PATRICK MIKHAIL GALLERY PRESENTS PRIMER, AN EXHIBITION FEATURING FOUR NEW GALLERY ARTISTS
APRIL 14 TO MAY 8, 2010
FRIDAY, APRIL 16, 2010
5:30 P.M. TO 9 P.M.
SUNDAY, APRIL 25, 2010
PATRICK MIKHAIL GALLERY is pleased to present PRIMER, an exhibition featuring four new gallery artists working in a range of mediums. The exhibition marks the first time these four artists—ADRIAN GÖLLNER, ANDREW MORROW, ANDREW WRIGHT, and JINNY YU—have exhibited their work together. Each artist is scheduled to present a solo exhibition at the gallery in 2011.
ADRIAN GÖLLNER is a contemporary conceptual artist working in Ottawa who is sometimes described as a site-specific satirist. Employing a variety of mediums and techniques in a chameleon-like adaptation to the environments in which he exhibits, Mr. Göllner freely combines Cold War imagery, graphing techniques, and references to Modernism in artworks that critique consumer culture. Over the last decade, he has received more than 15 public art commissions in a number of cities including Vancouver, Ottawa, Toronto, and Berlin. Notable among these is an integrated sculpture for the Canadian Embassy in Berlin and artistic street lighting for the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics.
Mr. Göllner’s work has been shown in solo and group exhibitions throughout Canada, the United States, Europe, and New Zealand. He is the recipient of numerous grants from the Canada Council for the Arts and Ontario Arts Council. His work can be found in a wide number of collections, including the Anglo-Irish Bank, the Department of Foreign Affairs, the Canadian War Museum, and the Ottawa Art Gallery. Mr. Göllner received a B.F.A. from Queen's University in 1987.
ANDREW MORROW is an Ottawa-area painter who has recently been short-listed for the prestigious RBC Emerging Artist Award presented through the Council for the Arts in Ottawa. Mr. Morrow’s professional practice emphasizes the painted medium with his apocalyptic works negotiating the fragmentation of contemporary experience, masculinity, and sexuality. Recently, he expanded his practice into painting-driven, in-situ installation where painting and the conditions of its presentation become inseparable. His upcoming solo exhibition at the Art Gallery of Mississauga entitled Something Went Wrong in the Bedroom will be on view from May 6 to June 20, 2010. Mr. Morrow recently completed a Masters of Fine Arts degree at the University of Ottawa. In addition to a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Queen’s University, he holds degrees from the Ontario College of Art and Design, and the Toronto School of Art. His work has been featured in the Globe and Mail, Canadian Art magazine, and Vie des Arts magazine. He was a finalist in the 2004 RBC Canadian Painting Competition and is the recipient of the University of Ottawa’s 2009 Michel Goulet Award for Excellence in a Master of Fine Arts Thesis.
ANDREW WRIGHT is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Visual Arts at the University of Ottawa. His work involves multi-tiered inquiries into the nature of perception, photographic structures, and technologies, and the ways we relate to an essentially mediated and primarily visual world. He has produced sculpture, film, installation, outdoor works, and prints that probe phenomena, narrative, antique and contemporary technologies. He has exhibited both nationally and internationally, including exhibitions at the University of California, Berkeley, Oakville Galleries, Photo Miami, Roam Contemporary (New York), ARCO '05 (Madrid), Presentation House, Vancouver and the Art Gallery of Calgary. He is the founding Artistic Director for Contemporary Art Forum Kitchener and Area (CAFKA).
Mr. Wright is the recipient of numerous awards, and is a past winner of the Ernst & Young Great Canadian Printmaking Competition. His work can be found in numerous collections including the Royal Bank of Canada, Canada Council Art Bank, Ernst & Young, and the City of Kitchener. His work has been critically reviewed in Canadian Art, Border Crossings, and the Globe and Mail. In 2007, he was named a semi-finalist for the Sobey Art Award; he was previously nominated for the award in 2003, 2005. 2008, and 2009. He holds a Master of Fine Arts, from the University of Windsor, a Degree in Art History from the University of Toronto, and a Diploma in Studio Art from Sheridan College.
JINNY YU is a painter and Associate Professor in the Department of Visual Arts at the University of Ottawa. A native of Seoul, South Korea, Ms. Yu moved to Montreal in 1988. Having migrated more than once, she is constantly dealing with a feeling of detachment, non-belonging and “afloat-ment.” The distances she has travelled as a global nomad have allowed her to observe and concurrently detect and understand situations with an outsider’s perspective. Another consequence of her nomadic life is the constant dwelling in the in-between space that is neither here nor there, neither this nor that. This fascinating “liminal” space, though not always comfortable, is where she explores her work.
While continuing to investigate the conceptual, social, historical, and formal relationship of space and painting, Ms. Yu’s current practice explores the physicality of painting. Her works seek to exist somewhere between materiality and illusion. Rather than perceiving them as dichotomic or binary, she is seeking an oscillation between the two. This liminal space that she explores can be metaphorically seen as where she roams as a global nomad.
Ms. Yu’s works have been shown in numerous exhibitions in Canada, United States, Japan, Italy, and United Kingdom. She is the recipient of numerous grants and awards from the Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Québec, the du Maurier Arts Council (2001), and Concordia University. Her works can be found in numerous museum, corporate, and private collections including the Musée National des Beaux-Arts du Québec, Ernst & Young, ICI Canada Inc., and the Mills Foundation. Ms. Yu has an M.F.A. from York University, an M.B.A. from York University, and a B.F.A. from Concordia University.