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Think Big
November 7, 2002 to January 5, 2003

Guest Curator: Cate Rimmer

Vernissage with artists in attendance
Thursday, November 7, 2002, from 7 to 9 pm with Nütsak Quartet

Curator's tour with Cate Rimmer
Thursday, November 7, 2002, from 6 to 7 pm (in English)

Kevin Schmidt,
Long Beach Led Zep, 2002

March21, DMT, 2002
Fiona Banner, Omer Fast, Brian Jungen, Myfanwy MacLeod, March21, Rita McBride, Rubén Ortiz Torres, Kevin Schmidt, Kathy Slade, Volker Tiemann

Think Big | Voir grand is an exhibition about the ordinary becoming extraordinary.

Think Big presents the work of ten artists who take aspects of the everyday, quotidian objects or expressions of pop culture experience, and transform them into something exceptional. The exhibition features both emerging and established artists from Canada and abroad including Fiona Banner, nominated for this year's Turner Prize, and Rita McBride recently named to a design team responsible for rebuilding New York's Ground Zero.

Shifts in scale, use value and intention are employed in the highly diverse works in the exhibition. Brian Jungen creates a remarkable whale skeleton made of plastic lawn chairs while Rubén Ortiz Torres customizes lawn mower in the tradition of low rider culture. Humour is employed by Myfanwy MacLeod in her Mascot work and by Omer Fast in his witty reworking of CNN newscasts. ‘Sex, drugs and rock 'n roll’ are explored in works by Fiona Banner, March21 and Kevin Schmidt; while Rita McBride, Volker Tiemann and Kathy Slade imbue mundane objects with consequence and authority.

Think Big is the first in a series of exhibitions exploring shifts between the mundane and the spectacular curated by Cate Rimmer as part of the Liane and Danny Taran Gallery’s Curator-in-Residence programme.

Free Guided Tours The Gallery offers free guided tours for schools and groups. Call us at 514-739-2301 to book a tour.

The Gallery gratefully acknowledges the continuous support of the ministère de la Culture et des Communications du Québec, The Canada Council for the Arts and the Arts Council of Montreal. The Gallery would also like to thank Ted Matthews and AVS Technologies for their generous support.

Top image: Volker Tiemann, My Mother's Dog (der Hund meiner Mutter), 2000