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My first solo exhibition!

EXHIBITION: To light a candle is to cast a shadow | Screen printed collage work by Alicia Nauta (Toronto)
DATES: August 11 – September 21, 2016
OPENING NIGHT: Thursday, August 11, 7-10 PM, artist in attendance, special electronic music performance by Carl Didur (Toronto)
INFO: www.possibleworldsshop.com or info@possibleworldsshop.com

Possible Worlds presents emerging artist Alicia Nauta (Toronto) in 'To light a candle is to cast a shadow', the first solo exhibition of her screen printed collage work.

“To light a candle is to cast a shadow” is a quote from speculative fiction novelist and poet Ursula K. Le Guin, and serves as a point of departure. 

In this exhibition, Nauta reflects on the dualities and exchanges present in all forms of human and natural life: with light, there is darkness; with progress, there is decline. Environmental degradation, the crumbling of civilization, abstracted and psychedelic reality, domestic space, and human belonging are key themes that are explored. 

Images collected from earlier publications, such as home decor guides from the 60's and 70's, botanical guides and encyclopedias, and pre-computer graphic design manuals, form the basis of Nauta’s work. The images are then manipulated, photocopied, cut, pasted and finally screen printed. 

By drawing on shared visual fragments of the past, her compositions are reassuringly familiar. At the same time, these visual fragments are combined in a way that challenge logic, space, and time, leaving the viewer unsettled or alienated, questioning reality.

Within Nauta’s collages lie a simultaneous celebration and mourning for a world we are only passing through. It has been here before us, and will remain long after we are gone.

OPENING NIGHT

Opening night is Thursday, August 11, 7-10 PM at Possible Worlds with artist in attendance. Special electronic music performance by Carl Didur (Zacht Automaat).

** Entry is free and open to all.

ARTIST BIOGRAPHY

Alicia Nauta (www.alicianauta.com) is a Toronto-based artist whose practice is made up of collage, screenprinting, installation, wallpaper, book works, and a growing collection of found oddities for a future museum. She is member of Punchclock, a Toronto print studio, and has taught screenprinting and other DIY workshops at the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) as part of the AGO Youth Free After Three program. She regularly tables at the New York Art Book Fair (NYABF) and Los Angeles Art Book Fair (LAABF) with publications and prints. Her work has been exhibited at the AGO, Printed Matter, Katherine Mulherin, Artscape Youngplace, Art Metropole, and Narwhal Projects, as well as permanent wallpaper installations at Double Double Land, Likely General and a really cool baby's room. 

MUSIC PERFORMER BIOGRAPHY

Carl Didur (carldidur.bandcamp.com) is a Toronto-based keyboardist who often uses multiple 1/4" reel to reel tape loops on stage to create layered, shifting, minimalist compositions. Simple rhythms are phased with drifting melodies while Carl adjusts and blends, echoes and accompanies. Poly-rhythms and pentatonic solos burble and grind in a cavern of reverb. He is a founding member of ZACHT AUTOMAAT, a prolific instrumental jazz-rock band. Music for thinking, dancing, working, being. 

We would like to acknowledge funding support for this show from the Ontario Arts Council, an agency of the Government of Ontario.

Ordinary Extraordinary: new independent publishing by women

  Printed Matter March 26 - April 11, 2016 Featuring the work of Alicia’s Klassic Kool Shoppe, Emma Kohlmann, LAZY MOM, Melinda Melmoth, Miniature Garden, Pegacorn Press, and Slow Editions. Opening Saturday, March 26th, 5-7pm, with the launch of Lazy Mom’s new zine, Easy Come Ordinary Extraordinary is a group show of work by women-run publishing imprints and self-publishing artists. Using inexpensive printing techniques such as photocopying and risograph, much of this work takes inspiration from the familiar and everyday and elevates it to a new level of importance and relevance. With themes ranging from pop culture icons and processed foods to the human form and sexuality, these publishers offer fresh perspectives on well-established subject matter…. LAZY MOM creates otherworldly installations out of junk food and pantry staples. The fruits of their labor are at once recognizable but wholly transformed into something that you would probably never want to eat. Melinda Melmoth pays painstaking homage to pop culture television and movies by drawing each scene from hit shows and films such as “True Detective”, “Magic Mike”, and “Magic Mike 2”. Also on view will be her quilt depicting nude scenes from the HBO prison show, “Oz”. Miniature Garden re-examines traditional and sometimes mundane forms of domesticity and provides new context for viewing and appreciating the intimacy of the home in publications such as “Household Objects” and “House Plant Music” a cassette tape featuring the music of Xiu Xiu with an accompanying zine of photographs and drawings by Denise Schatz. Alicia Nauta of Alicia’s Klassic Kool Shoppecreates imagined interior spaces by taking recognizable elements that make up a home such as rugs, windows and doorways and combining them in strange and often psychedelic ways. Slow Editions publishes books, drawings and multiples rooted in drawing. Eunice Luk’s own work plays with line, form, and abstraction. Her simple & elegant drawings are made up of abstracted shapes that hint at recognizable forms of figures, trees, and vessels. Alicia Nauta and Eunice Luk often collaborate on books and prints, a selection of which will also be included in the show. Caroline Paquita of Pegacorn Press creates a mystical form of feminism that simultaneously feels ancient and yet entirely contemporary. In works such as “Garden of the Womanimal” and “Womanilistic”, wild and fierce females run amok and the vagina reigns over all. Emma Kohlmann creates haunting and beautifully erotic narratives by interweaving simple and crude ink drawings with poetic musings on alienation, sex, and death. Awkward bodies lumber on the pages and engage in a multitude of sexual positions with eachother, but a feeling of loneliness persists throughout. About Easy Come: LAZY MOM’s fifth self-published zine, “Easy Come” is a collection of visceral food photography with romantic and debaucherous undertones. Imagine a sweaty summer night with melted candy drips and a swirling sea of chocolate. Imagine a hot date with a full frontal octopus and a rose dipped in Cheez Whiz. Imagine no more because it’s all a reality…come inside “Easy Come.” Image from the cover of Easy Come  

 

Printed Matter

March 26 - April 11, 2016

Featuring the work of Alicia’s Klassic Kool Shoppe, Emma Kohlmann, LAZY MOM, Melinda Melmoth, Miniature Garden, Pegacorn Press, and Slow Editions.

Opening Saturday, March 26th, 5-7pm, with the launch of Lazy Mom’s new zine, Easy Come

Ordinary Extraordinary is a group show of work by women-run publishing imprints and self-publishing artists. Using inexpensive printing techniques such as photocopying and risograph, much of this work takes inspiration from the familiar and everyday and elevates it to a new level of importance and relevance. With themes ranging from pop culture icons and processed foods to the human form and sexuality, these publishers offer fresh perspectives on well-established subject matter….

LAZY MOM creates otherworldly installations out of junk food and pantry staples. The fruits of their labor are at once recognizable but wholly transformed into something that you would probably never want to eat.

Melinda Melmoth pays painstaking homage to pop culture television and movies by drawing each scene from hit shows and films such as “True Detective”, “Magic Mike”, and “Magic Mike 2”. Also on view will be her quilt depicting nude scenes from the HBO prison show, “Oz”.

Miniature Garden re-examines traditional and sometimes mundane forms of domesticity and provides new context for viewing and appreciating the intimacy of the home in publications such as “Household Objects” and “House Plant Music” a cassette tape featuring the music of Xiu Xiu with an accompanying zine of photographs and drawings by Denise Schatz.

Alicia Nauta of Alicia’s Klassic Kool Shoppecreates imagined interior spaces by taking recognizable elements that make up a home such as rugs, windows and doorways and combining them in strange and often psychedelic ways.

Slow Editions publishes books, drawings and multiples rooted in drawing. Eunice Luk’s own work plays with line, form, and abstraction. Her simple & elegant drawings are made up of abstracted shapes that hint at recognizable forms of figures, trees, and vessels. Alicia Nauta and Eunice Luk often collaborate on books and prints, a selection of which will also be included in the show.

Caroline Paquita of Pegacorn Press creates a mystical form of feminism that simultaneously feels ancient and yet entirely contemporary. In works such as “Garden of the Womanimal” and “Womanilistic”, wild and fierce females run amok and the vagina reigns over all.

Emma Kohlmann creates haunting and beautifully erotic narratives by interweaving simple and crude ink drawings with poetic musings on alienation, sex, and death. Awkward bodies lumber on the pages and engage in a multitude of sexual positions with eachother, but a feeling of loneliness persists throughout.

About Easy Come:
LAZY MOM’s fifth self-published zine, “Easy Come” is a collection of visceral food photography with romantic and debaucherous undertones. Imagine a sweaty summer night with melted candy drips and a swirling sea of chocolate. Imagine a hot date with a full frontal octopus and a rose dipped in Cheez Whiz. Imagine no more because it’s all a reality…come inside “Easy Come.”

Image from the cover of Easy Come

 

Your only private part is your brain


A collaborative exhibition of new works by Alicia Nauta and Eunice Luk,
including wallpaper installation, serigraphs, paintings and ceramic sculptures.

Please join us for the opening reception of:
Your only private part is your brain

Opening reception:
2016 / 2 / 28 (Sunday) ・ 1 - 5 pm

We will be serving a special cocktail we make from brain juice!

Exhibition runs between 2016 / 2 / 28 to 2016 / 3 / 21
Open every day 11- 7 pm

Exhibition title by Maddie Harker

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DIY Days at the AGO: Free after Three

DIY DAYS AT THE AGO with Alicia Nauta

ages 14- 25, every Tuesday 4- 6pm. Free, supplies included.

Free After Three Program upcoming workshops

January 26th: Tie Dye party with Paddy Leung

February 2nd: Mail Art and screening of How to draw a bunny (doc on Ray Johnson)

March 8th: Knitting

March 22: Screenprinting tote bags

March 28th: Terrariums