1 North Square, Cambridge, ON
When the institute fell over is an attempt at addressing the relevance of public museums in an ever increasing proliferation of art practices from artists who defy outdated disciplinary definitions. Patrick Cruz and Alexandra Mackenzie’s creative outputs overwhelm the gallery space with maximalist and collaborative approach bringing together a multiplicity of methods into a single show. Chipping away at the pillars of the traditional white gallery cube, the show is driven by the creative machine that celebrates the obscure, chaotic and that which doesn’t nicely fit inside the canon. We’re pretty sure the institute won’t collapse under this raw defiance, but it might fall over under the weight of its own promise and desire.
Artists: Alexandra Mackenzie and Patrick Cruz
Patrick Cruz (b.1987) is a Filipino-Canadian multidisciplinary artist. He holds a BFA from Emily Carr University of Art + Design, and is currently living and working in Guelph, Ontario where he is pursuing his Masters in Fine Arts at the University of Guelph. Cruz’s experience migrating from the Philippines to Canada informs his studio practice, prompting him to question notions of diaspora, displacement and the adoption of a new cultural identity. He recently initiated the 1st Kamias Triennial in 2014 in Quezon City, Philippines a tri-annual event that fosters alternative art practices through the dialogue between local and international artists. In 2015, Cruz was awarded first prize at the 17th Annual RBC Canadian Painting Competition. Cruz has presented work locally and internationally.
Alexandra Mackenzie is a multi-disciplinary visual artist and makes musical compositions under the moniker Petra Glynt. She studied piano and operatic voice in Ottawa, Ontario, acquiring the Royal Conservatory of Music’s Grade 9 before moving to Toronto in 2005 where she later graduated from the Ontario College of Art and Design University in 2011 with a Bachelor of Fine Art in printmaking. She has shown in numerous group shows around Toronto, and outside of country including San Fransisco and New York City and has had three solo exhibitions featuring large-scale drawings, screenprinted wallpaper, animation, paintings, etc. All of which strive to create an immersive, overwhelming experience for the viewer.
Since her studies in classical music she has played in a handful of bands as a drummer and/or singer and after the summer of 2012, inspired by the Occupy Movement, she decided to start her own solo project, Petra Glynt. Her first release was in March 2013 with the E.P Of This Land on Healing Power Records. This music gathers together aspects of her background as an operatically trained vocalist, drummer, and producer/recording artist, featuring a variety percussion, voice and vocal looping, and sample-based sound collage. In likeness with her visual art practice, she finds freedom in the infinite world of composition as synesthetic representations of colour, form, and rhythm, with lyrics that speak to a society conflicted with the cost of its dependence on a consumer and capital-driven economic system. Her overall practice
aims to combine sound and visuals cohesively with a message of empowerment for her audience. Her first full-length album is set be released in the fall of 2016 which will be accompanied by new body of visual work shown in both Toronto and Montreal. Some of which will be available for viewing beginning June 24th, 2016 in Cambridge, Ontario at Idea Exchange for When the institute fell over, a duo exhibition with Patrick Cruz.