1 North Square, Cambridge, ON
Mini Golf - a social practice is an exciting 9-hole course designed by nine teams of artists, and laid out across downtown Cambridge beginning and ending at Queen’s Square Gallery.
Reflecting on the use of public spaces, urban development trends and issues of access, artists developed projects that reflect individual sites and conditions. Collectively, this series of installations will provoke discussions around space usage, land value, and the role of spectacle in social engagement.
Individual holes designed and created by nine artists from across Ontario showcase different approaches and styles in use of material, space, and interpretation of the game: Expect all levels of difficulty, decoration, and attention. Included are sculptural, installation and conceptual pieces that will challenge you to a game of mini golf and alternative views of your own community and downtown spaces.
Participating artists: Steve DeBruyn (London), Vikki Dziuma (Guelph), Barr Gilmore (Toronto), Lee Goreas (Vancouver, Toronto), Marcia Huyer and Robert Hengeveld (Toronto), Derek Liddington (Toronto), Jess Perlitz (Philadelphia, Toronto), Julie René de Cotret (Montreal, Guelph), Amy Wong (Toronto).
Living and working in London, Ontario, Steve’s main artistic output consists of large-scale installation art, usually focused around the culture and aesthetics of skateboarding. As a 30-something Canadian, he takes into account his rural upbringing and lack of actual skill on the board itself in his work. He enjoys the traditional skater ethos of building things for free from whatever is available. He has also been known to create paintings, collages and zines. He frequently collaborates with others and is open to any and all possibilities when it comes to making artwork in Canada or abroad.
Vikki Dziuma completed her BA at the University of Guelph in 2013 and is now living in Toronto. She has exhibited at Xpace (Toronto), Ed Video Media Art Centre (Guelph) and participated in group exhibitions at Trinity Square Video (Toronto), Cambridge Galleries, and at the University of Guelph's Zavitz Gallery.
Barr Gilmore (RCA, MDes) is a Toronto-based designer and artist. He graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Art in sculpture and printmaking from UBC, Vancouver (1987); was the Studio Assistant to the renowned Canadian art collective General Idea (1991-95) and a Senior Design Associate at Bruce Mau Design (1996-2005). He completed his Master of Design in the IAMD graduate program at OCADU in 2011 for which he won the prestigious Governor General’s Academic Gold Medal. His book and exhibition designs have won numerous awards; and in 2009 he was inducted into the Royal Canadian Academy of the Arts (RCA) for graphic design. His work will be featured in two other exhibitions this summer: ‘Summer Special’ curated by Mona Filip, Koffler Gallery at Honest Eds; and ‘MADE: Directions and Intersections in Current Canadian Design’ at the Visual Art Centre of Clarington.
Lee Goreas is a Toronto based artist. He works in several mediums including photography, sculpture, drawing and digital video. Lee is currently teaching as a sessional lecturer at the University of Toronto Scarborough Campus in the Visual Arts Department. Over the past 20 years Lee has been the recipient of several arts grants from the Canada Council, Ontario Arts Council, Toronto Arts Council and the British Columbia Arts Council. Lee exhibits with and is represented by the Canadian gallery, BirchLibralato.
Marcia Huyer is currently living and working in Toronto. She studied sculpture at the Ontario College of Art and Design and completed her MFA in 2006 at the University of Victoria. She has exhibited internationally and nationally, primarily in artist-run centres, as well as the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Victoria, BC; ODD Gallery, Yukon; and, Eastern Edge, NFLD. She has also participated in projects such as Nuit Blanche and CAFKA ‘07, Kitchener, ON.
Robert Hengeveld is an installation and multi-media artist whose work explores the boundaries between reality and fiction, and where we find ourselves within that relationship. He is currently living and working in Toronto, ON. He completed his MFA at the University of Victoria in 2005 and studied the Ontario College of Art and Design. He began his art practice at Georgian College, where he received a Certificate and Diploma in Fine Arts. Some recent exhibitions include Hallwalls Contemporary Art Center (Buffalo), Jè-st’, Galerie d’art Louise et Reuben-Cohen (Moncton), and Mulherin Pollard Projects (NYC). Hengeveld is represented by Katharine Mulherin Contemporary.
Derek Liddington works and lives in Toronto. He obtained his MFA from the University of Western Ontario (London) and BFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (Halifax). Liddington’s work has been exhibited in numerous public settings, including his 2010 staging of Allegory for an Opera as part of Scotiabank Nuit Blanche (Toronto). His most recent solo exhibition titled Modern Love is currently on view at Daniel Faria Gallery (Toronto). He has exhibited at abc 2013 (Art Berlin Contemporary), and in group shows curated by Cole Swanson and Rui Amaral. Liddington has received numerous grants and in 2011 was shortlisted for the Toronto Friends of the Visual Arts Artist Prize. He is represented by Daniel Faria Gallery (Toronto).
Jess Perlitz is a Canadian artist currently working in Philadelphia, PA. She received her MFA from Tyler School of Art (2009) and her BA from Bard College (2000). Jess has exhibited at venues such as Tiger Strikes Asteroid (Philadelphia, PA), Arlington Arts Center (Arlington, VA), Cue Arts Foundation (NY, NY) and the Canadian Sculpture Centre (Toronto, Ontario). She has been the recipient of numerous awards including the Joan Mitchell Foundation MFA Award, Socrates Sculpture Park Emerging Artist Fellowship and the Franconia Sculpture Park Open Studio Residency. Jess was most recently a participant in Community of Community at the Queens Museum in NY. Whether it’s through sculptures that function like absurd weapons or performative inventions like rotating slowly as a disco lump, Jess’ work has always been focused on cultivating engagement and within that, considering voice. She currently teaches at Tyler School of Art at Temple University and Arcadia University in Philadelphia.
Julie René de Cotret was born in Montreal in 1976. She studied Fine Arts at John Abbott College, in Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue, Montreal and received her B.F.A. from the NSCAD, in 2004. In 2005 she was guest student at the Meadows School of Art, SMU, Dallas, Tx. She has recently finished a two-year artist residency program with the School of Environmental Science at the University of Guelph. Her studio is located in Guelph. René de Cotret is a member of the Board of Directors for Ed Video Media Art Centre, and she also curates at the Elora Centre for the Arts.
Amy Wong (b. 1981, Toronto) has lived and worked in Canada, the US, the Netherlands, Spain and China. Wong completed her BFA at Concordia University in Montréal, and her post-graduate studies at De Ateliers Institute in Amsterdam. Exhibitions include Naive Melody (this must be the place) at INDEXG, Toronto, Everything is Everything at aceartinc. Winnipeg, and Work on Wonder at the CEAC, Xiamen, China. Wong is the recipient of grants from the Toronto Arts Council, Ontario Arts Council, and Canada Council for the Arts. She is represented by Galerie Albus Lux in Roosendaal, the Netherlands.
The artist would like to acknowledge the support of the Ontario Arts Council, David Dennis, David Dennis Jr.,Sio, and Christopher Wong for the completion of this project.