Ruth Adler will take over the third floor hallway gallery for an exhibition of her textile collage paintings and textile installations. Ruth lives in Toronto and Tel Aviv and some of the artwork in this show was also created in Hawaii. Wherever she is, she collects fabric remnants from textile markets and discount dry goods stores that she combines with paint to create her colourful semi-abstract artworks. Printed textiles reference different times, cultures and histories, they infuse her work with notions of fashion, industry and craft. In her experimental approach to bringing textiles into her painting practice, she deconstructs and re-imagines them and offers them back vibrantly reconfigured.
Ruth’s work has been exhibited internationally since the 1980s. She has presented numerous solo exhibitions including, Jim Kemper Fine Art (New York), Lonsdale Gallery (Toronto) and Lorber Gallery (Tel Aviv). In the 80s and throughout the 90s she ran her own t-shirt label in Tel Aviv and designed t-shirts for Marci Lipman in Toronto. Ruth has received awards and grants for her work including a Bravo Fact award for her video work. She has also received commissions from the Iroquois Hotel (New York) and The Schneider Children’s Medical Centre (Petach Tiqvah, Israel).
Guest Curator: Noa Bronstein
Based in Montreal, Nadia Myre is an Indigenous and Quebecois artist interested in having conversations about identity, resilience and politics of belonging. Indian Act speaks of the realities of colonization – the effects of contact and its often-broken and un-translated contracts. The original work consists of all 56 pages of the Federal Government’s Indian Act mounted on Stroud cloth and sewn over with red and white glass beads. Each word is replaced with white beads sewn into the document; the red beads replace the negative space.
Between 1999 and 2002, Myre enlisted over 230 friends, colleagues and strangers to assist her in beading over the Indian Act. With the help of Rhonda Meier, they organized workshops and presentations at Concordia University, and hosted weekly beading bees at Oboro Gallery, where it was first presented in 2002, as part of the exhibition Cont[r]act.
Indian Act is presented as part of the exhibition Through lines, organized by the Koffler Gallery in partnership with Critical Distance Centre for Curators. Continuing inside the Artscape Youngplace building, the project brings together the works of seven artists that challenge notions of redaction, tackling its typical devices of shredding, blacking out, editing and covering up. Each of the artworks featured engages a restorative gesture that speaks to the ways in which history and memory are conceptualized within a contemporary context. Rather than considering redaction simply as a bureaucratic tool or an outcome of state control, these specific approaches enable new forms of knowledge production and remembering, both politically and personally. Contemplating alternative legibilities that might emerge through redaction, the exhibition highlights the spaces of inquiry revealed through acts of obstruction.
In each of these multi-layered projects, redaction performs as an invitation to challenge assumptions and easy readings of images, documents and texts. Honing these parallel perspectives, Through lines points to the spaces in-between, where the hidden and obscured becomes as significant as the visible.