Archive:The Path, The Divide | Brynn Higgins-StirrupJanuary 19–February 19, 2017

The Path, The Divide | Brynn Higgins-Stirrup

January 19–February 19, 2017

CDCC is pleased to present The Path, The Divide, a solo exhibition of recent works by Canadian artist Brynn Higgins-Stirrup, curated by Oana Tanase.

Fascinated by the ways in which we confront and reconcile intuitive inquiry with organized thought and form, Higgins-Stirrup has developed a distinctive visual language and practice that revolves around learning systems, geometry, mapping, and writing. Seducing the viewer through technical exactitude and material subtlety, her artworks speak of the space that lies between knowledge and truth, information and meaning.

For this exhibition, curator Oana Tanase has selected a series of works on paper and a mixed media installation that reveal how Higgins-Stirrup incorporates traditional elements and makes use of written language in her art practice. Playing with notions of cognitive processes, such as contemplation and unlearning, The Path, The Divide challenges visitors to an exercise in stationary movement.

A limited letterpress print edition by Brynn Higgins-Stirrup will be launched at the opening, and an exhibition catalogue with curatorial essay by Oana Tanase, interview between artist and curator, and full photographic documentation is forthcoming.


Exhibition on view January 19–February 19, 2017
Join us for an opening reception and edition launch with curator and artist on Thursday, January 19 from 6–9 pm.
Refreshments will be served and all are welcome.

Critical Distance Centre for Curators (CDCC)
Suite 302, Artscape Youngplace, 180 Shaw Street, Toronto, ON M6J 2W5
See Google map of location

About the Artist

Brynn Higgins-Stirrup received a BFA Honors at Queen’s University in 2013 and studied at Monash University in Australia in 2012. She is currently an MFA candidate in the Penny W Stamps School of Art and Design at the University of Michigan. She has exhibited across Canada, the United States and Europe. In 2016 Higgins-Stirrup was awarded an emerging visual artist grant by the Ontario Arts Council and her artworks have been presented at DNA Artspace (London, Ontario), Truck Contemporary (Calgary, Alberta), Transmitter Gallery (Brooklyn, New York), and the international art exhibition The Lesson of Nature, during Bucharest Art Week (Romania).

About the Curator

Oana Tanase is a Toronto-based independent curator and visual arts researcher. She recently completed a PhD on documentary practices in contemporary art.

image: Exercise in Stationary Movement: To Not Touch but To Think about Touching (detail), 2016


Please join us for the following exhibiton-related events. Click below for more info.

Opening Reception and Edition Launch Thursday, January 19, 2017 from 6–9 pm

Please join us for a public opening reception and edition launch for The Path, The Divide on Thursday, January 19th from 6–9 pm. Artist Brynn Higgins-Stirrup and curator Oana Tanase will be in attendance and all are welcome.

This event coincides with the reception for Koffler Gallery’s Winter exhibition, Leopold Plotek: No Work, Nor Device, Nor Knowledge, Nor Wisdom, opening from 6–9 pm.

Reception date and time
Thursday, January 19, 2017 from 6–9 pm

Event location
Critical Distance Centre for Curators
180 Shaw Street, Suite 302
Artscape Youngplace, Toronto, ON M6J 2W5
See Google map of location

We look forward to seeing you!

Afternoon with the Curator: Oana Tanase Saturday, February 18, 2017 from 12–5 pm

Drop in anytime from 12–5 pm on Saturday, February 18th for light refreshments and casual conversation with art researcher and independent curator Oana Tanase, who will be at the space to answer questions about her exhibition and curatorial process.

Date and time
Saturday, February 18, 2017 from 12—5 pm

Event location
Critical Distance Centre for Curators
180 Shaw Street, Suite 302
Artscape Youngplace, Toronto, ON M6J 2W5
See Google map of location