’s exhibition space in 2014 under our former name, TYPOLOGY, and was curated by CDCC’s Founding Director, Shani K Parsons.

Image: Installation view of Language Barrier Too from Elemental: Book Works by Cathryn Miller, 2014, TYPOLOGY Projects.

About the Curator(s)

Shani K Parsons

Since the mid-90s, Shani K Parsons has pursued a multidisciplinary practice focused on exhibition-making — initially through the lenses of architecture, urban planning and public arts administration, then installation, graphic, and environmental design, and most recently through research, writing, curation, and collaboration. She is the Founding Director of Critical Distance Centre for Curators (CDCC).

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About the Artists

Cathryn Miller

A former theatrical designer and fibre artist, Cathryn Miller switched to the book arts in 1994. Under the imprint of Byopia Press, their paper and book works are held in private collections in Canada, England, Ireland, France, Germany, Japan, New Zealand, Australia, and the United States; and in more than 30 public collections in Canada, the United States, and England. The output of Byopia Press ranges from hand bound journals, sketchbooks, cards, and calendars to limited edition books (occasionally produced in collaboration with other artists) to sculptural works. The latter are sometimes produced from recycled books.

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