Thursday, May 25, 2017 from 7-10pm
Saturday, June 10 at 2pm
March 26 - June 30, 2017
DNA is pleased to present roll and rot, a solo exhibition by London-based artist Kim Neudorf. Using ready-made clichés like textual and collage-based prompts, Neudorf’s paintings and texts strive to defer meaning while generating space for gestural and cognitive gut flora. Hers is a consideration of formlessness where, to cite Yve-Alain Bois, the goal is not a suspension between dualities, but an “alternating rhythm” of absorption and excretion.[i] roll and rot proposes gestures which stretch out the terms of legibility to clear a space for action—action which reconstitutes, transforms and continues to move. These gestures are the starting point of a language that is in excess of meaning, or that which oscillates in a continual re-orientation of the unresolved space between thoughts, physical states, desires, and affects.
The words roll and rot are inspired by artist Jutta Koether’s novel ‘f.’, which explores “what the things are doing that make art”, such as the simultaneous “rot and roll or both” of the “round and rotten” state of an orange.[ii] For Neudorf, to understand such gestures of movement and transition might be to reverse-engineer and re-enact them in the present. roll and rot is also informed by Robert Rauschenberg’s 1951 drawing ‘The Dancer,’ which performs via radiating rings and lines of hooks, arrows, and teeth. The drawing’s affect defers representational meaning while gesturing outward in a circuitous process of action and exchange.
A collaborative text between Neudorf and Liza Eurich will accompany the exhibition.
Kim Neudorf is an artist and writer based in London (ON). She received her BFA from Alberta College of Art and Design in 2005 and her MFA from Western University in 2012. Neudorf attended the Optic Nerve Thematic Residency at the Banff Centre for the Arts in 2005, and in 2011 she was named one of 15 semi-finalists in the 13th RBC Canadian Painting Competition. Her writing and paintings have appeared most recently at Paul Petro, Toronto; Franz Kaka, Toronto; Forest City Gallery, London; Modern Fuel Artist-Run Centre, Kingston; DNA Gallery, London; Evans Contemporary Gallery, Peterborough; and Susan Hobbs Gallery, Toronto. In the Fall of 2014 she curated balloon / portal / starres / fiends at DNA in London, an exhibition of works responding to a short story by Donald Barthelme.
[i] Yve-Alain Bois, “Dialectic,” Formless: a user's guide (NY: Zone Books, 1997) 71.
[ii] Jutta Koether, f. (Berlin: Sternberg Press, 2015) 15.
Thursday, March 23, 2017 from 7-10pm
March 24 - May 13, 2017
DNA is pleased to present Something from Nothing, a solo exhibition by Toronto-based artist Stephanie Cormier. The exhibition continues Cormier’s investigation into the agency of imaginary objects and their possibility to manifest in the physical realm. The concept of a toolbox in the head entails those things that teeter in the imagination, with the potential for tactile manifestation and construction. Cormier’s Toolbox in The Head silkscreen works are inspired by the 1971 work, Two Stage Transfer Drawing, in which Dennis Oppenheim and his son performed collaborative drawings that relied on sensory intake and kinetic response. Cormier similarly collaborates with her child to produce unprecedented and layered forms. Reciting text descriptions of useful tools which her daughter imagines and draws, mother and child become a twin engine filtration system of heads, words, hands, eyes; input, output, and input again.
In Something from Nothing, Cormier introduces a new body of work to accompany these prints; large-scale abstract forms comprised of fused plastic bags. These wall-mounted assemblage works take influence from textile weavings and psychoanalysis. The Transitional Object is often the first possession separate from the mother, providing comfort and fantasy when a child realizes their own independence and agency. Cormier’s Transitional Objects demonstrate a poignant gesture from a mother to a daughter, as well as the linkage between consumerism and resourcefulness in times of displacement and socioeconomic hardship.
Stephanie Cormier is a sculpture and digital media artist currently living and working in Toronto, Ontario. She has received a BFA from OCADU (2007), and an MFA from The University of Guelph (2014). Exhibiting nationally as well as abroad, Cormier has participated in residencies and exhibitions throughout North America, the Caribbean and United Kingdom. In recent years, Cormier’s work has been exhibited at Olga Korper Galley, Versus Gallery, Nuit Blanche Toronto and the Boarding House Gallery at the Art Gallery of Guelph.