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I Thought There Were Limits

Black and pink hanging fabric shapes

Works by:

Karen Henderson, Yam Lau, Gordon Lebredt, Kika Thorne, Josh Thorpe

I Thought There Were Limits

March 28–May 18, 2013

Curated by Julia Abraham

Justina M. Barnicke Gallery

I thought there were limits, Newtonian

The apples, falling, never hit the ground.
– D.G. Jones

I Thought There Were Limits brings together five Toronto-based artists whose work engages with both the material and conceptual dimensions of space. Taking as its departure the tradition of site-specificity pioneered in the 1960s, the exhibition presents a category of site-specific gestures that derive unique material implications once they are affixed to a site. By displaying previously conceived artworks along with new works made for this occasion, the exhibition tests the limits of site-specific practice as both responsive to a particular place while also adaptable to any site. Like a perpetually falling apple and the expanding ground beneath it, the artworks form a responsive relationship to their site and in so doing reveal specific architectural, temporal and virtual properties of the Justina M. Barnicke Gallery. This selection of artworks is representative of the variations of site-specific practices within Toronto contemporary art. The project demonstrates a local history of spatial practices that challenge the terms and expected ways that a work might be responsive to a place.

This exhibition is produced as part of the requirements for the MVS degree in Curatorial Studies at the University of Toronto.

Opening Reception

Thursday March, 28, 2013, 7–9pm
Justina M. Barnicke Gallery

Contemporary Art Bus Tour

Including a curatorial tour with Julia Abraham
Sunday April 28, 12–5pm

Artist Talk and Listen

Tuesday May 7, 2013, 7pm
Featuring Julia Abraham, Kika Thorne and Josh Thorpe
Justina M. Barnicke Gallery

Panel Talk

An Introduction to the General Theory of Place
Saturday May 11, 2013, 2pm
Facilitated by Julia Abraham
Justina M. Barnicke Gallery

Our Supporters

We gratefully acknowledge the operating support from the Canada Council for the Arts, with additional project support from athe Ontario Arts Council, Screen Art, Akimbo, and Akau Framing & Art.

Title Image: Installation view of I Thought There Were Limits, 2013. Image credit: Toni Hafkenscheid.