January 14, 2016 - February 29, 2016

Each decay is a form of transformation into other living things, part of the great rampage of becoming that is also unbecoming. It is cruel, it is death, and it is also life, degeneration and regeneration, for nearly all living things live by the death of other things.
— Rebecca Solnit

Artist(s): Mary Grisey, Faye Mullen, Jérôme Nadeau, and Deborah Wang
Curator(s): Noa Bronstein

Exploring the spaces between states of being, Loose Ends traces the cyclical and vernacular places between appearance and disappearance, presence and absence, construction and deconstruction. Each work questions the currency of permanence. Moving between and within, a new kind of relic is realized, one that is both past and present, confined only to the metamorphic. As ruin and entropy take hold of tectonic planes, matter ebbs within ephemerality.

Programs, Events, and Public Art

Exhibition Opening and Catalogue Launch
Thursday, January 14, 2016
5:00 – 8:00 pm: Please join us for a public opening reception and exhibition tour with the curator and artists. Refreshments will be served and all are welcome.


Loose Ends. 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. Loose Ends took place in CDCC’s exhibition space in 2016 under our former name, TYPOLOGY, which was originally located at 180 Shaw Street, No. 302, Artscape Youngplace, Toronto.

Loose Ends is a featured exhibition of the 2016 Toronto Design Offsite Festival (known as DesignTO since 2019).

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Images, left to right: Deborah Wang, Earth Plugs, 2014, white gypsum cement, dimensions variable, from Loose Ends, Critical Distance Centre for Curators (TYPOLOGY), 2016. Photo: Toni Hafkenscheid.

About the Curator(s)

Noa Bronstein

Noa Bronstein is a curator and writer based in Toronto. Her practice is most often focused on considering issues around place and space-making and thinking through how artists disrupt and subvert systems including those registering across social, political and economic structures.

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About the Artists

Deborah Wang

Deborah Wang is an independent curator and designer. She holds a Master of Architecture from the University of Waterloo, and a Master of Fine Arts from OCAD University. Through her diverse practice, Wang has curated and co-curated exhibitions for the Textile Museum of Canada, Gladstone Hotel, XPACE Cultural Centre, and the Art Gallery of Ontario; worked with Katharine Mulherin Contemporary Art Projects; and taught design studio at Ryerson University.

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Faye Mullen

Faye Mullen’s work is informed by a sculptural sensibility combining elements of performance, site, sound, light and image — both moving and still. Informed by time and place, the practice she pursues is self-reflective and considers itself as precisely such, a practice. Characterized by a sustained interest in failure, body, materiality, her studio practice acknowledges weight as it bears as much what is physical as what is immaterial.

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Mary Grisey

Mary Grisey is a textile installation artist and psychic medium based in Los Angeles. She has exhibited her work across the United States and Canada including Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Toronto and Quebec. Her art practice bridges the connection between the physical and the metaphysical and utilizes her psychic downloads as direct inspiration for her work.

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Jérôme Nadeau

Originally from Lévis (QC), Jérôme Nadeau lives and works in Montreal (QC). He holds a master’s degree in photography from Concordia University (2016). His work has been shown in numerous solo and group exhibitions, including at the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal (2020), Galerie René Blouin (2018), Occurrences (Montréal, 2016), Galerie Leonard & Bina Ellen (2016), Battat Contemporary (2016), Parisian Laundry (2016), Gallery 44 (2014) and Gallery Monitor (Gothenburg, Sweden, 2014).

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