GALLERY: SEBASTIAN BENITEZ, PETAR BOSKOVIC, SHELBY FENLON, MAXWELL HYETT, and MICKEY MACKENNA
STAIRWELLS: MAGGIE GROAT & JIMMY LIMIT, KAREN HENDERSON, and JOSEE PEDNEAULT
CURATED BY: KATELYN GALLUCCI
Critical Distance is pleased to present Signals & Sentiments, a two-part exhibition that examines how gesture functions as a mechanism for the production of identity. In CDCC’s third floor gallery, the exhibition takes the form of an intimate group show for which five Toronto-based artists, Sebastián Benítez, Petar Boskovic, Shelby Fenlon, Maxwell Hyett and Mickey Mackenna, consider the inner workings of the gestural urge. Placing a varied selection of sculpture and photo-based objects in context with each other, exhibition curator Katelyn Gallucci investigates how seemingly divergent artistic gestures might fundamentally derive from inadequacies of language, disposition, desire, and whim.
In Artscape Youngplace’s expansive stairwell spaces, three site-specific installations address the more exterior and transitory dynamics of gesture. Extending themes of self-discovery, the relationship between perception and memory, and the search for emotional connection through time, these encompassing spatial interventions by Maggie Groat and Jimmy Limit (working in collaboration), Karen Henderson, and Josée Pedneault condition the viewer’s bodily response as much as they embody gestural acts and intentions themselves.
Signals & Sentiments is a Featured Exhibition of the 2017 Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival.
About the Artists and Curator
Sebastián Benítez is a Toronto-based artist and curator born in Caracas, Venezuela. His practice explores issues of memory and identity through photography and installation. Petar Boskovic is a photo-based artist currently residing in Toronto. Through generating imagery that inhabits the absurd and intuitive elements of urban space, his practice examines the duality of presence and vacancy. Shelby Fenlon is a Toronto-based artist whose process-driven practice considers the cultural expectations of the photograph, its material constraints, and how they relate to the female body. Maxwell Hyett is a Toronto-based artist whose practice is concerned with how information is made, kept, retrieved, and translated. Mickey Mackenna is a Toronto-based artist who uses gesture and happenstance to manipulate found and industrial materials that provoke relational narratives.
Maggie Groat and Jimmy Limit are interdisciplinary artists based in St. Catharines, Ontario. At the intersection of their individual practices lie mutual fascinations with gardens, the recontextualization of materials, and futurist/dytopic narratives. Karen Henderson is a Toronto artist whose photo-based practice is focused on the relationships between presence, time, and space. Through her “continuous environments”, she explores the mechanisms of photography and the boundaries of perception. Josée Pedneault is a Montreal-based artist whose crossdisciplinary practice poetically navigates the delicate structures and connections that exist between the world and herself.
Exhibition curator Katelyn Gallucci is a photo-based artist currently living in Toronto. She is interested in identity and the psychology of selfhood through the fluidity of representation.