1 North Square, Cambridge, ON
For the lack thereof addresses the object and its fundamental yet unseen relationship with the void. Forms that appear missing, processes that lead to material changes, and illusions of presence articulate interests in the physical form from artists inherently interested in material’s ability to address itself. The romantic subtitle suggests an absence of consideration for the void, or rather a longing for acknowledgment of its being, helps to root a collection of works in a discussion of the elemental nature of an art object. While stark in appearance and calculated in presentation, the works in this exhibition show us that the unseen too is a poet.
Barbara Hobot holds an MFA from Western University and a BA in Fine Arts from the University of Waterloo. She has shown her work most recently at AKA Artist Run, Saskatoon; Elora Centre for the Arts; Art Gallery of Windsor, and DNA Artspace, London. Earlier shows were held at Art Mûr, Montreal; Harbourfront Centre, Toronto; Galerie Kurt im Hirsch, Berlin; Chiellerie Gallery, Amsterdam; and Weglowa Art Studios, Bialystok. Hobot has participated in artist residencies in Canada, the United States, and Europe. Exhibitions in 2016 include Strong Bonds at the University of Waterloo Art Gallery, a group show at the Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery, and a solo exhibition at Olga Korper Gallery, Toronto. She is the recipient of awards from the Ontario Arts Council and numerous academic scholarships. Hobot lives and works in Kitchener and is represented by Olga Korper Gallery.
Kristiina Lahde is an artist from Toronto, Canada. She received her BFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (NSCAD) in 1999. Kristiina Lahde was nominated for the Sobey Art Award Longlist 2013. Lahde's work is on the cover if the spring 2013 issue of C Magazine. Lahde’s work is in the collection of the Canada Council Art Bank. Kristiina Lahde is represented by MKG127, Toronto.
Jennifer Rose Sciarrino is a Toronto- based artist working in photography, sculpture, video and installation. Sciarrino’'s work engages visualization technologies and contemporary object making to examine the continually shifting line between real and 3D-rendered surfaces. She is interested in ways the digital vernacular affects current and future modes of production, shifts in socio-economic concerns, cultural consumption/participation, and the inevitable environmental consequences of these forces. Sciarrino has exhibited her work nationally and internationally in group shows, including Talking Back, Otherwise at the Jackman Humanities Institute, Toronto; NADA art fair in New York; trans/FORM at The Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, Toronto; To What Does This Sweet Cold Earth Belong? at The Power Plant, Toronto; and in solo Shows, including Cloak at 811 Gallery, Toronto and Patterned Recognition at Daniel Faria Gallery, Toronto. In 2013, Sciarrino was one of the winners of the Toronto Friends of the Visual Arts’ Artist Prize. She is represented by Daniel Faria Gallery.
Adrienne Spier is a multidisciplinary artist who works with discarded and unwanted materials. Spier received an MFA from Concordia University, completed the Independent Studio Program at the Toronto School of Art, and has a BA in Fine Art from the University of Guelph. Her work has been exhibited in Toronto, Montreal, Quebec City, Calgary, Rouyn-Noranda, Guelph, Rotterdam, The Netherlands, and Berlin, Germany. She has taken part in numerous residencies in both Ontario and Quebec, including the Hamilton Artists Inc. Cotton Factory Residency. She is the recipient of various awards from the Ontario Arts Council, Canada Council for the Arts and Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec. Spier currently lives and works in Guelph, Ontario.