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

Loose Ends, curated by Noa Bronstein and featuring sculpture, video, and photo-based works by Mary Grisey, Faye Mullen, Jérôme Nadeau, and Deborah Wang.

Exploring the spaces between states of being, the exhibition 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.

Loose Ends will be accompanied by an exhibition catalogue with curatorial essay by Noa Bronstein and original writings by each artist, plus full documentation of the show.

Please join us for a public opening reception and exhibition tour with the curator and artists on
Thursday, January 14, from 5–8 pm

Refreshments will be served and all are welcome.

No. 302, Artscape Youngplace, 180 Shaw Street, Toronto, ON M6J 2W5
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About the Artists

Mary Grisey is an American sculptural installation artist currently based in Toronto, Ontario. She received an MFA in the Visual Arts program at York University, a BFA in Fiber and Material Studies from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and a BA in Painting and Drawing from Marist College. She has exhibited her work in solo and group exhibitions in New York, Chicago, Kentucky, San Francisco and Toronto, and was recently awarded the Windgate full fellowship to the Vermont Studio Center for the Spring of 2016.

Faye Mullen makes work which is informed by a sculptural sensibility combining elements of performance, site, sound, light and image — both moving and still. Mullen studied at l’École National Supérieure des Beaux-Arts of Paris, at the Ontario College of Art+Design, and at the University of Toronto where she received her master’s. She has participated in several international artist residencies and her work has been exhibited internationally in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Poland, South Korea, Spain, the UK and the US. Mullen currently situates her practice between Toronto, Canada and Roubaix, France.

Jérôme Nadeau is a Montreal-based artist, curator and editor. He is an MFA candidate at Concordia University and also attended the Photography MA program at the Valand Academy in Sweden. Nadeau is the founder of soon.tw, a publishing platform dedicated to the production of artist books, monographs and multiples, and co-director of Galerie Éphémère, a nomadic initiative promoting the work of emerging artists in atypical environments. He has exhibited his photo-based works widely in Canada, as well as in Portland, Maine, Sweden, and Iceland.

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. She has curated exhibitions widely in Toronto, and exhibited and spoken on her own work both locally and internationally. Currently Wang splits her time as Creative Director of the Toronto Design Offsite Festival, a senior designer for superkül, and as a scholar/maker.

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, and was curated by Noa Bronstein.

Loose Ends is a featured exhibition of the 2016 Toronto Design Offsite Festival.

images, left to right: Mary Grisey, Remains of the Ephemeral III (detail), 2014, photo by Thomas Blanchard; Jérôme Nadeau, Untitled from the RUINS series, 2012–ongoing; Faye Mullen (top), à jamais (still), 2011; Deborah Wang (bottom), Drip (still), 2013

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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