EXHIBITION: Flights & Landings

May 12, 2015 - June 12, 2015

Artist(s): Tamara Gayer, Christine Gedeon, and Janine Miedzik
Curator(s): Shani K Parsons

Flights and Landings is a two-part exhibition of work by three multidisciplinary artists from three different cities: Brooklyn-based Tamara Gayer, Berlin-based Christine Gedeon, and Toronto-based Janine Miedzik. Known for their visually engaging, site-responsive approaches to installation, each artist will debut a large-scale project in one of the stairwell galleries at Artscape Youngplace (the Flights), complemented by a selection of smaller artworks representing object-oriented aspects of their practices in the project space (the Landings).

Each artist draws upon sources unique to her individual history and experiences, yet they all share a lifelong fascination with cities and the built environment, symbolic representations of both in maps and signs, and the commercial methods and materials used in related trades. Translating physical and mental states of transition into the idiosyncratic lines, patterns, and planes of pure colour which make up their striking and immersive artworks, Gayer, Gedeon and Miedzik invite viewers to become fellow travelers through the playful and expansive mind-spaces of their respective imaginations.

Opening reception
Thursday, March 12th, 2015
6:00–8:00 pm: Join us for an opening reception with the artists. Refreshments will be served and all are welcome!

We gratefully acknowledge the support of Artscape Youngplace and Artscape Gibraltar Point for this exhibition and related community art project.

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. Flights & Landings took place in CDCC’s exhibition space in 2015 under our former name, TYPOLOGY, and was curated by CDCC’s Founding Director, Shani K Parsons. TYPOLOGY Projects was originally located at 180 Shaw Street, No. 302, Artscape Youngplace, Toronto.

Image: Tamara Gayer, 24 Hours Toronto (detail), site-specific installation in the north stairwell at Artscape Youngplace, 2015. 

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

Janine Miedzik

Janine Miedzik uses abstract visual interruptions to re-shape an awareness of our surroundings. Working with bright and blunt materials she examines the context of presentation. Her often-temporary objects and veneers become bodily stand-ins and carry the act of making marks, replayed and reworked, on every leg of her journey. Known for a  practice that articulates observations and responses to the built environment Miedzik’s works with a range of media; painting, wall-works photo-based collages installations and sculpture.

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Tamara Gayer

Tamara Gayer is an artist transfixed by the city. Suspended between the impulses of an image maker and  those of a builder she creates work that mutates from drawing to installation to video. Born in NYC, gayer grew up in Jerusalem and Tel-Aviv. She holds a BA from Sarah Lawrence College and an MFA from Hunter College. In New York her work has been show at Foxy Production, Exit Art, Smackmellon and most recently at toomerlabzda. She is represented in several prominent collections including that of the Museum of Modern Art where she has lectured on her work.

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Christine Gedeon

Born in Aleppo, Syria, Christine Gedeon is currently based in Berlin and New York. She holds a BA in Studio Art and Art History from SUNY New Paltz and has shown her work in North America, Europe, and Asia through residencies and exhibitions at The WYE (Berlin), A.I.R. Gallery and BRIC (New York), and the Busan Triennial (Korea), among others.

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