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February 6 - 27 , 2016

Karilee Fuglem
What I see each moment I’ve never seen before

Centre Space
65 George Street, Toronto
M5A 4L8

Opening Saturday February 6th from 3:00pm to 6:00pm



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ABOUT THE SHOW

What I see each moment I’ve never seen before

A few months ago I made a sign for my studio, which still makes me burst out laughing. “NO IDEAS”* may seem like a declaration of defeat, but for me it’s a deadpan directive back to the here and now, clearing my head of projects, theories, explanations, metaphoric parallels. They’re all distractions from things like this little spot of light projected from who knows what, slowly coursing across my wall.

The work I’ll present at Centre Space is, like everything I see, made of reflective surfaces. They move when we move, giving back scraps of whatever is around them. The displaced air that sets them adrift is the same air that touches our skin. We feel what we see. Tellingly, some of this work began with photographs. One was of a place too personal to get across without betraying its intimacy, though I tried - shredding and reassembling it, blowing it up very large, slashing it into strips dangled with reflective materials, until, at last, the photographic image was unnecessary. Everything unsayable about that image is whispered by these simple wafting strips, alive in a way the photo couldn’t be. It reminds me how the past continues in us, never held still.

Maybe any meaning outside your/my experience of this work is irrelevant. There is this: material responding to the slightest shifts in light and air, returning me again and again to here, where I live.

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Karilee Fuglem’s work takes the form of installations, drawings, photographs and artist books, through which she explores visual subtlety as a key to embodied perception. Raised in Kamloops, British Columbia, she has lived in Montreal since 1989, and frequently travels back and forth between her two “homelands.” She has presented solo across Canada, notably at the Darling Foundry (Montreal), the Koffler Gallery (Toronto), Oakville Galleries (Oakville, Ontario), Rodman Hall (St-Catharines, Ontario) and in numerous group exhibitions, including the Biennale de Montréal in 1998 and 2011. Fuglem has also exhibited in group exhibitions at the Musée d’art contemporain, the Musée national des beaux arts du Québec and the National Gallery of Canada, who hold her work in their collections. A finalist for Montreal's Prix Louis-Comtois in 2010, Fuglem is represented by Pierre-François Ouellette art contemporain, where she has exhibited regularly since 2002.

*My studio sign took root with poet Fernando Pessoa, his voice a tonic as Alberto Caeiro, in The Keeper of Sheep, which I read in translations (and my favourite, a transélation** by poet Erin Mouré as Eirin Moure). I paraphrased my title from the Edwin Honig/Susan M. Brown version.

**Eirin Moure, Sheep’s Vigil by a Fervent Person, Toronto: Anansi Press, 2001 and Fernando Pessoa, The Keeper of Sheep (O Guardador de Rebanhos), Edwin Honig and Susan M. Brown, translators. Riverdale-on-Hudson, NewYork: The Sheep Meadow Press, 1971

The Gallery thanks SODEC for its support.


VIDEOS

The gallery acknowledges the exceptional work of film maker José Garcia-Lozano, documenting Karilee Fuglem in her studio prior to her 2013 solo exhibition in Montreal.






LINKS

- Karilee Fuglem's page on the PFOAC website
- Karilee Fuglem's artist website

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