Fall In at Blackwood Gallery

Fall In
Fall In
October 26 – December 13, 2009

With Annie Onyi Cheung, Sophie Bélair Clément, Gillian Collyer, Zev Farber, Alison S. M. Kobayashi, Ryan Park, Roula Partheniou, Joshua Schwebel and Josh Thorpe
Curated by Christof Migone

The search for descent is not the erecting
of foundations: on the contrary, it disturbs
what was previously considered immobile;
it fragments what was thought unified;
it shows the heterogeneity of what was
imagined consistent with itself.
Michel Foucault (1)

Fall In follows Fall Out literally. For Fall In, nine artists have been invited to produce works in response to the works presented in Fall Out. The works will be featured alongside the ‘original’ works. The two exhibitions are thus entwined in a chain reaction. As the dominos fall, an immediate genealogy emerges. Causation is repeatedly retriggered and thus the components combine to form the basic ingredients of a history: a word is added to the preceding one and by cumulative inertia both soon become a sentence, a paragraph, a chapter, a book. To fall, and then to fall farther. But also to fall in, as in inward, inside the Fall Out works. To actualize and further the linkages, the Fall In works employ a plethora of strategies, some subtle and delicate, others loud and invasive. They integrate the work by disintegrating its imagined consistency (Foucault). Thereby each of the works is forced to extend beyond itself. The exhibitions respond to each other and consequently aggregate. They suggest a conversation that will go on and on, Fall Out to Fall In to Fall Through to Fall From to Fall To to Fall With to Fall Under, and on.

The pairings:

Annie Onyi Cheung will respond to the work of Simone Jones
Sophie Bélair Clément will respond to the work of Tom Sherman
Gillian Collyer will respond to the work of Kristiina Lahde
Zev Farber will respond to the work of Valerian Maly
Alison S.M. Kobayashi will respond to the work of Paul Litherland
Ryan Park will respond to the work of Erika Keirulf
Roula Partheniou will respond to the work of Zilvinas Kempinas
Josh Schwebel will respond to the work of Robyn Cumming
Josh Thorpe will respond to the work of Don Simmons

(1) Michel Foucault, “Nietzsche, Genealogy, History” in Language, Counter-Memory, Practice, trans. Donald F. Bouchard and Sherry Simon, Cornell University Press, 1977, 147.

*Please note: for the first two weeks (Oct. 26 – Nov. 9) we remain open with our regular hours while the works are being installed in and amongst the works from Fall Out already on display.

Sunday Nov. 8, 12-5pm
FREE Contemporary Art Bus Tour
The bus tour will begin at the ROM at noon with a tour of the Koffler Gallery’s off site exhibition in the ROM’s Institute for Contemporary Culture. From there the bus departs for Doris McCarthy Gallery, Art Gallery of York University and Blackwood Gallery. To reserve a seat, please call the Doris McCarthy Gallery at 416-287-7007 by Friday Nov. 6.

For more information, call 905-828-3789 or email blackwood.gallery@utoronto.ca

Support generously provided by The Canada Council for the Arts, University of Toronto Student Housing and Residence Life (Mississauga) and The Ontario Trillium Foundation.

Blackwood Gallery
University of Toronto Mississauga
3359 Mississauga Rd. N.
Mississauga, ON L5L 1C6

Gallery Hours
Monday to Friday: 11-5pm
Sunday: 1–4pm
Closed Saturdays and on civic holidays